I signed up for the Loopy Ewe mini challenge last month, purchasing a few skeins of sock yarn I had been eyeing for a while to make a sweater.
Normally I have a problem focusing on a project. I'm one of those knitters who has 20 items in progress on her ravelry page, and quite likely a half dozen more that haven't made it into the list. For me to consistently finish things I need to monofocus. Stick to it, and not let another project or a deadline (usually for another project) get into the way.
When the three skeins of yarn showed up I was thrilled. It was also my Loopy Groupy order, so it was both an order and a present all in one. I was determined that I would finish this project, and only worked on this and a single pair of socks for nearly a month.
Last Tuesday, I wove in the ends before rehearsal. Wednesday morning I blocked the sweater in my tornado of a craft room (really, I decided to clean it up, and now it is in that worse than when I started stage).
And today, I finally wore it.
I love it. It is sparkly and red and comfortable. It isn't too tight and unlike a fair number of sweaters it isn't too short either. I don't feel this constant urge to pull it down and tug, tug, tug.
Details (theoretically will go on Ravelry):
Pattern: Drops top with shirred pattern on yoke
Yarn: 2 skeins Dream in Color Smooshy in Poma-grenade, 1 skein Dream in Color Starry in Poma-grenade
I hate casting on a huge number of stitches and then joining only to realize I've twisted them. Instead, I cast on 1/2 the required stitches plus one and knit the rows of garter stitch and then did the same thing for the other side. I then joined the two sides by knitting the extra stitches away in the first stockinette row. It creates two tiny slits on each side and if I was doing a similar top in the future I would do it again only with a deeper slit.
I have about a 1/4 ball of the starry left and 1/2 a ball of smooshy. If they mass out enough on the digital scale, I will probably make a pair of socks with the leftovers.
See, I do finish things (other than picot hems on socks)!