We buy the yarn one year; finish the project years later

Back in March 2001, while on a business trip to England, I purchased enough Blue Face Leicester yarn (color Sienna, Aran weight) to make a sweater.  Found this store in York (a city that is a delight to visit) at the top of the Shambles.  During that year I played around with swatches but not making a firm decision on how to proceed with it.   

Finally, in autumn 2004 I began knitting the sweater designing an exaggerated rib of K4P2.  (4 stitches = 1 inch on size 8 needles)Completed the front and back and joined them using the three needle bind off concept.  Picked up the neck on 16" circulars and size 6.  Decided on a turtleneck using the Elizabeth Zimmermann suggestion of knitting the neck until I was sick of it.  About 4 1/2 inches in to is did not like the way the neck was looking, so I put it down and worked on other projects.  Three weeks ago, I picked it back up, ribbed the neck out and restarted it.  Wanted a turtleneck that would have a bit of a roll to it and a compliment of the rib motif.  I just kept purling (so that when it would roll, the stockinette side would show) and put the opposite of the ribbing at the front center stitches.  Made it 6 inches long and then bound off.  Quickly did both sleeves (they come out even) for this drop shoulder design and sewed it all up.  Even got a few days of wear out of it over the chilly weekend.  The fiber is very soft and warm and I am pleased with this undertaking, particularly the neck line , which I am often critical of on my sweater projects. 

I have an unfinished vest to sew together and then work on the armhole edgings.  Perhaps I will tackle that in 2005 before starting another ambitious project.  I knit plenty of scarves, socks and hats which are easy to allow the large stuff to get pushed aside.  Anyone else have that same problem?


Darrel's picture

I'm sure everyone would love to see pictures if you've got 'em. It sounds lovely!

There are 4 pairs of mittenettes that have needed thumb gussets for nearly 3 months which would probably take, in total, an hour. I've finished about 8 hats in the meantime. I really like repetetive knitting where I can get "in the zone" and just count stitches and knit super fast and tune out everything around me. I can't do that with thumb gussets!