Hello, all! I am so excited to share my first Yarn Along post of 2020! Do y’all set knitting or crafting goals for the year? I never have, but as I finish a project that took me most of 2019 to complete, I’m a little anxious about what comes next! Not concerned-anxious, but anticipating-anxious. It’s exciting knowing that I will soon have more time to read or work on other projects again! Then again, I may start another knitting project as soon as this one is entirely done…we’ll just have to see.
Yarn Along is a monthly link up hosted at Small Things. The point is to share our yarn-type projects (such as knitting, crochet, or similar) as well as the books we are reading. I love watching others’ projects develop, and of course I love hearing about the books people are reading, too! You can see everyone’s linked posts and the guidelines at the host’s site, here.
EDIT: I’m not sure why at the moment, but the linkup for December 2019 and January 2020 has never been posted. I’m keeping an eye out and, if they show up, I’ll adjust my links here.
I got so close to finishing this by Christmas! As you can tell from the fact that the collar is still on my needles, I didn’t quite make it. I mean, it IS a sweater now, it has sleeves and everything, but I am still finishing up the details and haven’t started weaving in the ends. The sleeves turned out to be much more difficult than I thought they would be; my limited experience with knitting in the round did not prepare me for doing so with such a small circumference. I struggled with keeping the tension consistent, finding the right size needles, and avoiding ‘ladders.’ But, through everything, I am learning! Specifically, I learned that the Magic Loop technique does not always mean what I thought it did, which has been very helpful. Now that I have the basics of the sweater finished, I can tell that it is a little bit too short, so I’m going to go back and add a few more rows to the bottom. I don’t like how the collar finished, so I’m adjusting that as well (thus it is still on my needles). And, there are a couple of trouble spots where I made a mistake that left a few small holes, which I’m going to try to stitch up before calling it done.
If anyone has tips or suggestions for blocking, I am TERRIBLE at it and would greatly appreciate any help. I usually just skip it because my few attempts were not at all worth the time and effort I put in, but I cannot get the hem of this sweater to lay flat, so I think I’m going to have to block it for sure. I’ve already tried just stacking heavy books on the hem for a couple of hours. That did absolutely nothing productive. So again, any insight would be much appreciated!
I was so excited about my sweater progress that I forgot to include any books in the picture! At the moment I’m only reading one, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I checked out three others from the library yesterday though, so hopefully I’ll start another novel soon. Most likely I’ll start Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly later today.
Have you ever spent an entire year working on a project? I started this sweater in March of 2019, so it has taken me about ten months to finish it. Granted, I switched patterns and therefore started completely over twice. One of my best friends, on the other hand, crocheted blankets for multiple people’s Christmas presents, and I am very much in awe of her ability to whip out so many projects in a year!
Until the next chapter,