My love for Rowanspun Aran…

December 30, 2010

A year or so ago, I acquired a small lot of 6 skeins of Rowanspun Aran in a dark blue color. It was initially going to become a Garter Yoke Cardigan, but after I increased way too much on the raglan and I had to ripout I decided to put the yarn aside for something else. It was one of those moments of realization that while you love the yarn and love the pattern, it wasn’t coming together right. I’m trying to listen to those realizations when they happen, instead of ignoring them until the project is almost finished, or finished, and all I have is regret and the need to rip.

Rowanspun Aran

Along came Idlewood, and I knew that would be the right pairing of pattern and yarn. I cast on shortly after Rhinebeck and finished before Thankgiving. A quick knit that when bound off filled me with the realization that yes, this was perfect and I would be wearing this sweater all the time.

another shot of my finished idlewood

I have been. I wear it at least once a week. It’s the perfect layering sweater for the cold we’ve been having, and the yarn is so crunchy yet soft. Rowanspun Aran has won my heart over. It really sucks that it’s discontinued and only a few people are destashing it on Ravelry but not in quantities or colors I really want. The texture of the yarn reminds me of Manos Classica in it’s subtle thick-thin and the fabric it knits into is gorgeous. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. In fact, I really need to wash and re-block it today so I can continue to wear it ad nauseum. I really need to knit another one of these sweater, with a little longer of sleeves. Perhaps elbow length or even 3/4 length? But what yarn to use?!

Pattern: Idlewood by Cecily Glowik Macdonald
Size: 40 but at a smaller gauge
Yarn: Rowanspun Aran, colorway 965, used ~4.5 skeins
Needles: US 9 | 5.5mm
Mods: My gauge is a tad tighter, so I am knitting up a size and fitting it to me as I knit. I used size 9s for both the cowl and the body since the fabric was fine enough, and drapey enough. And I didn’t notice that I was supposed to use a larger needle for the cowl. Heh. I didn’t follow the directions for the increases, as I am not very curvy. I did 2 sets of increases spaced accordingly, since I tried on the sweater to place them. I added 2 inches to the length of the body, since I am a long person and the length in the pattern didn’t hit where I wanted it to in order to get more of a tunic silhouette.


I also used the left over half skein to knit a winter hat for my dear brother. He doesn’t usually wear winter hats but has been this past season since upstate NY has been mighty chilly. Poor thing is wearing the hat I made him years ago when I started picking up knitting again and I know that hat is too small. I’m sending off this warm treat to him soon to keep that smart brain warm.

Rowanspun hat for my dear brother

Pattern: Kim’s Hat by Kim Hamlin
Size: Largest (my brother is 6’3”. That’s a big human.)
Yarn: Rowanspun Aran, colorway 965, ~.6 of a skein (~160yds)
Needles: US 8 | 5.0 mm
Mods: ribbed brim is 2 inches long and the body of the hat had added length too. Wanted to make sure he could fold over the brim and keep most of his ears warm still.

OH…AND…both of these projects came totally from stash so they count for my Stashdown project! How exciting!

5 Responses to “My love for Rowanspun Aran…”

  1. barefootrooster Says:

    andrea — LOVE this. your project might single-handedly motivate me to dig out my idlewood and keep going. (and the house looks awesome.)

  2. JennaKate Says:

    Beautiful sweater, and great details on the yarn. Sending wishes that more of it comes your way!

  3. Bridget Says:

    Well, you know you have inspired me to knit myself an Idlewood too – I can’t wait to start (but must finish my hat first, it’s a deal I made with myself).

    Your brother is gonna love that hat – and I love that you used up the yarn and that it counts for stashbusting!

  4. whitney Says:

    Idlewood looks great on you!

    I hate it when yarns I love are discontinued – and I realized the other day that that’s a huge part of my stashing problem, because if I know I want to knit with a yarn, but I don’t have time right now, what if it gets discontinued? So I buy it anyway. But I’m trying not to think about it too hard during this year, at least, while I knit down my stash.

  5. […] to score 8 skeins of the yarn from someone’s destash on Ravelry. You might recall, during my love song post to Rowanspun Aran, that I’ve mentioned the sad fact that this yarn is […]

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