Sunday, April 24, 2011


I feel like I’m starting anew on my knitting, perhaps finally climbing out of what appears to be my annual spring knitting slump. Easter seems an appropriate day for it.

I’ve been working on the button band for the Kerouac Sweater. It’s knitted separately, and when it’s about 3/4 done, it’s sewn on. Then, buttonholes are added as it’s sewn so that you can get them in the right position. I’m a little nervous about that, but I’m getting a pretty consistent row gauge of 8 rows to the inch, so I should be able to estimate when the time comes. It was fast to knit – kind of like a very skinny ribbed scarf – but I just haven’t been able to get excited about sewing it on. I got started this morning. I’ve already put it down, but at least it’s a start. When it’s in the 90s outside, I don’t feel much of a sense of urgency in finishing a wool sweater.

And, because I needed something a bit more portable and less fussy to knit on away from home, I finally started back on the Woodland Winter Mittens. Well, they’re still fussy, but at least they’re more portable. I finished the Right February mitten, and I’ve begun on the left. This one won’t be as complicated and should go by pretty quickly. I was surprised at how quickly I remembered all the little things about the increases and patterning, despite not having touched this project for over a month.

I don’t know what it is about spring, but there’s always so much that takes me away from knitting – lots of yard work, extra chorus rehearsals for our spring concert, big projects to wrap up at work before the end of the semester. After this week, things should start settling down so that I can get back at it.

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