I only have a little bit of knitting left on sleeve number two, and then I’ll have completed all of the knitting for this embroidered flower sweater (which needs a better name). Then it’s just finishing all of the embroidery and blocking!
One of the things I’ve discovered in the knitting of this sweater is that magic loop is actually pretty awesome! When I went to start the first sleeve, I couldn’t find any size 6 dpns, so I decided out of desperation to try magic loop. I remember deciding I didn’t like it years and years ago, back when I first started knitting small-circumference things in the round – so this was probably something like 18 years ago. I don’t even remember what I didn’t like about it! Well, turns out Past Me was wrong – magic loop is GREAT! It’s so much easier to try the sleeves on as I’m knitting them, too. I may shift away from dpns for good now that I’ve got the practice of two sleeves worth of knitting under my belt.
As I’m nearing the end of this sweater project, I’m also nearing the end of Spring Semester. Three more weeks worth of classes, then another week or two of grading. This has been the hardest semester of teaching I’ve ever done, and it’s not like last Spring (or last Fall) were easy in any way. But at this point, everyone is burnt out, both faculty and students, and not having a Spring Break just exacerbated that in the worst way. I’m trying so hard to help my students figure out how to limp over the finish line, but I’m running on a tank that’s been empty for months myself. It’s just so hard.
Maybe by this time next week I’ll have a completely finished sweater to share? Just in time for it to have warmed up – though, this is Western NY we’re talking about, so I may still get a few wears out of this sweater before warm weather truly arrives. We’ll see.