Have you heard? I’m knitting my very first sweater for myself. Going in, I knew that this would not be the project to take the easy way out. I’ve tried to take my time, make good decisions, and do it right.
I knit more guage swatches for this sweater than ever before in my life. I washed my swatch. I measured it every way I could think of measuring it. I measured myself and tried to be honest about it, hard as it was to know those measurements.
When the first sleeve – knit to my exacting calculations – was looking a bit large, I took the time to re-measure, unravel and try again.
It took months to work out the exact design for the yoke, and once I was finished I stuck with it even as second thoughts crept into my head. You should see all the pages of notes I have for this project!
The calculations for the yoke decreases had me pulling my hair out. Not rocket science, but I wanted to make sure I was understanding all of it and not missing anything.
I’m getting awfully excited because I can see the finish line. In anticipation I’ve shared with you the private side of the sweater that I am increasingly proud of. I’m dying to show off the public side, but I’ll hold back until it’s all finished.
There’s much to do – finishing the neckline, weaving the ends, blocking, steeking (!), sewing the hems, turning up the air conditioning so I can wear it around the house continously, sewing in the zipper, etc, etc. Though I feel a rush to finish, I’m gonna try to keep my head, take my time, and do it right.