Someone asked me yesterday if I was still blogging. It is a telling statement that I wasn’t sure how to answer. Well….yes. Well….not much. But like Tinkerbell, I respond to applause. Just the idea that someone reads what I write is usually enough to jumpstart a blog post. (So thank you, Libby, for being my jumper cables this time.)
For almost three months, I have been a mostly monogamous knitter. I still pull out a sock for convenience in certain places. But most of the time I’ve been devoted to the Rainbow Cardigan. It was my intent to show off the entirely finished sweater in this blog post. However, I am still a few woven-in ends away from being finished. The glamour modeling shot will have to wait just a little while longer. In the meantime, I sort of proudly present the Almost Finished Rainbow Cardigan.
This is a sweater that really has to be seen in person and on me. And the ends that are left make it look scraggly. Think elegant, not scraggly. Another 2 to 4 hours of weaving in ends and it will be totally wonderful. The next cool night, if you see me, you'll see my sweater.
Some thoughts about this project:
Intarsia…. Like everything else in my knitting repertoire, it was not hard to do once each step was broken down and practiced. Like cables and lace, there is a new rhythm to be established, and once the rhythm is in place, it has its own pleasant flow.
Bobbins… They worked well for keeping the colors sorted and manageable. There is a contingent of intarsia-knitters who practice letting it all hang out, and that is definitely not me. Not with 14 yards of each color mixing and mingling with the neighbors! There is another contingent who are skilled at making butterfly skeins. This probably would have worked for me as well, but I liked the way the weight of the bobbins helped keep everything sorted.
Ends….If anything keeps me from tackling intarsia again, it will be remembering the hundreds of ends to be woven in. I remembered what giving birth was like, and still I was willing to do it again. So maybe time will dull this memory too. Maybe.
The end result…..it is worth it. Isn’t that all that matters, in the end?