First off, a big thank-you to everybody for the birthday wishes! I just finished one of those 7-day work stretches, so I haven’t answered any emails in a week. (And given my historically lousy letter-writing skills, I may never get to all of them!) The nice thoughts are very much appreciated, though.

Here’s something little that I bought myself for my birthday:


And when you buy a set of four, you get a fifth one, with a custom picture:


Need a close-up? I thought so.


I got them at Zephyr Style, you can find ’em here.

I haven’t figured out even a quarter of the features on my new camera, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. The pets are getting a little sick of getting their pictures taken. Lucy has gone into the witness protection program again, and I can’t find her to get a shot, but here are the other two doing what they do best, during one of those famous Pacific NW “sunbreaks”.


And finally, the knitting content. Rogue is at last done. Here are a couple of pictures:



Yarn: Beaverslide Dry Goods Fisherman weight 100% wool, in the color Snowberry.
Pattern: Rogue, by the Girl From Auntie. Look under “Patterns to Buy”.
Started: early January, 2005. Derailed by this in March.
Finished: October 11, 2005.
For: Me!
Gauge: 4 st and 6 rows/inch. The recommended gauge for the pattern was 4.5 stitches to the inch, and I swear, I swatched. Twice. It still came out wonky at the very end.
Needles: I used my Denise needles, size 6 (5 for the hem). I can’t believe that I would need to use a size 5 needle for heavy worsted/aran yarn, but there you are.

What I learned: Patience! This one took me a long time to finish, due to my apparent ineptitude at walking. I also have learned to keep on measuring gauge as I’m going along. This sucker is a bit big for me, but there is no way that I’m giving it away, or worse, reknitting it. I wanted it baggy, because I will mostly wear it as a jacket outside (though I’m currently sweltering in it in the house because I just had to wear it today!). This is a bit baggier than I intended, but what the heck.
I learned a lot about knitting cables also. That kangaroo pocket was a hoot to knit. Next time I do something like this with a hem, I will consider doing a provisional cast on, then knitting the hem up to the body. This pattern was just so much fun that I might make it again.
I also just LOVE this yarn. It is so soft that I can wear it without any itch-factor at all, even right next to my skin. I already have another batch on order to make another sweater. Maybe another Rogue even??

About Lorette

My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


Rogue! — 36 Comments

  1. Wow… your Rogue looks great. Mine will not be looking like that, I assure you! That color looks great on you and your cables turned out so crisp. Very pretty.

  2. Rogue looks great, and you look so mysterious inside the big hood.
    Watch out for that stitch marker in the middle. πŸ˜‰

  3. Rogue is beautiful! Mine came out a little smaller than I wanted, so by the law of averages together we have the perfect sweater. I loved the pattern so much I will definitely do it again. I’m just wishing the weather would get a little cooler so I can wear mine – I have worn her several times and I think she’s going to be a favorite! Hmmm – maybe my next one will be pink.

  4. That looks really good! You live in a climate where you can wear something warm and bulkier underneath, then have room for Rogue on top. There is certainly room for bigger garments like that. I TOTALLY understand not wanting to reknit. Sometimes, a project is just DONE. No matter what.
    Great stitch marker(s).

  5. Your Rogue looks beautiful, and the stitch markers are adorable. But . . . can pets get tired of having their picture taken??

  6. What a beautiful Rogue! It looks so snuggly and comfortable on you. The color and the cables really frame your face in a lovely way.

  7. Rogue looks beautiful! I much prefer the larger, looser look with that sweater. Mine fits “just right” and I never wear it. I’m tempted by yours to make another~ with the Beaverslide yarn.
    Great job!

  8. Gorgeous, Lorette. Now I’m glad that I didn’t choose pink, as it would come nowhere near yours. Hope the weather gets cool enough for you to show it off.

  9. I think your Rogue looks fantastic. It doesn’t look too baggy. It looks perfect for wearing over things, or not.
    Love those stitch markers too.

  10. Your Rogue is GORGEOUS! I love the color and it’s looks so comfortable! Perfect for snuggling up in on a cool fall day!

  11. Wow Lorette, Rogue is just lovely…perfect color and wonderful knitting!! And her size looks perfect for snuggling on a chilly day! Enjoy your beautiful creation! (and happy birthday!)

  12. RA-RA Rogue! Looking absolutely comfy! Good job! Love the ‘sun breaks’ that is so peaceful when animals do that…no wonder that say pets are good for our hearts πŸ™‚

  13. you’ve already got some more yarn on order! good for you!!
    i love your finished rogue. i know you think it is a little bit big – but seriously it looks absolutley fantastic! well done. you otta be con-gra-tu-la-ted!

  14. It looks great – I have been eyeing that pattern for a while, and it seems fun, between the cables and the kangaroo pocket. Pink is a great color for you!

  15. That is beautiful! After all those cables, Mariah should be a cinch for you. Love the solar animal pictures – just tell them to tough it out, they have fans. πŸ™‚

  16. happy belated birthday!!!
    the rogue is beautiful!!!
    i wish i had time to focus on a cable pattern…even one that has only border type cables…sigh…

  17. I think it looks PERFECT! Soo comfy and cozy! I love it!! I need to stop putting mine off and DO IT! (I picked it up briefly in august and put it back down :-\)

  18. Wow. It looks beautiful!! I have loved seeing your progress pics as you put this thing together. It is such a beautiful color and is as baggy as I hope mine turns out to be. It looks great on you too; when you are just wearing it casual and when you are wanting to be hidden. Great job. Thanks for the inspiration.