I did it. I finally launched into knitting my spring’s grace cardigan.
I decided to ignore my gauging troubles from last week and try it with my smaller needle. I’m okay with a little extra room in the cardigan (is what I’m saying now). *
The pattern, from Jane Richmond‘s Island, is clear although because most of my knitting happens close to midnight – after kids’ bedtime, blogging, and clean-up – I’m a bit of a dunce about following the pattern properly. I keep missing yarn overs so I’m counting and recounting. Hoping I get into the swing of it and can stop staring quite so closely at the espresso wool! Despite my slow learning curve, the lace looks beautiful. I am excited to see more of it come together.
While I was fumbling to keep track of my stitch count on the grace, I took a break to choose and sew on buttons for two of the little sweaters which had been awaiting them. As fortune would have it I have a friend who is easily distracted by buttons so I threw my button jar at her and she helped me find some combos that work. The in threes I began at some forgotten time, and the smoky pebble I recently finished have buttons! Two pebble vests remain on the shelf but the buttons for those are ready and waiting also.
It feels so good to get that finishing work done! I put it off for so long but it is rewarding when I get there.
I sped through the rest of The Midwife (known as Call the Midwife outside of North America). It was wonderful (as I wrote here last week). Now I’m waiting to get my hands on the second book in the trilogy! In the meantime I went searching through my bookshelf before settling on a tried and true friend, Northanger Abbey. I scanned the first few lines in a couple of books but it was good old Jane Austen that grabbed me.
Now the sun is shining, the kids are playing, there’s still popcorn in the pot, and I’ve got itchy fingers ready for knitting.
*Ack!! I got some gauge advice from sweet Rebecca of nook and it looks like I’ve got to try another swatch or I’ll be knitting a behemoth of a sweater. My fingers are less itchy for that…especially if it means I’m starting this sweater over. *sob* I think I’ll be adding some chocolate to my snack…
How are you for finishing projects? Want to come help with mine? I’d love to hear what you’re crafting and/or reading these days!
:: joining Ginny for yarn along ::