Sleepless Nights=New WIP

February 24th, 2007

Not that much knitting happened this week, until last night that is. I woke up around 1 am completely alert and bored out of my mind. Earlier this week I got to see some amazing WIPs at the shop. A child’s aran sweater class started last week and the sweaters are coming along beautifully. Since I don’t have anyone that size to knit for, I figured it might be time to begin some charity knitting. I haven’t done any charity knitting for about a year and a half. The last time I had lots of items to drop off – scarves, hats, mittens, a few baby blankets and a baby sweater – I put them in my car trunk to drop off later in the week, and my car was stolen right out of my parking garage, never to be seen again. The car was replaced, but I’ll never be able to get back the time and effort expended on those charity items. And I’m sure whoever took the car dumped everything in it (including a longaberger basket, the best ever ice scraper/window cleaner that I can’t find to replace, a handknit scarf that I loved and other miscellaneous car items). But those charity items. I imagined children pulling on the mittens and hats being cozy and warm. A preemie growing stronger, wearing one of my hats. A mother who has never had a handknit item, dressing her baby in the sweater I lovingly knit. All that warm and fuzzy goodness that is no more. It jaded me. I’m finally ready to move past it and begin again.

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So I cast on for the sweater with some left over yarn, and got my knit on. The sweater is knit in pieces up to the armholes, and joined for raglan shaping. I knit the back, fronts and began the sleeves. The sleeves are a contrasting color to mix it up a bit. I’m loving this pattern. It holds my interest and is a quick knit. This week’s class will have us join the pieces together to begin the yoke – I can’t wait. And I can see a little girl pulling on this sweater, smiling because of the softness and warmth, and bright cheery colors. And her loved ones delighting in that smile. You see, if you push me down, I do eventually get back up, with more resolve and strength than you might expect.

As for other knitting this week, my tofutsies socks had a heel flap, a turned heel, and half a gusset. Then I realized I didn’t center the pattern on the top of the foot. Me being my anal self, ripped back. Here is where it stands now – ready to start the heel flap.

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And I’m still on the 5th repeat of the lace rectangle shawl. Not bored yet.

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Now I’m off to enjoy the weekend – the first weekend I have had off in about a month. Enjoy yours!


2 Responses to “Sleepless Nights=New WIP”

  1. get stitchy! on February 24, 2007 10:13 pm

    Congratulations! You’re on get stitchy!

    Thanks so much for submitting your blog.

  2. Jennifer on February 25, 2007 2:38 am

    I’m not sure if I’m more upset about your car getting stolen or the knitting that was lost. Definitely the knitting! I love the current WIPs. They look great.

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