I began September full of ideas and intention and I’m ending it on a similar note, though with a few completed projects on my hands (feet, body).
My September list included the following:
- A pair of socks
- A start on a shawl
- My Uniform cardigan
- Edie’s Lush cardigan
- The Uniform tunic
- Something from the “She Wears the Pants” sewing pattern book R gave me for my birthday.
My completed projects for September included the following:
- A pair of socks
- A striped tee from the “She Wears the Pants” book
- That is all.
Hmm. Not so successful. But! But. I have progress to report on some of the other things. Here goes. Deep breath.
A start on a shawl. Nope with a capital Nope. I didn’t start a shawl and I didn’t decide on a pattern and I haven’t decided on yarn or colours. We’ll revisit this later.
My Uniform cardigan. Well, I knitted the yoke, the body, the bottom hem and the button band before I received the second skein of yarn to work the sleeves. The mustard tones are just ever so slightly darker in the second skein and I’m just letting it sit on the shelf to see how much I’m bothered by it. What I really need to do is wind the skein and knit a few rows onto the sleeve to see how it looks. The yarn is variegated so it might look fine. Right now I’m kicking myself for such a rookie mistake and possibly being extra particular about it but I’ll need to let it sit in my brain and simmer for a bit I think.
Edie’s Lush cardigan. Almost there. I have about 1.5 sleeves to go and a button band before she’s done. I got this idea in my head about three weeks into September that I was going to make a sweater in seven days and so I put aside the Lush project so I could make a sweater in seven days. Spoiler alert: I did not make a sweater in seven days.
The seven day sweater. I made almost a sweater in seven days and some massively stress work stuff happened which threw me right off. Turns out that stress+anxiety do not feed creativity and I felt very much not myself as a result of the stress and anxiety. Also, I have discovered that I have enough yarn to do just an elbow length sleeve but I don’t really like wearing elbow length sweater sleeves so, conundrum. My options at this point are take some rows off the body so I can make full length sleeves which, well, no. It’s already cropped so I can’t make it any shorter, or I do some kind of colour block thing and add length to the sleeves and maybe the body too? Possibly this could work and also be another way to use up stash yarn so I’ll revisit this make in my October list.
The Uniform tunic. The patterns that came with this book are about 4% too small so I’m patiently awaiting the reprinted patterns to be delivered. Nuff said.
As per always, I had bigger ideas than my time, hands and life allowed. I’m okay with that though because if I didn’t have ridiculous long lists and all the ideas I’d wouldn’t do anything. It’s just how my brain works and I don’t think I can change it.
But on to my socks! Socks I finished and wore and love. As you can see I tried to match the print in the yarn (it’s a repetitive self-patterning yarn) but was about 1cm off and so when I look at my feet I have to shift one foot slightly forward just a bit to try and convince myself that it doesn’t matter that much. It’s not working friends. It does matter that much. I will never use any yarn with a repeating pattern again if there are two sides/sleeves/feet/sections. It’s just too much to handle.