Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Not Finish, Not an Option

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Crisp air, blue skies, sunny days (well not these last two weeks but you know what I mean) lots of yummy apples and of course, Rhinebeck around the corner. Sheep and Wool! I love October!

I know every knitter planning on being there is feverishly working on their Rhinebeck sweater/hat/scarf/shawl/you name it. It's what we do! Because we are among kindred spirits, people who really get it, you know? And of course, we want to be well-attired.

I too, am working feverishly and am making some progress. With a bit of luck, this sweater will be ready by next weekend.

Zinnia in Progress

I've since completed one sleeve and am about to cast on for the second. The knitting has been easy so far, and I've made a few modifications to the pattern.

But the hard part looms ahead. I always get stalled at the finishing. I lack the confidence to attach sleeves properly and I get hung up wanting them to be perfect. This time I'm gonna have to just suck it up and do it. Because not finishing the sweater is not an option. I really want to honor the shepherd who brought Zinnia's fleece to market last year and wearing the finished sweater is really the only way to do that. Plus, I need something warm and comfortable to wear.

Gawd, I hope I haven't jinxed myself...

14 comments:

muchadored said...

It looks just beautiful! And I'm with you in the finishing, but you can do it!

Rose said...

That looks really lovely. I'll have my pink Mondo Cable pullover on, fresh off the needles!! Hope to run into you! Are you going Sat or Sun? We're planning Sun unless the weather is wonky.

knithound brooklyn said...

I'll be there all weekend! It's a girl's weekend away. This year it's all social so I'll be at the Ravelry meet ups! Unless I get distracted by fleece...ohmy.

barefootrooster said...

oh, lisa, it is awesome. can't wait to see more. you can do it!

lynn said...

Go Lisa! Second sleeve is totally doable, if you've already finished the first one in a week. I don't like weaving in ends, but if you need help with seaming, I actually don't mind mattress stitch, if that's how the thing is supposed to be sewn together.

Gale said...

It's gorgeous. I am impressed.

knottygnome said...

the sweater's looking gorgeous!

sleeves aren't so bad. i follow a norah gaughan tip to start at the top of the sleeve cap and work your way down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orMVu4B8GsU&feature=player_embedded#!

Sara said...

I think I know several people who are shutting themselves in this weekend to finish things. I'd vote for doing a crochet border around the armholes and wearing it as a vest if need be!

Katie M. said...

Oooh, that is gorgeous! I love the gray color ... you can do it!

Cookie said...

Dude, you can totally do it!

Mary said...

What a beautiful sweater! I'm cheering you on to the finish line!

Heather said...

looks fantastic! You'll make it! Rhinebeck, what a wonderful time of year. :)

Anonymous said...

It looks like it is going to be perfect, and if YOU happen to see some little, tiny, nothing flaw, please just carry on and finish it. You will be glad you did.
All your other work looks wonderful.
What a wonderful gift to show the person you got the yarn from.

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