Laundry takes a back seat.

The motivation to work on my sweater has finally returned, and I’m working on the second sleeve. The first sleeve and the body wait patiently as I knit with flying fingers to get to the joining point.

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that’s the second sleeve.

I did lots and lots of figuring and math and sketches on graph paper and hemming and hawing ad nauseum to decide on a design. And now that I think of it, I may have not told you all that much about this project.

I’m designing a sweater for myself. There is no good reason why I didn’t just find a nice, reputable pattern to buy. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted and I felt confident enough to try to get the idea from my head to my needles on my own. I wish I would have just purchased a nice pattern. It’s too late for that now.

But anyway. Here was my scattered criteria.

  • I wanted to knit a cardigan.
  • A zippered cardigan, rather.
  • Oh, I mean a zippered cardigan knit in the round using steeks.
  • I must be crazy.
  • It must include a fancy yoke design, like Icelandic or Norwegian or something clever like this, I decided.
  • Though the EPS is all the rage (rightly so), I wanted to try using the non-patterns in my book Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and Deborah Robson. I’ve got the book so why not use it, right?

That’s how it all started.

I swatched in December. I did another swatch at the end of February. Then another in March that finally worked. I cast on for the body on March 11 and knit knit knit on the body and first sleeve until March 23 when I put it down to cast on for the Nordic Mittens.

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Pretty, don’t you think? I love it and it’s fun to knit.

 

I got antsy for new projects and new yarn and I started a bunch of stuff while the sweater waited. I picked it up again on April 14 and I feel now like I’ll finish it soon. Of course, that remains to be seen. I have a feeling, though, that once I get to the colorwork on the yoke it will be so fun that I’ll be up at 5 every morning to knit while the kiddos are still sleeping. I’ll probably stay up late, too.

In fact, I feel like laundry and other household duties may have to be put on temporary hiatus while this bit of knitting takes center stage.

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4 thoughts on “Laundry takes a back seat.

  1. Oh thank god I’m not the only person who starts and stops and starts projects again at the drop of a hat. And yours are all so beautiful! I’ve been afraid to blog about something new because I haven’t even frogged the toddler dress yet. I can’t wait to see more of your sweater, and I don’t think you’re crazy at all–I’ve definitely thought more lately about steeking after BrooklynTweed made it seem so “easy” on Zimmermania. The finished product will be so nice.

  2. Oh wow – the sleeve and the mitten both – gorgeous! I look forward to seeing the FO!

    And I always feel like laundry should take a back seat. To pretty much anything. ;)

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