The past week, I’ve been largely single-minded with just one word on my mind, “finish.” I’ve been feeling like I have a lot of little loose ends spread around me so I’ve been making a concerted effort to tie them all up with a pretty bow before Thanksgiving. The idea is that one more week of really putting my nose to the grindstone and the remainder of the year can be dedicated to enjoying time with my family and working on my own pet projects. This plan has involved everything from (finally) clearing out my gardens to figuring out how to make a little extra room in the basement for the workers who’ll be replacing our furnace next week (!!!) to writing up a couple guest posts I’ve promised to finishing up my beautiful handspun sweater. And oh so much more. One more week though, I’ve got this.
On the craft front, I’ve had a couple small projects that I can’t share at the moment as they are destined for guest posts for others, but beyond them my focus has been almost wholly on my handspun sweater.
And the focus has paid off as last night I started binding-off! I never bothered to count the number of stitches I picked up for the neckband, but I knew I had quite a few as the rows took some time. I got to within a couple inches of finishing altogether, but stopped in order to have a timely bedtime. I’ll wrap it up later today.
I do want to share that just as I splurged on an extra 24″ cord to go with my 16″ cord that I was already employing for work on the sleeves, I once again turned to Dyeabolical‘s Needles & Notions section of the for the neckband of this sweater. I’d previously thought I’d just make do with what I had, working off a smaller cord or try to piece some arrangement of needles and cords together. I was so impressed by the reasonable prices and quick shipping of my 24″ cord, though, that I went ahead and ordered a 60″ cord for the neckband from Dyeabolical. It was one of the best choices I’ve made in a knitting project in a long time. It really just made the whole process smooth and easy.
And along with my 60″ cord, Rachel slipped in this awesome little ruler! Isn’t it adorable? It’s perfect for checking gauge sporadically throughout projects and tucks into any project bag super easily. It’s such a great idea and was such a fun surprise!
So with my sweater end imminent, you might be wondering what comes next? When I finish the ‘to-do’ list and am left to my own devices? It probably won’t shock you to know I’ve got a few ideas.
I’m seriously considering pulling this beauty out from its long hibernation.
I’ve also pulled out the yarn for my next weaving project…
And I might have pulled up a little fiber as I made a makeshift hiding spot for some Christmas gifts…
In any case, 7 or 8 more days of finishing. Oh, I’ve got this. And then, oh and then, what lies beyond is anyone’s guess. Although I’m fairly certain it will involve some fiber, some yarn, and a good deal of writing, too. I can’t wait. Moose however…