Not to open the wounds left by the popular knitting site’s turmoil early this summer, but since I’ve stopped hanging out there so much, have you noticed how much knitting I’m getting done? Also, it seems that I’m finishing a lot of older projects and not jumping onto the new ones quite as much. Yes, I did start a new one this week but I am happy with all the older projects I’m getting done.
I still have my account at the old site, I’m still storing my project information there because I tried several other sites and even tried my trusty spreadsheets but it’s so much easier there. I’m not buying any patterns there.
On that same topic, a blog reader contacted a designer recently about a pattern I had been working on, simply asking if her patterns were available anywhere else and the designer, in my opinion, was rather rude in her response, which was no . . they’re only available on that one site.
So, from now on, if the patterns I’m using are available somewhere else, I will link to the patterns at other locations. If not — no links!
This is Skogafjall. I started this pattern on February 21, 2019. This sweater is put together totally different from any other sweater I’ve ever knitted. I have to say that most every sweater I’ve knitted has been made very similarly til Addie’s unicorn sweater and this one.
I first knitted the sleeves separately. Then the body of the sweater was started at the bottom. At some point, the tops of the sleeves were joined to the yoke and you might can see that the underarms remain unstitched. Those will be hand stitched at the end.
I took this project with me to Missouri when I went in August. That’s when I got to the point where I attached the sleeves to the yoke and I did one row of the colorwork.
Yesterday, we were busy around here and I didn’t get a lot of knitting time. When I did get ready to sit down and knit, I decided to pick up around my chair. I had the project that I’d worked on the day before (the blue colorwork project) which is going to Missouri with me but I have to wind the yarn into balls before packing it; I had the leftovers from Addie’s unicorn sweater so I picked up those extra balls of yarn and put them back into the Cascade 220 tub; I had a couple of bags of yarn that I had swatched before decided on yarn for All of the Lights so I took that back and put it where it belonged.
Then, I had the bag with Skogafjall in it so I thought . . I need to see where I left off on this. I started knitting and got almost finished with Row 17 of the colorwork chart. There are 35 rows and there are 24 repeats of the chart. The first 20 rows have 10 stitches per repeat, or 240 stitches per row. The next 10 rows have 8 stitches per repeat so it goes down to 160 stitches per row. The next 3 rows have 6 stitches per repeat or 144 stitches per row. So really I just have three more rows with the 240 stitches per row. I’ll be glad to get to those shorter rows.
One potential problem, and I think I’m going to be ok — I decided to make the sweater a couple of inches longer and I don’t remember if I did the math when I made that decision and determined that I would have enough of the dark green yarn but last night, when I realized I was about to start on my last skein of the dark green yarn, I had a bit of a sinking feeling. With just a few more rows to go before I’m finished using that color, I think I’ll be ok but I do not like having to worry about running out of yarn. It’s Cascade 220 so I can get another skein if I need it . . but I’d like to finish this sweater soon and not have to wait for another skein of yarn to arrive!