Back in November I taught a "Design Your Own Aran" class at Camas Creek Yarn. We met every Monday (five that month), and I led the students through the process of measuring, swatching, swatching, swatching (I kinda hammered that one to death), choosing cable patterns, and knitting a top-down Aran. I knew we wouldn't finish in the allotted five weeks, but by the end of the month, several knitters were well on their way. One (Marcie), finished hers and wore it to the retreat at the Izaak Walton Inn, where—alas—I neglected to get a picture of it, but it was stunning. She knit it out of Berroco Vintage and it featured a very flattering deep V-neck with wide ribbing.
Another student, Debbie, brought hers in to Camas Creek a few weeks ago when I was working so she could visit with me about finishing the neckline. Even in its unfinished state I could tell it was going to be gorgeous. Just yesterday I was wondering to myself whether she had completed it, and lo and behold!—today she posted pictures of her finished sweater on Facebook.
I can't tell you how it tickles me to see pictures of sweaters designed and knitted by students in my classes, or knitters who have followed the instructions for the FLAK knitalong or the instructions in Aran Sweater Design. It's like having a kid graduate from college and I am so proud of every single one of them.
Debbie did a phenomenal job of planning her design and swatching. She was so enthusiastic about starting that she mis-heard what I said about making the swatch—she thought I said "Cast on 100 stitches and knit 100 rows and use a whole skein of yarn" when I had actually said, "Cast on 100 stitches and knit at least one or two repeats of the entire pattern and you might use a whole skein of yarn." Bless her heart, she powered-knitted a huge swatch and used a whole skein of Cascade 220. But she knew where she was going with this design because of that large swatch. I am particularly taken with the turtleneck and the fancy ribbing on the cuffs. Wow.
Some day I would love to have an online gallery devoted to the wonderful sweaters designed by my students and customers. You guys rock!