I’m a big fan of selfish knitting. Knitting takes a LOT of time, and while non-knitters can be appreciative of hand knit gifts, no one appreciates all your hard work like you do.
Around here we spend September-December knitting mostly for other people, bookmarking and queuing projects for ourselves the entire time, counting down the days until we can cast on that first selfish project of the post-holiday season.
For me, that day came early this year. While I’m not completely finished with my holiday knitting, I needed some mindless travel knitting.
Bergen Street Sleeves!
I’ve been coveting the Bergen Street Cardigan since I spied it in the Knit Picks Independent Designer Pattern line up. It had been in my mind since October when I did a little selfish knitting sneak peek. It got a LOT worse when one of my students ordered the Knit Picks City Tweed DK, the yarn the pattern calls for, and IT WAS GORGEOUS!
So, on the Megabus back to Chicago last week I cast it on. The pattern calls for the sleeves to be knit in the round individually, but I am one terrible counter, both between increase rows and for striped rows, so if I wanted sleeves that looked the same I knew I had to knit them both at the same time on straight needles.
I knit up those sleeves and it was easy, mindless knitting with pretty yarn! But then something terrible happened.
... the body!
I cast on for the body. And I’ve been knitting it and only it. Oops!
I’m not too worried. I’ve got 7 days to finish my Dadgurumi, my BabyNolangurumi, and a surprise extra present for my mom I just added today.
Ok, when you put it like that it’s a lot to do! But I’ve got 21 hours of travel between now and then (an 8 hour Megabus back to Minneapolis tomorrow, and then the CHRISTMASEVETRAVELDAYFROMHELL also on the horizon). And you know how I be. It ain’t no thang.
I mean, have you seen this yarn?
You would just keep knitting it, too.
Whatevs! I’m stuck in the sweater’s clutches and I can’t get out. There is nothing to do but just finish it as quickly as I can so I can finish my holiday knitting. And wear it every day because MAN it’s so pretty!
Also, today marks my last day in Chicago until the end of February. This will be the longest time I’ve been away from her, and I don’t know what to hug goodbye. Probably some beers.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be on the 6:30 Megabus to Minneapolis, Bergen Street Cardigan and an XL coffee in tow. Catch y’all in Minneapolis!
Pattern: Bergen Street Cardigan by Alexis Winslow
Needles: Size 6 and size 7 circular needles and straight needles (for sleeves)
Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed DK in Snowshoe and Plumb Wine
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