So what do you do when you haven’t bought yarn in a looooong time and someone sends you a knitpicks gift card?
You don’t take into consideration that you’re still slogging away on a sweater that you cast on for two years ago, and you don’t take into consideration that you’ve promised to knit your sweetie a cardigan. Instead, you logon immediately and buy a whole sweater’s worth of yarn for yourself and then sit and count down the days until it arrives in your mailbox, itching to cast on.
This, my friends is precisely why you should not put yourself on an involuntary and prolonged yarn diet. You end up making rash, selfish decisions while completely ignoring your lack of knitting speed, or the “I swear I’ll knit you a cardigan” promises that you’ve made.
But I can’t let myself cast on for that cardigan until I have finished knitting Thermal. I was zooming away at the sleeve last night and then something went horribly wrong. It was right there, at the intersection of two DPNs, at the end of the round: one of my stitches a few rows down looked loose and saggy and I half-convinced myself that I’d dropped a stitch. (It was hard to tell exactly what was going on cause there were some increases thrown in, and the waffle pattern….) So I laddered down and picked back up the same stitches, finally convinced that I hadn’t dropped a stitch after all, that it had just been wonky. Two rounds later, that same area was all of a sudden all bunched up and tight on my needles. Something was amiss, and I had no power to stop it. So I had to tink back about six rounds. By then I was so exhausted and aggravated that I just put it down for the night and poured a glass of wine. I still have no idea what happened or how it ended up that way.

Underside of sleeve.  I like how the increases make a V in the waffle ridges.

Underside of sleeve. I like how the increases make a V in the waffle ridges.

So back to the new exciting yarn purchase; I bought Swish worsted to make Dexter by ZephyrStyle. I also promised Joey that I’d knit him the Smokin cardigan by BrooklynTweed. Maybe I can knit them simultaneously? By the time I’m finished with Thermal it will probably be warm outside. Surely there’s nothing weird about knitting two cardigans at the same time in the middle of summer. Is there?

2 thoughts on “Cast-On-itis

  1. Jodi says:

    I’m so impressed you’re knitting Thermal! I love that pattern, but the idea of knitting a whole sweater with fingering-weight yarn makes me break out in hives.

  2. KSD says:

    Isn’t that increase beautiful!!

    Thanks for wishing me a happy birthday — extremely sweet!

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