I have lived my life by certain truisms, sayings, and cliches. I believe that a stitch in time saves nine. I believe that the early bird gets the worm. I believe that if you lie down with pigs, you get dirty. But the saying that I have repeated to myself over and over for the last three months is the one that got me to end of a major knitting project.
Just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Just one stitch following another and keep moving. Knit one, purl one. Knit one, purl one. Just keep on keeping on.
It worked. The Origami Pullover is now a real sweater. It fits; it flatters; it’s finally finished. It wasn’t exactly fun because the constant k1p1 movement played havoc with my thumb joint. I would shift frequently to continental style for some ease, but even that didn’t spare my thumb. Just a subtle movement that my body doesn’t like, I guess.
But no matter…pain is forgotten, the pattern is forgiven, and I have a lovely new sweater.
I am reduced to two projects on the needles right now. Just two??? I hear the collective gasp! Only two?? Sharon…is this really you?
Yes it is, and it might stay that way for a while. One project is a trusty pair of socks; always a perfect mindless, take-with-me-anywhere project. The other is the East Meets West jacket from Knit One Below. I am still on target to finish the jacket body by the end of the month and year, and I may or may not add sleeves. It’s just possible it would make a very nice vest. It’s just possible that it won’t fit and/or flatter at all in which case it will make a very nice vest for someone else. It’s just possible that I will rip the whole thing out and save the yarn for something else. All things are possible. It keeps life interesting.
But come New Years Day, I do plan to be casting on at least one new item. Remember that stash of luscious red yarn peeking out of my Zig Bag?
That is a stash of Cascade 128 Superwash, and it is planning to become the Helen Hamann Double Breasted Jacket. It is planning to brighten up the dreary February days ahead, so I do not want to clutter up my knitting landscape with too many other projects. My granddaughters will just have to wait for new sweaters….they keep growing out of them in the blink of an eye anyway.
Speaking of granddaughters, they will all be together in one playroom shortly. A three year old, an 18-month old, and a 3 month old….they will keep seven adults enthralled with their antics. It will be a better show than anything cable tv or Netflix can offer. I promise a few choice photos soon.
I wish everyone a holiday season that gives you a healthy dose of whatever you most want and need. I wish everyone a happy new year that brings you good health, and enough wealth. I wish my fellow knitters and weavers a stockpile of high-fiber yarn goods.
And remember….how we spend our days is how we spend our lives. (Annie Dillard) Spend wisely. That's the truth.