Sunday, September 30, 2007

Update on Tate

The front of Tate's all done, and I'm afraid that's all the cabling there is to this particular project. Contrary to the pattern, I've chosen not to have the same cable run down the back, so from now on it's just going to be miles of mindless 3x3 ribbing. I am totally loving the yarn, which is RYC Cashsoft DK - it's truly made for cables. A bit more detail on my blog here.

Cable Ready Bag

Hi, I'm Jen from CT. This is the first KAL I've ever joined. I'm using the Lion Brand "Cable Ready Bag" pattern substituting two strands of Caron Simply Soft Shadows (color: Pearl Frost). This is going to be a Christmas gift for my mom.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Found my camera!

Finally, a shot of a finished front piece. The sleeve has reached the point where I can't really work on it at random, so it's moving more slowly now, but still, I'm getting there. (And I finally made it onto Ravelry, hurray!)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Nantucket Cable Sweater

Hi, I'm Judith from NJ. I've had this Plymouth pattern for years. Finally started the sweater for myself using RYC Cashsoft DK, which I love.

I've also found a pattern for the Lion Brand Cable Luxe Tunic that I want to knit using some cashmere I've been saving.

I've joined 2 days ago and started knitting some cables on my new mittens (using the Irish Hiking Wristwarmers pattern).
Have a nice week! <3

Tate - from Jaeger Handknits JB34

Hi everyone, this is my very first KAL. I wish I'd found this site sooner as I love cables. I've just finished a couple of cably projects, including a vest that took me half a year :) Now I'm knitting Tate, the cover design from Jaeger Handknits JB34, in RYC Cashsoft DK. So far so good! More details on my blog post.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's here!

The yarn has arrived! That means Operation Cycling Aran is underway. Not very original I know. Now I just have to swatch in secret, cast on in secret, and knit happily away. . . in secret.

(sorry the pic is funky, but you guessed it I'm posting IN SECRET)

I really hope I can pull of this Christmas surprise!

Progress on Kilkenny

I cast on 9.15.07
This is the back, and I've already gotten up to the first repeat on the front. This just may be finished and wrapped in time for Christmas. This is for son#1.
Future DIL is getting the Selbu mittens I just finished, and son #2 is getting the hat I just finished...better come up with something else too for son#2.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Starting the sleeves!

Joining the group with Central Park Hoodie.

I received an order of KnitPicks Merlot Heather, Swish Superwash, only 8 skeins, for a different project. But when I saw the color, I knew what I wanted to do with it, and fortunately, a quick call to KnitPicks confirmed that more of the same dye lot was available - Whew!! It's on it's way to me, so I started the two sleeves yesterday (9/23). It's working up quickly, and holding my interest! So far, I'm sticking to the pattern -- but I will probably try to knit the back and fronts as one piece, eliminating the seaming. I'm looking forward to chatting with others who are currently working this, or those who have already finished it.

Here's what I have so far - many of my pictures will have one of 2 small boys in them. I am a babysitting grandma of 2-yr-old twins, and I can keep an eye on them better if they're in front of the camera!


I am excited to be a part of this knitalong again this year!
...and I have already started it with a bang ;)

Match Made?

The Aran Accent Vest from the Patons CABLES booklet, knit in Tess Designer Yarns Merino Worsted. I worked on this for quite a while yesterday, and I am about 3/4 through the first cable repeat. This is more cabling than I have ever done, and I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I see many more Arans in my future.

I will be updating this vest's progress on my blog, LollyKnitting Around until I finish.

Tangled Yoke Cardigan progress

I'm knitting the Tangled Yoke Cardigan from the fall 07 Interweave Knits. Instead of starting from the bottom up, I started at the yoke area with a provisional cast on. Later, I’ll pick up there and knit down so I can adjust it to fit. More info on my blog here if you are curious as to why I'm doing it this way.

I'm also knitting a red cabled cardigan of my own design. It will have cables from just under the bust down, and gradually widen over the hips. This is what the cables are looking like on it.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Finished Cables!

Come see the details here!

Small Cable Project Finished

I have just finished these cabled mitts. I need to get the pattern typed up so I can get it in the mail. These are knit in Louet Gems Sport wt, in Sage on size 2 dpns. I have several small projects, with cables started that I hope to finish and 2 large ones. One from Arans and Celtics The Sensational Shirttails, and another from the last Fiona Ellis book, I think it is named A Gathering ??? I obviously have not looked at it in a while since I can't remember the exact name.
I can't wait to see all the cabled projects that come off the needles this Fall. It is great inspiration to finish mine.


My first finished project for the Fall Cable 2007 is Bristow.
The buttons were sewn on this morning but I was almost finished when I accepted and joined this KAL as well as received my invitation to Ravelry More photos and details on my blog and Ravelry

My next project will either be my second Must Have Cardigan or a new Aran Cardigan. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's projects!

Shirley -

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Decisions, decisions....

It is great to be back for the '07 KAL.

I am torn between A Cardigan for Arwen and Josephine.

I may be a complete flake, and choose a totally different pattern.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Vintage Cables

Hello all!

