Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

This is Maeshowe, my design in the winter issue of Twist Collective. It’s knit in the round, and the yoke shaping has an unusual arrangement: I have worked the decreases flanking the cable panels at the center front and back and on the sleeves, rather than at the standard points where the sleeves and body join. The ribbed pattern on the yoke keeps the fit snug about the shoulders.
It is worked in Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, a favourite yarn of mine. I love the fiber blend (wool, alpaca, and viscose). I like the soft halo that it has but I also appreciate how the plied structure gives a nice body to the garment and good stitch definition.



Here is  a little detail shot of the double decreases on the yoke:

Yoke close-up


Something that I was mulling over while designing this was sort of a hot-lady-lumberjack image. The person who I was thinking of is my friend Riel. Riel is a beautiful, wise, and strong woman. A generous host and calm friend, she values the things that are real and earthly – growing vegetables, building things, caring for her son, making art, sharing meals with friends. Riel drives a pickup truck and is building a house on her land in the forest. She can fell trees, she can build docks, she can even blow glass. I wish I were more like her.
We used to be neighbours in Toronto. I spent many a summer evening sitting around the picnic table in her yard, drinking wine from glasses she had blown herself, eating delicious hearty meals cooked on the gigantic barbeque. Many neighbours and friends would stop in for a visit, have a drink and a chat, and play with the dog.
This is a sweater for days of hard work, and evenings of sharing food and drink with those you love.

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