I am making progress on Burrard. I’m actually tempted to say I’m making good progress, but a) I don’t want to jinx myself, and b) that’s all relative. I’ve never knit a sweater in pieces before, so the sense of satisfied completion I got when I cast off the right front on Tuesday is likely illusory. I mean, I still have the left front, the back, a sleeve and a half, and all the finishing, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
Nonetheless, that little gleam of accomplishment? That will work wonders at pushing me through this project in a timely manner. One of the reasons I’m drawn to smallish projects (such as socks and mittens and things) is, I think, because on the way to a finished project, I get to feel like I’ve accomplished something. I tend to think of myself as a process knitter just as much as I am a product knitter (by which I mean, I choose projects that I will both enjoy knitting and enjoy wearing) and finished pieces satisfy both sides of that coin.
But lets talk about Burrard. I am so entirely enchanted by the various cables that they can occupy me for hours (or could, if I had hours and hours of free time to knit). I love that each column of cables is different, and that the orderly ones are offset by the sort of jangly (as in: jingle jangle) motif that is the real star of this cardigan. Those cables are orderly too, but the way they slosh from side to side is so much fun. I am really looking forward to the crazy cable that winds its way up the centre of the back, which I think I’ll cast on for next, while I still have some momentum.
Nice cables – lots of interest. My biggest challenge in a pieced sweater is keeping all the pieces relatively the same size – that is, the arm holes match up properly and the front and back sections are the same length.
I’m a little worried about too, but I’ve been keeping pretty detailed notes, and at least this one has a motif that exists on all the pieces, so I’ve been basing my notes on what row of that chart I’m on when I decrease or increase or whatever. I’m going to block them all together, so if there are little differences, hopefully I can deal with them then.
Nice work! That is one nice thing about working in pieces – you can check pieces off the list as you go, and know you’re making progress. I like the squiggly cables, to me they look very organic. Keep up the good work!
Looks great! I love how you describe the cables as “sloshing from side to side” – have you ever considered becoming a yarn-y poet?
A sweater like that should really count as 5 FOs when you are done. Right? Or maybe 6. THe final assembly of the sweater could count as a 6th FO.
That looks fantastic! I love working in pieces for the feeling of accomplishment and the increased portability of the knitting. I love the DNA-ish cable on the left. I can see how that would be addicting.
Thank you! I think they look sort of DNA-ish as well. I keep saying ‘Just one more bend’ and then getting sucked into a whole repeat. That does speed up the knitting though.