Good Morning Everyone!
I'm sure none of you need me to tell you just how close to Christmas we are. If you celebrate Hanukkah, yikes, that's even closer. I, myself, am feeling like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders, I finished Shirley's cardigan. Not only did I finish it, her very sweet husband Gordon picked it up on Saturday. As much as this whole ordeal has stressed me out, seeing the look of appreciation on his face reminded me just how priceless Christmas really should be. I will never forget the look in his eye when he noticed the "Made Especially For You By Shirley" tag I'd found and sewn into the inside of the sweater. I've knit a lot of sweaters as you all know, this particular one will always mean the most to me. It's always been the little things in life that seem to have the biggest impact, things that easily go unnoticed but to the right person, don't. I'm not saying that finishing the sweater was no big deal, I'm pretty sure I acquired a few more gray hairs. In a world that has become so materialistic and superficial, it felt really good knowing this made all difference in the world to Gordon, I was able to give him a little piece of Shirley.
If you're like me, the main motivation to finishing anything is the excitement of starting a new project, or picking up something that has been patiently waiting in a project bag for almost a year. I'm guilty on both accounts, and have been feeling nothing other than that sense of reward since finishing Shirley's sweater. It's nice to be working on something that has a pattern lol...even if it took me several hours to figure out exactly where I'd left off on my Emsworth vest. I did quite a bit of tinking, mainly because my highlighter tape had slipped and I had no idea where I was. To add insult to injury, the section of the chart read something like Row 10, repeat Row 6, Row 11, repeat Row 7, Row 12 repeat Row 6, etc....so getting reacquainted with this lovely garment was a true test of my patience. But, having just completed a sweater, started by someone else WITHOUT a pattern, was just the boost my confidence needed, at least I had the directions and could likely figure it out, I did of course. I am cruising along on that vest and loving every single stitch, the yarn is simply to die for 90% alpaca, 10% silk, best of all it's from Colorado my second home. I'll likely have it finished before Christmas along with my ADORABLE Odila pullover in Ultra Alpaca Chunky. I have the best of both worlds going, one pretty mindless knit and the other not too terribly taxing but interesting. I'm gearing up for my next 3 projects already just you wait!
I want to knit Amy Christoffer's Pressed Flowers cardigan, it's so popular and GORGEOUS I simply must have one too. I also have a intricate, mind blowing cable sweater picked out from my Contrasts: Textured Knitting book. We've also been discussing our next KAL, take a look at Drawing Sweater by Tomomi Yoshimoto, this one has been suggested. I already purchased the pattern and will likely use the yarn I had planned to use for the Spot Sweater for this one instead. Speaking of KAL, we will be meeting this Saturday, December 17th from 9-11:00 to either show off our finished Steeked sweaters or to continue working on them, no pressure or shame either way.
We will be meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, December 14th from 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!