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Laundry takes a back seat.

April 18, 2007

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2007 9:56 am

    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. April 18, 2007 10:23 am

    Wow – that mitten is stunning! The bright contrast color against the neutral is wonderful.

  3. April 21, 2007 9:39 am

    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. 😉

  4. April 23, 2007 6:24 pm

    Oh my, oh my! You must share the secret of those colors on those mittens! They are too gorgeous to keep to yourself!

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