Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Not to Jinx It, or Anything...

... but I have been spending every free moment (and several that weren't) since the last Christmas gift was completed working on a knitting project I started almost a year ago.

I stopped working on it after 6 weeks or so last April because I needed to practice my cable and chart reading skills, and because I knew it would take many, many, many, many, many hours to get it done and Instant Gratification Woman needed to finish something already.

So it wasn't until 2009 rolled around that I managed to get back to it. Somehow in the past year I have managed to pick up quite a bit of speed. I'm still a ridiculously slow knitter, but at least I'm not slower than your average glacier. And, miracle of miracles, it's actually the size I MEANT it to be. Exactly. I know, I'm just as shocked as anyone.

As of now, it's done except for adding the zipper. Since I don't sew, I'm pretty sure that that's not going to be as calming as drifting lazily downstream on a long summer afternoon. Wish me luck! If all goes well, I may eventually have some finished sweater pictures.

Or we may never speak of this again.

Edited to Add: I have achieved Zipper-dom! I put it in as the tutorials suggested, so the edges of the knitting matched exactly and hid the zipper when it was closed... And the first time I unzipped it, it snagged all along the left side, and pulled out three stitches. Aaaaargh! So I whip-stitched the edge of the knitting down all the way up, and it looks fine even though the zipper is showing now. Still love it! Pictures to follow when it stops raining.


At 6:01 PM, February 04, 2009, Blogger Calamity Jen said...

I'm impressed!

At 6:44 PM, February 04, 2009, Blogger panda said...

Thanks! I'm more than a little shocked it's coming out the same size and shape as the pattern.

Still haven't been able to bring myself to tackle the zipper.

Deep breaths.

At 4:49 PM, February 18, 2009, Blogger Zombie Mom said...

Wow. that is super beautiful and seemingly impossibly difficult. Lovely


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