Finishing a fun knitting project is similar to finishing a good book. You are happy to see the outcome, but deep down feel a little bit sad because it is over. I completed my sixth dog sweater (same pattern as the first five) and it was just as rewarding as the first. I love having a knitting project sitting there just waiting to be picked up. I have mentioned in previous posted that I try not to have too many projects going on at once. I have a big project that can only be done at home (blanket), a complicated project that needs my undivided attention which means no audiobooks, podcasts, etc., and then my favorite- my portable day-to-day project. I saw a sale on Kraemer yarn and I jumped on it and made Jonesy another sweater before the warm weather came. I just couldn’t resist. Go to Kraemer Yarns for the pattern and yarn. The pattern is called Poochie Keen dog sweater and the yarn is perfection worsted.
Thanks to my friend thebellapack I finished the book The Maid by Nita Prose. She is my “goto”when I am need of my next book. It also doesn’t hurt that we are in a book club and she has great suggestions. She had recommended it quite some time ago and it took a while for it to arrive from my library. There was quite the waitlist…but it was worth it! I was reading it while I was knitting the sweater. And I was reading it, not listening to it. This actually worked out well since I didn’t want either to end too quickly.
Now in the back of my mind while knitting this dog sweater I was thinking about what I had planned next. It is a lightweight sweater and I have been dreaming (that might be an exaggeration) since last summer. The pattern is called “Anker’s Summer Shirt” and you can find it on ravelry. I let myself get intimidated by big projects and I know that I shouldn’t. Well, I took the plunge! I went to Close Knit in Midland Park and they helped me choose yarn for this project. They are fantastic there! I go back and forth between them and Yarnia in Montclair. I like to support the LYS! (That’s local yarn store)
I started on the swatch while Jonesy’s sweater was in the washing machine! (BTW- I went to college in Pennsylvania my freshman year and they thought is was funny that I called it a washing machine) So here is the washed and blocked swatch! I think I hit the money on gauge. Phew! I look forward to casting it on! More to come!
Do you call it a washing machine or a washer? My Pennsylvania friends found the term “washing machine” funny. They also didn’t say “vacuum cleaner”, they would say “hoover” or “sweeper”.
Are you sad when a good book is coming to an end? Do you star to read slower?
How about knitting? Do you like the start/middle/end of a project? For me it depends on what I am knitting…just like the book.