Yes, I skipped another two weeks of Yarn Along Wednesday and it is with great trepidation that I post my work-in-progress this time. Thus far, every time I have posted about the progress that I have made while working on the Sunday Sweater for Dora, I have subsequently messed up the sweater in such a way as for me to have to start all over again. At this point, I am done with the body and working on the sleeves and fear for my mental state if I have to start all over again!
In working on the sleeves, I have had to learn to “work in the round”. On the one hand, working in the round is nice as I can easily stop and start knitting very quickly, since there aren’t very many stitches on each needle. Also, since all I have to do is knit, knit, knit, I can talk with people while I knit. On the other hand, I find it to be a bit tedious and will be very happy to be done with the sleeves. After that, I need to finish the collar, weave in my loose ends, block the sweater (I’ll have to learn how to block to do that, of course), and add the buttons.
Speaking of weaving in loose ends, I did learn one very important lesson when I had to restart this sweater three weeks ago. One should not weave in the loose ends of one’s yarn until the project is done. I thought I was far enough along that I could weave in some of the loose ends, which were annoying me a bit. Unfortunately, I then noticed a mistake I had made and when I went to unravel the yarn to my error, it got all tangled up on the ends that I had woven in. I have gotten a lot better at knitting backwards/unraveling while doing this sweater (not that the sweater pattern isn’t great, I just bit off a bit too much, given that I was a beginner).
In regards to reading, I’ve been finishing the Jane Austen mystery series. Jane and the Canterbury Tale is the the most current book in the series. I really enjoy reading books that take place in this time period. I’m sure, had I lived during these times, I would not have enjoyed things so much, as I probably would have been much poorer, but it does provide for a nice mental retreat.
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