I promise I will blog about more than just my sweater in the coming weeks, but I would not be lying if I said I am completely obsessed with this project. Despite not being garter or stockinette, this sweater has become my mindless knitting. I crave time with it while at work, and I have to force myself to set it down to go to bed each night.
Obsessed. In fact, on Wednesday, I had fully intended to write a blog post on a couple of stores I had visited recently (post to come out next week), but I picked up my knitting and got straight to work.
I finished both sleeves for the sweater on Monday evening. I’m torn. Part of me wants to do them over and make them a little bit bigger. The other part of me says that my husband is really skinny, and those sleeves will probably fit just fine. If I do anything, I’ll wait until after the body pieces are done to give myself some distance from them.
I cast on the back piece on Tuesday, and on last measure, I am now at 15 inches. In about 2-3 inches, I’ll start the decreases for the arms. I can’t wait! After this piece is done, I need to do the front piece, block everything, sew it all together, and then pick up stitches for the collar. I feel like I’m right on track to have this whole project done by the end of October, as scheduled.
I will admit, though, that while I’m thoroughly obsessed with working on this sweater, I also have a wandering eye. I’ve spotted the finished projects for Stephen West’s Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Color Craving (I know, I’m a cheater). The shawl is definitely growing on me. As soon as this sweater is done, I think I’ll pick that back up. I’d love to wear it to the “Wear Something You Made” knitting group meeting in mid-November, but we’ll see.
Also right around then is the knitting group Christmas party with an ornament exchange. At my house, we’re kind of skipping the whole Christmas decorations and tree thing, but I kind of want to participate anyway. I’ve found some great ornaments that look like fun to knit. I just have to get through this long list of WIPs and then my ever-growing queue first.
See? This is my brain. It goes every which way, particularly when I’m meant to be focusing on one project. I start itching for more, but I’m determined to stay on track with the sweater. This weekend’s goal is to finish the back piece.
Are you a monogamous knitter, or do you prefer having multiple projects going at once?