Tuesday, October 31, 2006

3SI3MC (3 sweaters in 3 months challenge) UPDATE

Dear Cynthia,

First, Happy Halloween.

It's not my favorite "holiday", if I even go so far as to call it that, but I decided that it was time to throw my kids off guard and do something a bit uncharacteristic for "Mommy", so today, I'm not "M-o-o-o-o-m-m-y" (screamed in loud, child's voice, with the vowel sound being most prominent), but rather, I'm Daffy Duck. When I got downstairs and my four year old saw what I was wearing, he told me I had to take it off. I told him that I was going to wear this costume today, because it is Halloween. He then said, "Well, make sure you stay inside the house all day." With our very cold temperature swing here today, it gives new meaning to "freezing my tail off".

Work continues on the three sweaters in three months challenge. The biggest challenge, Hardangervidda, is moving along. I'm now at the point in the colorwork in which I bind off three stitches for the placement of the zipper. On the row after that, I'll cast three stitches back on in the same place (picture a "buttonhole"), and these stitches will be worked in black all the way up to the neckline, and will be the cutting stitches. Since I can't help myself from computing how much is done, how much left to go, etc. (and since I'm compelled to share that information with you :-), I've completed 18 out of 55 color rows in this section. Please note, however, that things become much easier (pattern is much less complicated) after only 40 color rows, so really, I'm almost halfway through the "woods". I've also started the second sleeve, just so I have something "little" to take with me to work on when I go to the library, music lessons, etc. This sweater body is getting a bit unwieldy .....

And, here is the hand-painted sweater. I completely ripped out the sleeve I had, and started again with more stitches. At first I thought it seemed like this was "backwards" progress, but then I remembered that it actually does get me closer to the finish line, so really, it was a step forward. Perhaps I'm delusional, or more delusional than I once thought, anyway. I also have only a couple more inches to finish of the back. I finished one of the side fronts, but I think I'm going to re-do it to make it a little bit shorter, once I get the back completed. One of these days I'm going to have to figure out what to do with the front opening edges..... This has become one of those "interesting" projects, in which it seems that every step of the way, I must deal with some sort of "opportunity" (disguised as a "problem")... Have I confused anybody yet, other than just myself?

And, the "I (circle) love (square) you (triangle)" sweater is still waiting for its second sleeve. I'm saving that for Thanksgiving Day, in which I will be a passenger in a car for about six hours. That ought to do it for that one.....

I feel like I have KADD (knitting attention deficit disorder)..... If it wasn't such a prevalent thing for knitters, I'd be worried.....

Well, that's it for now. Have a great day!
Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)


Marie N. said...

Nice costume, Daffy! I wore my old staple, "frazzled mom" costume to my daughter's Tae Kwon Do school's family costume party.

Designated Knitter said...

Great costume!! So did you stay in the house all day???