I’ve taken a new philosophy on my stash, and hope to work it as best I can: yarn in, FO out. It’s not rocket science, but since my stash is getting more than a little absurd, it’s time to only take in yarn that I plan to turn around into something right away. And by “right away,” I mean as fast as humanly possible. Take this sweater: 8 days of knitting, start to finish (AND I had to take most of it out partway through).
The yarn? The fantastic “(A Bevy) of Swans” from Alisha Goes Around. The color? A most cheery sunshiney yellow. The pattern? Mary Jane, by Sarah Moore, which has some nice little details to keep it from being the same-old same-old.
I started this on a Friday and finished it the following Saturday—just a shade more than a week. But I had to take out nearly the whole body down to before the armholes on that Tuesday because it was coming out way too big. I still think the neck is too large, but it’s consistent with the size in the pattern now. I’m not sure if I’ll try to doctor it, or if I’ll just live with it!
The knitting jag I went on that last Saturday (OK, let’s be honest, this was a near-obsessive approach to the knitting) left me with achy wrists and hands. Oh carpal tunnel, rearing your ugly head. A friend who is a massage therapist reminded me of some basic stretches to do, and I haven’t been knitting as much in the weeks since, so my hands haven’t hurt much since, but it’s clear I’m going to have to pace myself in the future, somehow. That doesn’t really jibe with my frenetic “yarn in, sweater out” philosophy, but I’ll make do.
I’m really happy with this sweater—I did the little puffed sleeves and think it’s a sweet detail that keeps this sweater from being too hum-drum. It might almost look store-bought, which as we all know is the pinnacle of compliments.
These shots were taken in the mountains north of Boulder, Colorado, when we were in town for a friend’s wedding. It was way too hot to be wearing it even there, and I look forward to those early fall days when a short-sleeve sweater is just the thing.