I want to go in a different direction. Not that this sweater wouldn't have been great--it would have. I might revisit those design thoughts later in the season.
I've been thinking about a particular project for eons.
It's go time.
(I may or may not have pending deadline for this one. As in, the body needs to be done by Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. The whole body. I have yet to swatch. I see a yarny weekend in my future.)
I'm really excited about this sweater, though, because it will fulfill a multitude of contracts:
A. March sweater (i.e. sweater #3 of 12). Not bad. Not bad at all.
B. A teaching tool for "My First Sweater" class.
C. A shop sample.
D. A spring-ish sweater. (Hey, I'm not delusional. The sun that's been shining its little heart out for the past five days? I love it--I really do--but I know I'll be wearing long sleeves every day until Memorial Day weekend. This sweater'll have months of wear. Months.)
Yeah, yeah. I've got a few things on my plate. I did get some housekeeping done, though.
*Gansey stocking? Done. (I mean, there's still the issue of the I-cord hanger and the blocking routine, but that passes as "finished" in my book.)
*The blue sweater is back to yarn form. That way I don't feel guilty about an unfinished sweater lying around, just guilty about the fact that I wound the yarn into a ball. It's like the sweater never existed. Neat, huh?
*The jester stocking is coming along. It's stripey, tweedy goodness.
*I'm an inch and a quarter into Mardi Gras sock #2. I'll finish it before Lent's over. It's a very boring knit. My cross to bear, I guess. (Sorry--only Sara would think that's funny.)
*I've finally picked up sleeve #1 of my very lonely Orchid top-down pullover. It's quite embarrassing how little is left to knit. Maybe I'll have it finished in another six months.
Off to swatch. Tuesday's a comin'.