This post shouldn’t be called “Lunch Break WIP.” This should be “Every spare moment I get WIP” because I can’t seem to put this project down, and I’m not typically a monogamous knitter. I haven’t even looked around at other patterns on Ravelry, which is usually a daily ritual (several times a day to be exact).
I am knitting Irish Coffee by Thea Colman, and I blame Malia from Yarnraising. I’ve kind of eyed this sweater for years, but when I saw how hers turned out and then the picture of her with a couple of other knitters in their Irish Coffees, a switch turned on. I had to have one now.
I’m knitting this out of a recycled sweater’s yarn. Remember way back when I posted about recycling sweaters? My intention was to simply unravel the hood and then create a collar. The other day, I decided that wasn’t enough. I wanted to unravel the entire sweater. Because I’m a big girl and that’s a big sweater, it took some time to do this.
I’m sure I drove my husband crazy with all the snips of yarn and fluff lying around everywhere. He was pretty great about it overall, though. At one point, he took the piece I was unravelling and would rip out the stitches while I wound everything onto my niddy noddy. I ended up with about 1600 yards of worsted weight yarn, perfect for a new sweater.
Since casting on on Sunday (after the whole time-out shelf debacle), I haven’t been able to stop working on this sweater. The picture doesn’t even show what I did last night. I’ve completed two repeats of the cable pattern since then. This project is just flying. I don’t know if it’s the desire to wear the sweater or simply because I really enjoy working on it. Either way, I may have a new sweater to wear soon!
That being said, I do have other projects I need to work on. This Friday marks the start of the Suburban Stitcher’s Monster Cowl KAL. I’ve printed out the pattern, and I’m now working on figuring out how I want my colours arranged. I also need two knit two ornaments for my knitting group’s annual Christmas party, the cowl I forsook to the shelf, a couple of hats, and the rest of Ken’s actual first sweater (An Aran for Frederick).
Have you ever gotten so into a project that it’s all you can think about/work on?