I cast on for the Central Park Hoodie (aka CPH) in August with a grandiose plan of knitting it in the round and steeking it. I even had how many stitches I needed to cast on all figured out and had both sleeves mostly knit within two weeks (the first sleeve was a gauge swatch and the second was knit right away so there wasn’t much of a difference and I could remember what I did) Then came the time to cast on for the body.
…and I was frightened.
I managed to psych myself out. I’ve never steeked anything in my life – let alone a cardigan that was originally designed to be knit in pieces and sewn together. I’ve changed pullovers from sewn pieces to knit in the round with no problem but this? I was frozen in indecision and fear.
Yep, I was afraid of my knitting. Even worse, I let the knitting win. After letting the two sleeves hang around for four months with nothing happening on the body I decided to hell with it. I cast on for the back. I do feel good about this decision since a) at least I’m knitting SOMETHING and b) I’m thinking that having the seams will probably give the sweater some much needed structure. There’s nothing worse than a limp cardigan. ;o)
At this point, I decided that I needed to come clean to the blog with my neglected WIP so I tried to find the sleeves. I found one.
This led to frantic searches of the fiber room (yeah…it’s a room now. Not just a closet. What of it?!), frantic searches of my office and frantic searches of pretty much every other room in the house except for Dobby’s – I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t lift an unfinished sleeve. Shampoo or conditioner possibly, makeup definitely but knitting? No way. So, since I couldn’t find both sleeves I thought I’d be showing you this:
All the while swearing that there were two in existence – I just couldn’t find one. (and I’m pretty sure that a couple of you wouldn’t have believed me, hehehe)
Then, I remembered one last basket in the office – and there it was:
Yay! It’s always in the last place you looked, right? ;o)
Where am I at now? The two sleeves you see above and about three inches of ribbing on the back.
There isn’t much done on the body since I’ve been a bit distracted to knit these past few days…sorry. Tax season is upon me. In case you’re new to this here blog, I’m a bookkeeper and this is my ‘busy’ season. Oh yeah and taxes. suck. The highlight of the 2007 season so far (I know, I’m all of one week into this nightmare and it’s beginning already…)? Being informed by one client who hasn’t given me a monthly expense report since JULY that he wishes to have all his information to the accountant by Wednesday. Yes, THIS Wednesday. Apparently he is under the impression that I can prepare this information via OSMOSIS. Grrrrr.
ANYway, I’ll probably be even more distracted since I’ll be participating in NaSpiMoMo – the brainchild of Margene (Carole made the button and is helping her with the running of the Ravelry group n stuff). This is such a simple ‘along – no prizes, no contests, just spin as much as you can in January. I think I can manage to stick to that. ;o)