It still mostly looks like nothing, but this is a sweater, I promise. I am almost ready to do the bind off, and then I will continue with the welt pattern filling in the bottom half of the sweater. There is just a small problem.
I don't have enough yarn.
That's not completely true. I don't have enough yarn here. I have another skein of Party Angel, but that is taking a fair amount of time to get through. I'm still on my second skein. However, the Berocco Flicker is another story. I have that tiny ball and one other with me. I am almost positive that I can get through both of those and then I will have to stop before starting the sleeve/bodice area.
The construction of this sweater is a bit more interesting than I initially gave the designer credit for. Most of the circle sweaters I've seen before are basically a circle with two holes where bind off and cast on stitches (or similar) and then pick up and work down the sleeves. With this, you leave a relatively small area bound off at the top and continue working, creating extra length through the body. After you finish the body, you then create a separate sleeve bodice piece that allows you to create a more defined back. The area at the top that you initially bound off is (if I am reading the schematic correctly) a shawl-like collar. I'm looking forward to making more progress on this piece. I am not really looking forward to the mondo seam I have at the end. But with the expected running out of yarn and lack of a good space to block something this large, I don't think I need to worry about that part.
It is a good thing that I have two additional knitting projects and cross-stitch. I won't run out of things to do. Crosswords, knitting, cross-stitch and a book. I have barely touched on these things, because I'm often busy. But during the down moments I'm speedily crafting my way.