This is my second Fall Cable KAL and after much thinking, I have decided on three projects. I am about to finish one that I started less than a month ago, so that will be my first cable-y project. It is the Relax Cushion, from Jo Sharp's Home book.

The other projects for the KAL are from two vintage magazines. The first one is a Cable/Lace Cardigan from a Fleisher magazine, dating to the early 60's. I am using a Portuguese yarn, Rosarios 4 Cantabrico, in denim blue.

The second project that I will try to finish is a cabled sweater, from a Bernat Handicrafter, dating to 1958. I am hoping to use Jaeger Shetland from my stash but I only have 5 skeins and the yarn is discontinued (anyone have an extra ball for sale/swap, in the grey tweed? please?!) so I may have to rip it but I am willing to risk it as I think this yarn and pattern are a perfect match!

Come see the progress at The Crafty Weasel!

One new project, one to finish

So far, I've found two cabley things that need my attention. One is the Wanderlust hoody that I started during last year's KAL and the other is the Journey sock. I'm still using Debbie Bliss merino chunky for the sweater and plan to use some Indigo Moon merino for the socks.
I'm sure I'll find more great things to do as the weather gets colder and I look forward to seeing what everyone else has on the needles!

Progress Report

This thing's a fast knit - even with minimal knitting time these days, the two fronts are done! Now on to the sleeves - I only wish they were knit shoulder down instead of wrist up, both because I would like to make sure they're long enough (which is to say, too long), but also because I really really like it when the number of stitches per row gets smaller instead of bigger. I do see one problem - once you've finished the fronts and back and sleeves, by all rights a sweater is done, but then there will still be the hood left. At least I started early enough that I should get it all done before the end of the KAL!

I did finally buy some batteries, but now I can't find the actual camera *sigh*. I'm cleaning out my library so with any luck it'll show up sometime soon and I can show off my progress in pictures and not just words.


Hiya from a chilly NoFla! As a note of introduction...I wanted to say hello and make a project statement. I'm planning on knitting Anne Budd's Tyrolean Stockings from IK Fall 2007, and either Eunny Jang's Tangled Yoke Cardigan or Cathy Payson's Placed Cable Aran (from the same issue). The latter sweater "looks" more like me, but Eunny's design looks like it would be so much fun to knit! Oh...the yarn. I'll be spinning to knit. The Tyrolean Stockings...will be a blend of Shetland and Gulf Coast Native - probably "natural" grey/cream. The sweater? I'm not sure yet. I'll either spin a blended roving...Mohair and Romney, or I'll card some Border Leicester and blend it with the Mohair/Romney or with some creamy GCNI.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


A bit of KAL business to get out of the way.

This is in regard to posting the KAL blog. When adding a label to your post, please check the existing labels before adding a new one. If there is an existing label that will fit the subject of your post, use it rather than adding a new one. Also, I would like to keep the labels to Project Name only. That way visitors and fellow KAL'er can check out all of the beautiful Cycling Aran sweaters easily and quickly.

I will update the exisiting posts with the apprpriate labels, if you have questions, please feel free to email me at the fallcable address and I can walk you through it.

Thanks everyone!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cabling Newbie

Hey everyone! I was waiting to post until the yarn for my secret gift knitting (for my hubby) came in, but it's unfortunately back ordered for another week. So instead of waiting I figured I'd pop in, say hello and let you know what I'll be working on.

I'm going to be knitting the Cycling Aran from Hello Yarn in Cascade's Eco Plus Wool. I chose the navy color because a while back when I showed him this pattern he really liked a version he saw in navy. He doesn't even know I'm knitting him a sweater, so it's going to be hard to keep it a secret. The plan is to work on it when he's not around or only when I'm out of the house.

Hope it works!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

All geared up and ready to go!!

I have acquired my yarn from Little Knits. I am using Aruacania Nature Wool #43, Amethyst and Fuschia to make my second Central Park Hoodie. This yarn was a good deal, at 50% off (4.99 a skein).
I originally made a teal CPH that I am in the process of finishing up. I will start my second one on the 23rd, and I am so anxious. I can't wait. Two cabled hoodies for the fall season. Who could ask for anything more? Cables are such an easy way to add texture and style to an otherwise plain garment. I love it!!!

My New Cable Project

Thanks for the kind comments about Ed's sweater. I'd like to finish it over the next couple of weeks so I can start my new project for the KAL. It is going to be Elsebeth Lavold's Thora sweater.

This was originally published in Knitter's Magazine, Fall 1999, which is out of print, but it is also in Knitter's "Arans and Celtics". If you're looking for a cable sweater design, this book has many nice patterns. I made the woven cable sweater for my son from it, and if I can get him to model the sweater, I'll post it.

I'm just about finished with another Lavold sweater, Liv, from Designer Book 1, and so I think I've mastered some of the idiosyncrasies of the pattern and learned how to adjust it, since I don't get the suggested gauge. And it makes sense to do another for which I already have stash yarn and buttons. I'll be knitting Thora in Filatura di Crosa's Zara, charcoal gray.

