Ah… freshly dyed, newly wound, beautiful cakes of cashmere-blend yarn, waiting to be cast on into a new project. It’s so full of promise and yet, I’m approaching this project with so much trepidation.
There was a time when I started new projects undaunted, when I would knit through dinner with friends and family, and when I could finish a lace shawl in a two weeks. But these days I’ve been frustrated by my inability to make it all the way to the end. I have less than an inch left of garter stitch to do on my “Life on Sundays” shawl. I have a pile of finished objects that are actually finished but just need to be blocked. And of course, I have many many random UFOs littered throughout our tiny home. There’s yarn by my bedside, yarn on my computer desk, next to my desk… and in the kitchen. I think what would probably help is if I actually went to a knit night and the obligation of having to show up with knitting hand would actually make me do it… but I’ve honestly been feeling too lazy to make the effort.
So, that’s why I’ve come to this crossroad… where my desire to wear the lovely Rocky Coast Cardigan collides with the relative lack of confidence in myself to finish said cardigan. Ever since I saw Shannon from Luvinthemommyhood wear her Rocky Coast Cardigan to FibresWest a couple years ago, it’s been at the top of my list to knit. I even cast on in a different yarn about six months ago, but decided I didn’t want to knit myself a THIRD sweater in Oxblood.
This time, I’ve dyed up our new Trinity Worsted yarn in a new colour for fall and my aim is to have it finished by mid-June for TNNA. That gives me about a month and a half. Luckily, this cardigan has no buttons to sew on. What I need is a) some conviction, b) a strategy, and c) a really good show to get into on Netflix to accompany my knitting time.
If I have six weeks, then I should roughly be completing:
- Week 1: Yoke to Body, divide sleeves from body
- Week 2: Body (1/2 of it)
- Week 3: Body (remainder plus bottom ribbing)
- Week 4: Sleeve 1
- Week 5: Sleeve 2
- Week 6: Collar and finishing
That’s a lot of knitting in six weeks, especially since most nights I might get 30 minutes of knitting time before I pass out. Has anyone else knit the Rocky Coast Cardigan? Have any suggestions or tips for what you would do if you were to do it again? Maybe if I check in with my weekly progress, it will get me closer to finishing…
Well, better stop writing and start casting on, if I’m going to get this cardigan done before June 20th!