I've been working on knitting a sweater for the past couple of months. My activity really heated up when we went to Hilton Head for New Year's. It was so cold outside that we just stayed inside and I got a lot of knitting done. The drive down and back each gave me four uninterrupted hours of knitting.
This is a sweater for me! Most things I knit become gifts for friends or the grandkids' teachers. But this is for me!
I bought some beautiful yarn a year-and-a-half ago during a visit to Pocket Meadow Farm in Berkeley Springs, WV, with my friend, Maureen. (If you're a knitter and dying to know what I got, it's Cascade 220 in 8886-Italian Plum and 7802-Cerise, and Louet Riverstone in Kumquat and Carribean.) The colors were chosen to go with two big pieces of mixed-media art that are hanging in my library. Hot pink, purple, mustard and teal. I was going to make a throw for the library. Then I repurposed some rayon tape yarn from another project and it became a throw. So now I don't want another throw. In love with this kimono-style sweater, I decided to deviate from the pattern—which I never do!— and mix up the colors on this sweater.
When I got started on the sweater, I was certain it would take me a year to finish. But the more I got into it, the more I loved it. Now I'm very near to the end—I'm working on the two-inch neckband, and in about eight more rows will bind off and sew the side seams, then block it. And wear it!!!!
I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Last night I took it with me to pick up the kids from dance for our Wednesday night dinner. I knew my knitting friend Tani would be there, and I wanted to show it off. Of course, with 15 minutes to wait for the kids, I pulled it out and started working on it again.
And goofed up. I have added a stitch somewhere about three rows back. And now I'm frogging!
From Urban Dictionary: In knitting, a frog says "rip it rip it" and fogging refers to unraveling rows of knitted work due to an error found.
I've got an row-and-a-half to frog, and then will go forward again. I'll show you a pic when it's done.
It's for me!!!!
P.S. As you know I sew even more than I knit, I'll tell you the crowd of sewists I run with call it "unsewing", not "ripping"!