I feel like I keep falling off the face of the blogosphere, usually for a week or so at a time. No time or energy to blog, or even read other blogs. I wish someone would have told me that when a child starts school, your life gets infinitely more busy. I thought that I'd get a little more time to myself while the Princess was at school and Zippy napped. On some days, I do get those blessed hours, but most of the time, there is something to be taken care of. Volunteering at school, dance lessons, toddler tumbling classes, and now, of all things, I've found myself in the role of a Daisy Girl Scout leader. How the hell did this happen? I can tell you that this is not where I pictured my life heading at this age, but it's too late to look back now. I love my kids to pieces, and I'm finding myself doing things that I never thought I would ever do, just for them. Funny how life does that to you, turning your expectations upside down, again and again.
Naturally, the whirlwind of activity is severely cutting into my knitting and spinning time, and I'm guessing that it will only get worse as the kids get older and involved in even more activities. I'm slowly plugging away on a couple of different spinning projects, but with five minutes here, and ten minutes there, I'm not making much headway. Same goes for knitting. A few weeks ago, I was tired of the slow progress, and decided to start a sweater that I knew wouldn't take very long, even with limited time. Let us overlook the fact that if, perhaps, I had fewer projects, I might be able to make more progress. Minor details.
Pattern: Holly from Naturally Noro by Jane Ellison
Yarn: Noro Transitions color #6, 7 skeins for smallest size
Needles: 7.0mm Denise circulars
Modifications: I added waist shaping since this sweater is knit with several inches of ease, and I didn't want to look like I was wearing a knitted sack. In hindsight, I should have just left it alone. The waist shaping really doesn't seem to make much difference. I also changed up the neck a bit. First of all, I wasn't going to knit it flat and have a big 'ol seam on my neck, so I removed the two edge stitches and simply knit it in the round. Unfortunately, when I followed the pattern as written, it was ridiculously huge. Either that, or my neck is freakishly small. It reminded me of an Elizabethan-era ruff collar, which may have been fashionable in the 16th century, but not so much in the 21st. So, I ripped. I didn't like the way the pattern was written, anyhow, having the first half of the collar knit in stockinette stitch, and then switch to ribbing for the turned-over portion. I took out about 18 stitches (seriously!) and knit the entire turtleneck in 2x2 rib. Much better. One last simple mod was to skip the turned-up cuffs. For one thing, the sleeves weren't quite long enough for that, and besides, the cuff was far too bulky.
All in all, it's just an OK sweater. It's comfortable, that much is certain, but not entirely flattering. I sort of expected that, considering it's knit in a bulky yarn, which of course tends to make the wearer look bulky. I've wanted to knit this sweater since the book came out a few years ago, and though I'm not completely enamored with it, I do think it'll make a good weekend sweater. You know, for those cold winter afternoons where I lounge around with a cup of tea and my knitting? Ha!
A girl can dream, can't she?