Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hardangervidda update...or, will she finish by December 24th?

Dear Cynthia,

I love watching knitted colorwork patterns come to life. The little dots and x's on the chart don't even come close to the look of the finished knitting. For the Hardangervidda sweater, it's pretty intense, because for many of the colorworked rows, I must refer to the chart for every single stitch, which means it's no longer a good project for toting around town. However, chugging through a few rows per day during "quiet time", I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm trying not to look too closely at this picture of the back, because I'm afraid I'm going to notice an error in the pattern...

I am six weeks into this project. I'd really like to have the knitting done within the next three weeks to give me ample time for the extensive finishing work (front plackets to knit, neckline to knit, sleeves to sew in, facings to stitch down, zipper to install, etc.) I have three quarters of a sleeve still to knit, and roughly 40 rows remaining on the body. I think it's possible to have this done by Christmas, as long as I don't become a slacker, and as long as I'm certain to cut the sleeve holes in the body in their proper locations. That last thing is something I've never missed, but I always worry about it.....

Well, I told my four year old that I'd work on his scarf for a while today when I was done "working" on the computer, so I'd better go do that. Later, we're off to the park! It's another gorgeous day here today, and we're wearing sweaters outside instead of winter coats. Tomorrow, we're expecting two inches of snow.....

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

4 comments:

Elizabeth said...

It looks great! Of course you'll finish by Dec 24. The momentum will carry you right through. The worst is behind you.

allisonmariecat said...

Oh, wow! That looks amazing. I know you can do it!

Marie N. said...

It is looking good. Is this the last knit project to finish before the 24th? You can do it!

Kendra said...

The sweater is impressive! I have very little experience with two-color knitting, but you're inspiring me to try it again.