Zip! Another week whizzed by. We’re in that end-of-summer-busy-ness phase. Trying to stuff a lot of things into what little remains of summer. We already have leaves changing and it’s still August for crying out loud! I’m not a hug fan of summer (too hot!) but I’m not quite ready for fall yet. It probably has a little something to do with the fact that I still have lots of things to do on my 10 Things this Summer list.
I feel like I’ve cheated on the list though. I REALLY wanted to complete the third item on the list (finishing the 10-year sweater) before I started on the fourth item — starting my Lopapeysa sweater with the yarn I purchased on our trip to Iceland. I did drag the 10-year sweater out and look at it (shouldn’t that count for something?) but then I shoved it back into the bag. I need courage. Or alcohol. Or something. I reeeeeaaally don’t want to work on that sweater again. ;-)
In the meantime, the trip to Utah came along and I wanted something new for vacation knitting, so I succumbed and started the new sweater. Here it is, lying among a few fallen maple leaves. (Don’t let that fall scene fool you though — it’s HOT out there today.)
I LOVE working on this sweater! This is how all sweaters should be knit — bottom up with NO seams. The torso is done up to the armpits and I’m currently knitting the sleeves — two at a time just like knitting two at a time socks. I love this method — that way I know the stitch increases will occur in the same places on both sleeves. And I won’t have second sleeve syndrome. ;-D
I’ll knit the sleeves up to the armpit and then the body and arms will all be joined together and the neckline will be knit. So far, this sweater is clipping along at a pretty good pace, but it will slow down when I get to the neckline. That requires three different colors of yarn going at once and I’m pretty uncoordinated in that department. I’m using THIS free pattern from Alafoss Wool.
Oooh, look — I found some of those cute little sheepie stitch markers when I was in Utah. I had forgotten to take stitch markers with me and I was using yarn scraps, but I kept knitting them into the sweater. I could have bought the plain little plastic circles and saved a lot of money, but where’s the fun in that?
So, I’m whittling down my summer list — not much time left. And while I’m at it, I’m taking credit for number 6. Clean Some Closets. I haven’t done so many closets, but among the drawers and cupboards, I did clean the garage and the dreaded tupperware cupboard. That’s enough suffering for a month or two!
Have a good week!