|Umaro, [ jenleigh ]'s version.|
Umaro by Jared Flood
Knit in Cascade Eco-Wool, taupe; 5.75 skeins, held double throughout the project.
Knit on * size US 15 needles.
*Trick for cabling found below.
I remember a few years ago reading a post by Jared Flood on his [then] blog about a blanket he aptly named Big Squishy Lovefest. Although this is not EZ's Garter Stitch Blanket, I totally get what he meant. There's something about knitting a large, or better yet, ginormous project, and having it spill all over you while your clicking away. As a matter of fact, I think the very fact that you can feel it gaining in length encourages you to finish!
|I opted for Cascade Eco-Wool instead of Lana Grande.|
I think I was one of the first people to cast on for this project after the pattern was published. I don't know what got in to me. Before this, I had never tackled anything so large! It was a total impulse buy that I'm glad I gave in to! I knit my Umaro and gifted it Christmas of 2010. It's intent was always to be gifted, so maybe that helped propel to complete it (in a timely manner)...
|By doubling the yarn I achieved a similar thickness to the original.|
|Necessity is the mother of invention when it comes to cabling on size US 15s.|
(For most projects I now use an extra cable instead of going cable-less or a fidgety cable needle.)
It was after finishing Umaro that I went on a tear, as we like to say in the South. It was my marathon knit! After it, nothing again would ever seem to large to tackle! Thankfully last year at Christmas we had a blizzard blow through Kansas so I was relegated to the sofa with nothing but Season One of Northern Exposure and a ginormous blanket to knit. (Don't you just hate it when that happens?)