I’m Knitting as Fast as I Can

We’re down to less than six full days before the 25th. Should I title this post Procrastination is an Art Form? Last year I gave my son-in-law a box of balls of yarn. He asked for a sweater. I’ve inflicted my hand knitted gifts on numerous unsuspecting recipients so when I get a specific request, it’s a thrill. My one son said”Ma, I think we’ve got enough hats.”

To blog it not to blog last night? Priorities? I’m getting three grandkids as houseguests starting today. I can’t knit a patten where I have to check the chart and the count very well while hostessing . Mindless knitting I can do in the company of others.

So it’s crunch time. I was determined to finish those sleeves before I went to sleep. Phew. I’m pretty sure one is a bit wider than the other.

James will get this sweater by Christmas. It can’t be in pieces. Joanne told me how to cast on the fronts and back and knit all at the same time so no side seams.

Plus, I’m headed to photograph the house moving adventure.

Will I make it? Stay tuned

Did I mention I’ve one full ball of yarn left?

The color is called “concrete ”

It’s time to play Yarn Chicken, too.

34 thoughts on “I’m Knitting as Fast as I Can

  1. I think you should take a picture of James in the sweater when its done. Just saying!

  2. The color is unique. The pattern is challenging to say the least. How do you do it? James is so fortunate. He has a very special Mother-in-Law for sure. We think you are the best.

  3. ONly you, Ruth!!!! And YES, YOU WILL MAKE IT!!! but …… Epiphany gift is a possibility!!!! 🙂
    LOVE the color!!!!

  4. Is having an extra skein of yarn like having extra pieces from your Ikea furniture? 😂🤣😂
    Believe me, I’d love to have a handmade sweater, even if it’s late.
    I still have sweaters my Mother made from 35 years ago. Still look as nice as the day she knit them!

      • I hit them with the ‘ball remover’ shaver every few years. Good as new! No store-bought piece of clothing has EVER stood up to my Mom’s knitting, crocheting or sewing. I still have a few sewn pieces I can’t part with, but don’t wear, as they are too small or too dated (70’s called, it wants it look back 😉) Patchwork, flared pants will make a comeback…. right ??

  5. Love the term knitting chicken. I’ve returned to knitting after a long break, so much has changed! Giant balls of wool, self striping colours, circular knitting needles, there’s been so many changes. I have the wool, I have the needles, I have the patterns, I just need to crack on with something!

    • Such s lovely endeavor to return to, Knitting. Be sure to post what you’re working on so we can encourage you. Something will spark your interest. Since I retired I watched YouTube videos and taught myself how to knit two socks at a time on one long circular needle (magic loop). A bit of a tangle at first. I like watching The Grocery Girls podcast from Canada on YouTube when I need inspiration or motivation. Elizabeth Zimmerman said“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”

      • Thanks, some great tips to bear in mind. I must admit a circular needle does sound bewildering, but I won’t knock it until I’ve tried it!

      • I use circulars almost exclusively now even for straight pieces. Never worry about misplacing a single needle as they’re connected. Sometimes I like a slick steel nickel plated and other times the hold and “tooth” of a bamboo. I still have tons of mostly aluminum straight needles but they just sit in a box now. I never thought much about needles until maybe 5 years ago. I’ve broken a lot of wooden Double pointed when I started socks. They were so skinny and vulnerable. Best of luck with whatever you start.

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