The labor is complete, my friends. I give you EZ's Fishtrap Aran Cardigan, the January pattern from Knitter's Almanac, and really the spark for the whole Zimmermania project, which has grown to such unexpected and marvelous proportions!
The yarn is ancient Brunswick Ballybrae Blainin Tweed, salvaged from a sweater-in-progress my mother-in-law abandoned 30 years ago, plus some Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK for the edges. My own additions are the zipper, its facings, and a lining for the collar, which was otherwise a little too flimsy and curly:
I also went down a needle size for the first ten inches or so of the body, as my husband wanted a trimmer fit than most of his commercial sweaters offer. This was not the simplest of projects, and my obsessive attention to the finishing made it take longer than strictly necessary, but I'm proud of the result. And it was worth all the effort to see it on my man, even (especially?) when he got a little goofy with the modeling:
Come on over to my blog for more pictures.
I love how unusual the Fishtrap pattern is, and the ropey quality of the twisted-stitch cables - they're very nautical. What I wouldn't give to be able to pose the hubby with some lobster pots... Thanks, Elizabeth. It's a keeper.