I have a project, a knitting project, that has been sitting around for a few years. (They call those UFO’s but I can’t remember what that stands for.) Two summers ago I took a class and learned how to purl. I already knew how to knit, but purling had never been explained. I completed my first project which had several interesting things such as garter stitch, stockinette, decreases, increases and even two bobbles for eyes. It was my red snake.
The picture isn’t great, but the snake doesn’t look so good anymore. Even though it was acrylic yarn, it has gone through it’s own felting process called being a cat toy.
So after I made the snake I decided I wanted to tackle a sweater. I found a pattern on the Lion Brand web site that I was interested in but there were several problems. The yarn I liked was not the same weight that the pattern called for so naturally there were a lot of things that need adjusting. Luckily I had a master knitter on my side and we were able to come up with a pattern that would be a custom fit.
We didn’t finish the pattern all the way through though. Soon classes started back up, and I no longer had time for knitting. Before I knew it, Relay for Life had come around and I was very busy crocheting up hats and scarves to sell for fundraising. Now I’ve moved away and I still have a back of a sweater finished and the very bottom edge of the front started.
After I read the Stitch n’ Bitch book by Debbie Stoller (Stitch n’ @$!*#) I felt like I could maybe pick up my old sweater again. I looked over other patterns in the book and figured out how to add in a V-neck, a front pocket, and maybe even a hood. I was back in business. I have now completed half of the front and will soon be starting my V-neck. Not to mention I also know where to search out help if I need it.
I am hoping that my sweater turns out as beautifully as I picture it in my head. I promise to post pics as soon as it looks more like a sweater and less like big squares. It just feels so good to pick it up again and feel potential.