Two steps forward…

… Two steps back, and almost a step forward.

That’s the state of the Amherst Cardigan right now. I almost completed the sleeves, when I realized I didn’t really like their form and fit much. Well, it’s better to knit it right instead of letting it slide and being unhappy when I wear it, so I decided to reknit the forearm a bit looser with a different decrease rate. I’ve now ripped that section out and have started again.

Reknitting Amherst Cardigan sleeves

I rechecked if this’ll eat into my yarn requirements and shorten the body’s length. It doesn’t look like I’ll have to sacrifice much – about 3-4cm (1.5″) which I think might be okay, assuming my gauge-based yarn calculations are correct. I think I’ve started hearing a whispered chant of “yarn chicken, yarn chicken…

I’m not getting much knitting done these days so I wondered whether to write anything at all, but this is as good a time as any to post an update. πŸ™‚ The weather’s gotten hot already and it’s becoming a tad uncomfortable to knit during the day on weekends, and I keep feeling like pausing this project and getting back to it later in the year. But I’m afraid my notes might not be enough to make further adjustments in the future if finagling is needed for the project, so I’d rather just keep at it, and finish at least the sleeves, if not the entire project!

So that’s my adventure so far. How are you faring in your projects?

13 thoughts on “Two steps forward…

  1. I’m like you on wanting to make the changes as needed instead of waiting. The cardigan is going to be lovely and even more special because of the care and heart you put in to it. πŸ™‚

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    1. Agreed, E.C. – the more you near the completion of the project, the more you want to just complete it, so now’s the right time for this change. πŸ™‚

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  2. I do hope you’ll keep going with the project but only as long as you’re happy working on it. I don’t know how to knit but I can relate about not liking something during the creation process so much you decide to go back and redo it. I’m working on a scrap yarn rug using a pattern called Tides of Change. The stitches are challenging at times as I’ve never used them before, but it’s still coming along quite nicely. Thank you for sharing your projects!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely like the project and want to keep working on it – I’ll finish the sleeves and then take a call. πŸ™‚ I checked out the pattern for your rug – it looks beautiful! I’d love to see your updates on it.

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  3. I’m a firm believer in knitting for pleasure (unless for whatever reason one has to do it – for sale, or needs to have sth ready before a deadline), so if it’s too hot to knit now, waiting until the cooler weather might be a good idea. Either way, I’m always happy to see an update πŸ™‚
    Fingers crossed that all the changes you make are exactly what you want from this sweater!

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    1. Absolutely, I don’t want to force myself to knit it, because I feel those feelings get trapped in the project. πŸ™‚ I do like this knit – if I could sit in front of an open fridge and work on this all day, I would. πŸ˜‰ I can still knit in the evenings a bit, so I’ll finish the sleeves and then take a call – the body shouldn’t be too difficult to pick back up if I hit pause, I think.

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  4. Definitely better to make your adjustments now then be disappointed when you are all fished. And what? You make notes that you may not understand later? Who does that? LOL I have read many a note and thought “what in the heck was I trying to say”. And I have pitched a project because I couldn’t remember where I was and my notes didn’t make an sense. Keep plugging away, Anita.

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  5. I know ripping out and restarting at certain points is a pain, but you are brave to do that knowing you will like it better but perhaps having to play yarn chicken. πŸ˜› Oh how I hate yarn chicken :P.

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