The last days of a project are great fun, I think. Pushing on, perhaps quietly setting a deadline for no other reason than you know you can, is part of the thrill of the culmination of our labor of love.
I tend to set mental deadlines near the end of a piece because I know if I focus, if I push on, the end will come really soon and I can say, ‘this will be finished by the weekend. I’m sure of it.’ It works all the time, like I start competing with myself. It’s the best kind of deadline, I think. No one is actually expecting an item I’m making for myself; a deadline is more or less arbitrary, but I know it’s been set and suddenly the race is on.
So I am merely days away from finishing a cotton cardigan I began in about October last year. I put it down for ages in the rush to get Christmas and other knitting done and well, who needs a cotton cardigan in the full heat of summer? Not even the thought of needing something to wear in the office could spur me on because it’s just never cold enough there.
But it’s February, and autumn is around the corner and I’ve got other things to get on with, so the Golden Vintage cardigan is taking top priority right now (apart from secret knits I can’t mention. Always there are secret knits, it seems!)
One of the nicest things about this cardigan is that the band is knitted as part of the body. It’s not added on, which was a bit plus for me because I am crap at that part. I’m yet to knit on a band that didn’t look truly ghastly.
The band has more of the mock cables in it, the ones that form the band of the body and the cuffs of the sleeves. I hope my hunch that this cardigan is going to be a good one for me is right. A few more days and we’ll know.
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I’ll leave you with a pretty shot of a generously provided (at a bargain price!) selection of yarns from Ailsa of Knitabulous.
Ailsa and I came up with a deal whereby I’d buy prizes for my recent competition from her. I need to try and match three of these to my winners. If you’re one of the winners and one of these sock yarns speaks loudly to you, let me know and put in your bid! If two of you bid for the same one, I’ll have to negotiate! So thank you Ailsa. Your yarns will find new homes very soon!