Friends, it's been a frustrating few weeks. It seems that I am having a string of bad luck when it comes to picking patterns and fabrics. In two of the projects (one of which you have already seen), the fabric was tearing before I finished the item. With the third project, I chose a completely impractical fabric (cotton/linen blend - SO WRINKLY), rendering my new Simplicity 3688 trousers nearly unwearable to work.
So, aside from the two dresses I'll be finishing for my sister this weekend, I'll be leaving the sewing machine to sit for a time while I focus on my knitting needles...
and my very first sweater.
The lovely Michelle agreed to knit-a-long the Catherine sweater jacket with me, and she has been a huge help during our weekly meetings. I've had the chance to learn quite a few things. For instance, when you end up having more rows on one end than another, you will need to knit back and figure out where the issue happened ... and pay better attention to what direction you are knitting next time. Also, when you don't anchor your colorwork yarn properly, it will suddenly appear like a huge spot on the right side of your sweater ... and then you will need to knit back. Or when you don't carry your alternate color properly and it appears on the right side, you will need to knit back.
I have had to knit back A LOT. I think I could do it in my sleep at this point. I am feeling confident, though, that my sweater is going to be something I am proud of, once it is finished.
Michelle and I work towards a common spot in the pattern prior to meeting each week. If I work hard (and get done with my re-knitting after knitting back), then I tend to pick up another project. Can you believe I am looking at other sweaters already? I have so much yarn set aside for projects, and I would love to have at least two sweaters done before winter sets in. I think it's a reasonable goal... if I don't have to knit back too much ; )
Friends, what do you currently have on your needles? Let me know!