I first of all want to thank everyone so much for all the great comments about the Urban Aran Half Zip. It's the most comments I've ever received on a post! I highly recommend the pattern booklet - all the designs in it are basic - very wearable, yet with a little style. This pattern in particular lends itself perfectly to many modifications - from the many cardi versions, to my half zip. I also love the fact that it looks great either very fitted, or with some ease, depending on what you like. All around, it's a great pattern! The sweater will be worn quite a bit (once they finish fixing my heating system at work - I went from wearing gloves to wearing t-shirts!) and is destined to become a favorite.
With the Aldebran sock still in the development stages, (it is KILLING me not to have a sock on the needles right now!!!) I dove right into my next sweater project. I didn't have to look far - it's from the same Street Smart booklet! It is the hoodie pictured on the cover:
After the success of the modification of the Urban Aran, I am thinking of changing this one up a bit too. The yarn is super, super (did I say super?) soft - it would almost be a shame not to wear it against the skin. I'm not sure a cardi is what I want. So, I may just make it into a pullover hoodie - knit both the fronts together as one piece. I'm not quite sure yet. The yarn is, like I mentioned above, a bit dense and heavy, so installing a zipper may weigh down the front even more. I plan on doing both sleeves and the back before deciding.
Did I mention I'm going through sock knitting withdrawals? I may have to start one just to have one to knit while I'm working on the pattern mods for Aldebaran!