"You don't make things easy for yourself, do you?", commented my boyfriend as he walked in on me knitting the other night.
And he makes a perfectly valid point. We recently bought our first house which we're in the process of decorating, I'm doing longer hours at work due to the awkward train times into the city, I'm co-hosting the Dakota Sewalong, I have a sewing wishlist as long as my arm, and at the same time, I'm trying to remain social. The point being, I don't really have time for knitting right now! But along came Knit for Victory and got me all inspired!
You see, I took some knitting lessons at the end of 2011 and absolutely loved it! I made a few small things and then ambitiously started a gorgeous 1940s jumper in March 2012. By that June I had made some excellent progress. But that was the end of the road - summer set in and my thoughts turned away from knitting.
The pattern and my yarn are so beautiful though and it would be a shame never to finish this. Plus, I want to regain that passion for knitting again...even if the timing is bad. Knit for Victory states that you can complete an existing project as long as you're only half way through it - check. However, I'm going one step further and proving my boyfriend 100% right. I'm starting this baby from scratch! I know that sounds crazy, but I don't have the skills to fix what I don't like (I can barely pick up dropped stitches), so starting again is my only option.
With sewing, I always know I need to shorten stuff, but this never occurred to me when I started this jumper. So I put my questionable maths skills to the test and figured out I need to reduce the sleeve and bodice length by about four pattern repeats. The sleeves are too long as they are and the bodice hits me at my widest part - most unflattering! If I could make it a bit 'cropped' then I'm more likely to wear it with high-waisted jeans and skirts a la the stylish Sarai.
I highly doubt I'll finish this in time for Knit for Victory's deadline - 31 January 2014 - but I'm just happy to get back into the knitting swing.
Are you joining Tasha at By Gum, By Golly?