I am almost sure it has happened to every crafter/artist out there. You start something with a timeline in your head, and suddenly two years have gone by and you're still not finished. It's like a mean trick of time. Didn't I just start this? Wasn't I doing well? I had a plan, damn it!
Well, that is what happened with this sweater. I had actually picked it out to participate in the Brooklyn Tweed winter knit along...from two years ago...nearly three years ago...I had the bottom portion of the body and one sleeve finished within a record one month and then it took two more years to finish the rest. I think that deserves a forehead slap. But I must say, I'm so glad I pulled it back out, kept chugging along, and now have a beautiful sweater to show for it. It's just in time for the weather to cool off, too. Bonus! It's like I planned it this way, after all.
Project Notes: This was my first color work cowl sweater in the round. I loved it. I always think I need to make a bigger size than I really do. I should have probably knit the smaller size here, but I always fear going too small. I added a little length in the body and sleeves because I am tall, but only an inch. I ended up miscalculating the sweatshirt color yarn (the main color) because of this addition and ran out at the very end...with only about three rounds left! How awful, right? Luckily the color was still available and I ordered a new skein and finished up without it taking an additional year.
The colorwork section was well charted and was definitely manageable for a newbie to this type of knitting. There were a few rows where it was necessary to carry three strands around, which wasn't my favorite. I like when there are only two...two is a nice number. However, the repeats in the pattern are very short, so it is easy to catch a nice flow, even with three strands.
This was a great sweater to knit. I still need to sew in my ends and block it, which means I am not really really done, but I call it done enough for now. However, I'll put up the actual finished sweater on Instagram when it gets there. Promise. And it will be soon. Less of a promise on that one, more of a goal.
Let me know if you've knit a sweater like this! Or even knit this sweater. Or maybe even took nearly three years to finish a sweater. I'd love to hear about it.