Thora doesn't have as much cabling as I'm used to, but it will be my first attempt at a saddle shoulder.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I Love Cables

Thanks for inviting me to join this KAL. I love cable knitting more than any other kind of knitting, and it will be fun to share my projects and progress with you. Right now, I'm working on a sweater I designed for my husband, Ed. I've been at this since January--and I've interleaved it with other projects--but the weather is getting cool, and he wants to wear it.

Here is an old photo of what it looks like. I have finished the collar, but I haven't done the ribs on the pockets or the sleeves.

The yarn is Mountain Mohair from Green Mountain Spinnery, which I've used before for cabled sweaters. In fact, I have some in their raspberry color that I hope to start for me in a month or so. I thought I'd use a pattern from VK, but I've been reconsidering another design of my own.

This one should occupy me for the next couple of weeks.

If you want to see more details about this sweater, check my blog:

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Hi everyone, I'm Christie, one of your hostesses, and I just wanted to take a moment to share my planned project for this year's KAL.

It's the Cabled Coat from the 25th Anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting. I found the pattern on Ravelry, immediately fell in love and bought the magazine that same day.

I would prefer my coat to be a little shorter, ending at the collar's edge. This means less yarn and more work trying to rearrange all of Norah Gaughan's hard work designing this thing. I'm pretty confident I can make it happen.

As far as yarn is concerned, my original plan was to use some gray All Seasons Cotton, but nixed that since I already have a gray cabled sweater [from our first Cable KAL]. I then decided on some Chocolate Ecological Wool, but found the color in person a little too drab for such a fabulous coat.

I finally decided on some natural colored Debbie Bliss Merino Aran from my very own stash. I think is a great choice for this sweater. I swatched up a bit yesterday and the gauge was spot on. Now I just have to wait for the Knitpicks Options needles I ordered to arrive and I'll get down to business.

I'm too excited to start this!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Buttons! We got buttons!

Thanks to Miss Muffy herself for making up the button and banner for our lovely little cable KAL.

Save to your own server, peeps.

Be Gentle, It's my first time

Hey everybody! Allow me to introduce to you my very first "serious" cable knitting project. I say "serious" because I've knit a hat with cabled ribs, but as far as I'm concerned, that doesn't really count!

I've had a rough start. After the first chart repeat the cable pattern looked like this;

Wha? Something was definitely amiss. I put it aside for a while and knit a swatch from the chart. Still wonky. I knit more swatches with different interpretations of the chart. I compared the chart to other charts. Having never knit cables before, the chart was not exactly second nature to me. I did however decide I was at least a good enough knitter to recognize that there was something wrong with the pattern.

The 2007/2008 collection of patterns on the Drops sight are first editions and they do warn against errors. The site had a contact to report errors so report I did. Naturally, I figured out the mistake 5 minutes before they got back to me! (It was a cross in front/cross in back mix-up if you're curious). I will say, the Drops people were very quick to get back to me and corrected the pattern on their website right away. I'm a freakin' hero!

If anything good came of the rigmarole, it was all that swatching (I had knit a gauge swatch with the yarn, but that was just in plain stockinette). It forced me to "understand" the cable, rather that just blindly following the chart. Plus, I got frustrated with the cable needle and looked up how to cable without one. I'll be a cable master in no time!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Introduction and Cables Milano

I am signing up for the second year in a row. This year, I was inspired by Cables Milano in the Fall 2007 issue of Knit N Style.

I showed the picture to DH and he immediately replied that he would wear it if I made it.

"Even in LA? It looks kind of warm."

"I would wear it. You don't see sweaters like that everywhere."

I went through the stash because I am in stash reduction mode right now. He rejected every single suitable yarn in the stash. OK then, I have an excuse to go shopping.

You can see my Fall 2006 cable project here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Ravelry group is up!

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer, and I'm very happy and excited to be cohosting the Fall Cable KAL with Christie for a third year. We now have a group on Ravelry. Search for Fall Cable KAL under groups and join us.

Also, as noticed by the the previous post, we don't have a button for this year. If anyone is so inclined to offer up a blog button, Christie and I would appreciate it greatly! We can also use the button to pretty up our Ravelry group header as well.

Cable on, everybody!


Just wondering if there is going to be a new button for our blogs? Thanks.


Greetings from South Florida,

I am so excited about this KAL, I love cables, just finished a irish hiking scarf for the OFA and now looking for my next cable project.


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I already had it on my needles...

... so I guess I started the KAL early.
The back is done! Almost exactly one skein of Lion's Fisherman for the large size. And tonight I made it past my first bobbles. Bobbles are stupid fun to knit, yes, but even more fun to wear. I'm jazzed about knitting again, thanks Christie! Now if only I could learn to do makeup as well as the model.

Don't Hesitate...

We only have a few members so far...but I'm positive like last year the numbers will grow exponentially.

And although there is an "official" start date, if you have a project on the needles that you would like to post about, please don't wait!

Thank You!

Hurray! I am so glad there is another Fall Cable KAL. Can't wait for the kick off. Cable patterns seem to be everywhere, in the knitting magazines, in Ravelry, and in blogland. I have mine all lined up. Thanks, again, for starting this KAL.