Eager to get this on the needles–I’d toyed with the thought of joining the Knitting Olympics and making this my project, but let’s be serious: Wait to cast on? Call this a challenge? Neither was going to happen.
Funny enough though, the whole process of casting on was more onerous than I thought it would be. Probably exacerbated by the fact that we watched The Constant Gardener last night, which was so intense it at times demanded rapt attention and at others made me very happy to have something in my hands to focus on. (It was also way better than I’d thought it would be, despite positive reviews and such.) As a result, I cast on about 5 times. Finally got started.
I decided to knit it in the round, at least til the armholes, because if there’s anything that keeps me from finishing a sweater, it’s finishing the sweater. I realized only after I’d started knitting that the pattern calls for the piece to not be connected at the very bottom. So . . . do I take it out and cast on again, making two parts that I can then join in the round when appropriate? We’ll see how I’m feeling about it tonight.
Oh, and recently while doing some secret knitting, I discovered what I call the lazy knitter’s magic loop. That is, I don’t pull a loop out through the middle of the work. I just let all the loopage be at the start of a row. For me, this is far less unwieldy, and when you’ve got a lot of stitches on the needles, as I do, it’s a LOT easier. Is there any particular reason we all create two loops? I suppose for a small item, one in which the piece is as short as or shorter than the length of the solid part of needle, you’d have to have the two loop thing. But for sweaters on 40″ circs, this method is clean and easy.