I have no intention of finishing this by the end of the month. I am mostly knitting on this exclusively and it is knit on big needles, but it’s not a race for me and I just want to enjoy the hell out of knitting it.
You may recall that I bought the yarn for this sweater back in August while in Iceland for Hannah’s wedding. We visited, of course, the Handknitting Association of Iceland in Reyjkavik. And I considered actually buying a sweater but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, especially since I’m pretty sure that yarn is about the only thing cheaper in Iceland than in the United States. So, I shopped the huge wall of léttlopi and, with Dale’s help, chose colors that reminded me of Iceland.
I cast on Tuesday night and knit just up to the point where the colorwork started. And then I sat down last Friday morning and I mapped out my colors and I spent the rest of the day knitting the yoke. Saturday morning I took a look at it and decided it looked like crap. The orange was totally wrong against the purple, the white didn’t jump out at all, and the medium blue provided no contrast with the purple. I should have taken a photo so you could see just how spectacularly I failed but you’ll just have to trust me on this. Once I got over my mistake and realized it was worth fixing, I ripped back and changed the placement of the colors and, once again, spent the rest of the day knitting the yoke. By that evening I had finished the colorwork and I was much much happier with the results.
By Sunday night I had gotten past dividing for the sleeves and I am now knitting round and round (and round) on the body. This is the mindless part and it’s absolutely perfect for knitting and watching the Olympics.
And that’s what I’ll be doing for the next little while.