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.
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.
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.