So, this was what my sweater looked like at 2:30 PM on Sunday, before I left to watch the men’s gold medal hockey game.
And this is what my sweater looks like this morning, after casting off last night.
I had two rows of button band to go by the time the Olympics were officially “over,” and that’s fine with me. I’m not going to grouse over the fact that I didn’t have yarn until two days in, or explain that I’m like, really busy – I knit very nearly all of a sweater in two weeks, and that’s good enough.
The sweater isn’t done done – I still need to figure out how I’m going to close it (if anyone knows where I can buy snap tape in Toronto, you get to be my BFF forever), weave in all the ends, and do blocking, but whatever. It is close enough to finished, and I am in love with this sweater and can’t wait to wear it, and that’s what matters.
I’ve had a bit of a stressful week – I’ve been studying since Saturday for the exam I wrote this morning, and around Wednesday my kitchen sink broke in a truly spectacular way.
So I’ve been knitting, lots and lots. Not on my friend’s scarf, because that’s in the bag I keep for knitting at school, and I’ve been working at home. Instead, I’ve been working on the sweater I started weeks ago – the one that I’m designing myself. It’s been on hold for a bit, I wanted to make sure that I sat down and had a plan before I started knitting the body, but I think I’ve got it worked out.
Anyway. The plumber has come and gone, and (hopefully) my kitchen sink is working. My future plans include washing three days of dirty dishes, so that I can sit by the window with my feet on the radiator and knit some more.
So, one of the things I did while I was recovering from my wisdom tooth extraction, besides finish my fabulous purple socks, was finish up a major project for school that involved setting out a plan for the entire year. In the spirit of planning, this is one of those entries where I sit down and collect my thoughts and plot out all of the knitting I’d like to get done before the new year. (I’m also taking in the new Forever the Sickest Kids EP, The Weekend: Friday. It’s delightful.)
First up are these, which need to be Christmas presents for my parents. My mom picked out the skeins of Lorna’s Laces herself, and I’m really excited to make something that I know she’ll appreciate – she is the best kind of knitwear recipient, she wears everything I make for her all the time. My dad is also getting some vastly more sedate socks (because “he already has a hat and a scarf” – the idea of multiples is completely foreign to him), in a pattern I have yet to pick out. Something straightforward and manly – maybe the Boyfriend Socks.
The next is the knitting I thought I’d get done while I was recovering from my surgery. I bought a skein of the much discussed Dream in Colour Starry at knit night a couple of weeks ago, and planned to make a pair of incredibly awesome, sparkly stockinette socks.
The sock yarn, you see, has glitter in it. And anyone who knows me even a little should be pretty clear about my feelings on glitter. However, now that I’m lucid and still haven’t had the time to even wind it into a ball, I’m thinking I want to do something a little more special with this yarn. I mean, I still want socks. And possibly all I want is some very tall socks, because I plan to use absolutely every scrap of this yarn. But I am going to need to sit down and do some sketching and figure out how, exactly to maximize this stuff, because it’s a treat for me and I’m probably not going to work with it very often.
The last thing in the works is my sweater, the one I’ve been talking up for weeks without actually knitting. I’m pretty confident about the plan I’ve got for it now, and after finishing the first sleeve I’ve cast on for the body.
(Am I the only one who loves taking photos of notes about knitting? There’s something in it that just feels very artistic and satisfying to me.)
Song of the Entry: Forever the Sickest Kids – She Likes (Bittersweet Love)