The Durrow Sweater is finally finished.  I can scarcely believe it and these horrible pictures don’t really do much to help the reality sink in.  Done.  At last!

 I had expected this to be a long slow but steady project, but it really unfolded in fits and starts.  I was either in synch with the project, or not.  I was so close to being finished in Dec of 2007 with only half a sleeve to go (there’s a better picture there too), but that 1/2 sleeve taunted me all of 2008 refusing to knit into anything coherent until it all clicked again in 09.  Go figure.

 Knit as written by the talented Jodi Green, with the exception of modifying the scoop neck to a v-neck and slightly lengthening the sleeves. 

She drew inspiration for the pattern on the sleeve from the border pattern from the book of Durrow folio 21.    The book of Durrow is a 7th century illustrated Gospel, possibly the earliest complete gospel book from Ireland or England (so says wikipedia) and is currently housed in Trinity Library in Dublin.  The figure in the center of Folio 21 is Matthew.