Lala has a bandmate who is the best thing ever. Not only has she accomplished more at twenty-six than most of us ever will, but she can play any instrument that crosses her path, she can write songs to rival Nashville’s best, and she is doing a really unselfish thing. She’s pregnant, and because she’s a sailor with realistic dreams of sailing around the world, she knows now is not the time for her to raise a child. So she’s giving the baby to two daddies who can’t wait to meet their new son or daughter, which I think is totally amazing.
But she lives on a boat (a small boat), and it’s going to be winter soon, which means she’ll be pregnant on a boat in winter. I figured she needed something warm, and I figured she deserved it. Also, I just wanted to design an aran, so I did. Forgive all the pictures — I’m pretty proud of it. I hated to give it away, which was a good sign.
Pattern: Mine. Wheee! 40 inch chest, raglan shaping until the sleeve cap ran out, then a k2p2 neck rib until I liked the look of it.
Yarn: Peruvian Highland, from Elann in Malt Heather, 14 balls used.
Could use a blocking, I suppose, but I rarely block. Why start now? The cables are from the Vogue Bible and the ones framing the main cable are the important ones. They are the traditional horseshoe cable. Or, as I like to call them, the Whoreshoe cable. I ran them up the front, back, and sleeves, all facing up to collect the luck to her heart.
Shown: Both front and back of sleeves. I like the underside of the sleeves — I wasn’t sure how to fill in the space as I increased the sleeve width, and I was too lazy to deal with fudging another cable pattern, so I threw in k1tbl separated by single purls as the space allowed, stopping at a total of 11 k1tbls. Makes for a cushy elbow.
Note how I fill it out. Keep in mind that I am not pregnant.
Digit and I both like the neck.
And on Joni!
See how wee she is? I figured if it fit me on a good day, it would fit her pregnant. I was right. Sigh.
Now I’m vaguely worried about other friends being sad I haven’t made them a sweater, but most of them know I have to be moved to make one. And please, if you’re my friend, and you’re pregnant on a boat in winter, I’ll totally make you one. Promise.
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