The weather this weekend has been nice enough to spend some quality time outside. Playing in the backyard doesn't help me finish my sweater for the Knitting Olympics, but it makes both Victor and I happier people. Our house came with a lot of random balls left in the backyard, which is great for Victor. We can kick the ball towards him, and he grabs them and drags them all over the yard. Most of them are losing air, so his grip can get pretty good.
This weekend was a lot of cleaning, but now I can look at all of the surfaces in the kitchen (not just the sink and counters) and feel like I'm mess free. There is mess in other rooms of course, but the kitchen is a mess-free zone. Yippee!
My sweater is coming along, but I am still working on the body. I have not quite gotten to the split between the armholes, but I hope to at least finish the body by the end of the Olympics. I won't have won, but the point was to stop putting off making this sweater. I find it easy to start the small projects, but I often put off the larger projects even if I have all of the materials. I think it is that slight nervousness about making something with finishing work.
In this case, while the finishing work is a little on the extensive side - shoulder and sleeve seams, button bands, and a collar that is folded in half and sewn down - the biggest thing is picking up stitches. I'm on the body and I've already picked up just over 400 stitches. There will be more picked up for each of the sleeves and then the normal finishing stuff. If you don't love picking up stitches, you probably don't want to work on this!