First of all, I’m delighted to report that I’m very close to finishing Wicked.
I’ve re-blocked Serrano, and the shoulders are working out much better. Now the only question is what I ought to do for a closure, which is a topic complicated enough to deserve its own post.
Cathode is also coming along nicely.
I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the bottom ribbing, so I can probably finish in a few weeks. I’m trying to finish Cathode before Serrano, because Serrano is lacy and light enough to wear well into spring. I know the bottom part looks preposterously small, but it’s very stretchy. I also think that negative ease is important with something like this, since it has the potential to really swallow me up if it’s too big. I had considered lengthening the sleeves, but I think I’ll stick with the short sleeves. I had also considered doing a smaller collar (which is why I did a provisional cast on at the neck) but I might as well do the big goofy one. It’s never going to be a “normal” sweater, I might as well follow the spirit of the pattern and make it totally nutso!
And now for the bad news. DPP had been relegated to a space bag to wait out the summer.
(There it is, hanging out with Tailored Scallops)
This project had really become a slog, which is heartbreaking considering that it’s my own pattern. But it was a slog the first time too, and as I’ve discussed, it put me off knitting for a few months. This project embodies knitting angst for some reason. Part of it is just the way things have worked out – as of this writing, Foliage is still on the Ravelry Top 20. I’m a little bummed that after my initial success DPP has been, shall we say, noticeably less popular. But again, as we’ve discussed, knitting is my HOBBY. The fact that DPP has become a slog, for any reason, justifies a time-out.
But the good news is, I’m almost done with the body and I like how it’s turning out. Some time this fall I’ll pick it up with renewed energy, and it will be finished in no time.