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Day 335/365: A Sweater Half Empty (Or Half Full?)

Here is how far I’ve gotten with the sweater.  I still have to knit the neckline and the rest of the body and figure out what I want to do with the cuffs.  It’s not an incredible amount of knitting left, but now I’m feeling like it’s time for a break.  The Coast Ripple afghan is calling to be finished.



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Day 328/365: Why I’m Loving This Month of November

I realized something the other day.  This year, there are five Mondays in the month of November.  Monday is my regular day off (I work 10-hour days from Tuesday to Friday), so that’s five days this month that I don’t have to go in to work.

Also, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving are all state holidays in November.  Tomorrow is the last day that I have to work this month.  Times like these make me even more thankful for my full-time permanent salaried position with the state of California.

All of these days off = more time to knit, or crochet, or sew, and do as I please.


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Day 326/365: Half a Sweater

A big advantage of knitting a sweater from the top down is that you can try it on as you knit.

Like so:


In which I take a selfie in my pajamas. And that weird bump on my belly is the drawstring cord of the pants.

I spent a good part of the day knitting the ribbing on the cuff.


When I got to what seemed like wrist-length, I bound off the sleeve.

And got this:


I’m not thrilled with the edge of that sleeve.  I’ll probably frog all that ribbing and do something else later.  (Oh!  Maybe bracelet-length sleeves with a crocheted edge?)  In the meantime, I’m going to start the second arm.  I’m pretty sure a couple of my neighbors were wondering what I was doing out on the porch, taking selfies in what appeared to be a one-armed sweater.

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Day 325/365: The Unfinished Sweater

Okay, I’ll be honest:  I got bored after crocheting a few more rows on the Coast Ripple afghan.  So I set that aside and looked at what else remained in the WIP pile.

There was this:


This is a knitted top-down sweater that I started about two years ago.  The yarn is Berrocco Lustra, 50% Peruvian wool and 50% Tencel Lyocell.


As you can see, it’s missing an arm, a neckline, the rest of the body,


and a cuff.


I think I might accomplish finishing one cuff today.

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Day 44/365: That Same Darn Sweater


I’ve gotten this far down on the body of the sweater, and I’ve got that much yarn left.  Unfortunately, this particular yarn was purchased several years ago and I’m pretty sure that it’s been discontinued.  I’m at that point in the sweater-knitting process where I usually give up and move on to another project (as my two other very similar half-finished sweaters will tell you).  But part of the reason I started this blog was to give me a reason to complete all of my unfinished projects.  So I will persevere and maybe just switch to crocheting the rest of the damn thing, as we all know that in the time it takes to knit the bottom half of a sweater, you could crochet an entire bedspread.  Luckily, it’s the start of another three-day weekend.