May 11, 2006

Recipe for Baked Cables

Baked Cables (serves 1)

1 pattern for basic structure
Denise interchangeables, sizes 7 (for body), 6 (for ribbing), and 9 (for binding off)
6 skeins wool in Iris
1 book of Aran Stitches
6 silver buttons with celtic knots
darning needle


  1. Swatch for cables. Swatch for cables again. Keep on swatching. When you hit half a dozen swatches, stop.

  2. Find yarn and buttons. Order them. Get more and more antsy as you wait for yarn to arrive

  3. Begin knitting. Get cocky about cables. Don't bother checking if you're doing them right until you have to rip out at least 30 rows. Do a lot of swearing under your breath. Rip it out and try again.

  4. Get distracted by other things: Computer games, Sockpal000za socks that need to be done, socks for husband, lace shawl

  5. Get smacked upside the head by a big dose of reality check because you only have four weeks left and you are not even halfway done. Begin knitting on sweater non-stop.

  6. Despite misgivings that stitch gauge has changed enough to be a problem when switching from Denises to DPN's on the sleeves, finish and bind off both sleeves. Do not bother to count cable repeats to make sure both sleeves are same length.

  7. Decide to redo sleeves later, in the hopes that maybe they will magically fix themselves. Ha ha ha.

  8. Finish body. Add collar, button band, and buttonhole band. Redo at least two of those.

  9. Rip out both sleeves, despite obvious lack of time. Tell yourself that sleep is highly overrated anyway. Remind yourself that you can sleep on the plane.

  10. Fly off to Portland for a day on a business trip. Get delayed in airport coming home. Stay up until 1:30 am to finish sweater after flying home (even though you've been up since 4am that morning).

  11. Drink more coffee than should be humanly allowed. Weave in all ends.

  12. Wash sweater to remove copious amounts of cat hair. Do not remember until AFTER sweater is dripping wet that you have no clue where you can lay it out to block it that is free from cats (indoors), gardeners, birds, or more cats (outdoors).

  13. Wander aimlessly around the house with extremely damp sweater in arms, mumbling to oneself.

  14. Drink a lot more coffee.

  15. Just before you begin to fully panic, remember that your office parking lot is very sunny and that cars parked in sunny places become little ovens.

  16. Spread sweater out in back of car. Drive to work. Park in prime sweater-baking location.

  17. Leave sweater in hot car all day. Turn every few hours until fully baked.

  18. Revel in completion of sweater.

  19. Serve warm.

Ireland, here I come!

Posted by Jenipurr at May 11, 2006 08:39 AM

It's beautiful. Love the cables, love the color. You did a wonderful job and can be very proud of your sweater.

Now that it's baked, you can have a wonderful trip and wear it with pride.

Posted by: Marguerite at May 11, 2006 06:42 PM

I just read your post in the knitting community and after I saw the awesome sweater, I was pleasantly surprised to see it was knitted by my sock pal. I love the sweater. Cables are awesome.

Have fun in Ireland! (Irish pride.)

Posted by: Megan at May 11, 2006 06:52 PM

Gorgeous gorgeous awesome awesome!

Posted by: Keli at May 11, 2006 07:41 PM

It's lovely! Enjoy it and your trip!

Posted by: Debi at May 11, 2006 10:28 PM

it's very beautiful indeed - and the colour is gorgeus.

I also hope your stay in Ireland will be nice.

Posted by: heidi at May 11, 2006 11:39 PM

It's gorgeous! Makes me want to finish my own. Beautiful job.

Posted by: Annie at May 12, 2006 05:19 AM

It's awesome!

Posted by: Rosemary at May 12, 2006 06:15 AM

Fantastic and congratulations!! I loved your recipe and the method of baking. Wish it got that hot up here in Maine.

Posted by: AnneB at May 12, 2006 06:25 AM

What an inspiration to those of us who are still FLAKer Slackers!!

Posted by: Wannietta at May 12, 2006 09:06 AM

It looks fantastic! I'd say that's a winning recipe :-)

Posted by: Dave at May 12, 2006 09:38 AM

LOVE LOVE LOVE your cable selections! Must make another one if only she would post the last part so I can do the buttonbamnd and FINISH the thing. I've NEVER taken this long on a project, but have never had to wait for the parts to be posted. Yours is gorgeous!

Posted by: Lisa at May 12, 2006 10:12 AM

What a great story AND sweater. Most of us are lucky to have one or the other. I'm green with envy. Irish green, rolling hills and local clover green. Enjoy!

Posted by: Diane Thornton at May 12, 2006 01:09 PM

It's just beautiful! I've got serious cable envy, but realistically it may be another year before I'm ready to learn/tackle that aspect of knitting. Enjoy your trip and I can't wait to hear about your adventures and see the pictures!!

Posted by: Von at May 12, 2006 01:46 PM

Looks like your recipe is a winner! Exquisite taste! Perfect texture, artisan workmanship, obviously prime ingredients went into this specialty. I suspect a good part of your success was in your portable oven and optimal climatic and thermal conditions which the hobby gourmet could never hope to replicate. Kudos!

Posted by: nancilyn at May 12, 2006 09:06 PM

Iris FLAK is gorgeous. And your post about how to bake a sweater is priceless!

Posted by: Nancy J at May 13, 2006 02:10 PM

That is one gorgeous sweater! Wear it with pride.

Posted by: scotty at May 16, 2006 05:58 PM

Beautiful job on that cardigan. The cables are awsome. Have fun in Ireland.

Posted by: Barb at May 19, 2006 09:52 AM

Oh my...your FLAK is stunning! Seeing your finished picture makes me want to pick mine up again. Unfortunately, I'm still in the frustrating "swatching" stage!

Posted by: Rebecca in CO at May 20, 2006 04:04 PM