Inspired by Natalie's recently finished one kilometre jumper I remembered that I had some Rowanspun Aran amongst my collection of precious discontinued yarns and decided that what I really need is another hooded jumper. I have several of these, knit using the Knitting Pure and Simple Pattern for a neck down hooded tunic and have them in constant rotation all the time, in fact,I am wearing one now as I type.
The shade that I chose is Caviar, not Tusk as I might have mentioned in my previous post and is a lovely,sophisticated mid brown colour with red white and blue flecks. When I had made my decision, I don't know if this ever happens to you but I could see myself wearing it, really clearly, right down to the long denim skirt and brown boots that I was going to wear it with.
So I started knitting with great enthusiasm and impatience to be wearing my new jumper. I always find that the shoulder part of a top down jumper goes really fast. The raglans are shaped by doing a knit front and back of the same stitch increase either side of four stitch markers until there are enough stitches all round. I love the neat line of increase that it creates.
Before I knew it, I had romped through two balls of yarn in the space of 48 hours and had created this:
I think it was then that the madness took hold and I decided that I would challenge myself to see if I could finish this jumper within a week.I calculated that it would take about six skeins of yarn to complete at my going rate of a ball a day how hard could it be?
Yesterday, as I hauled this increasingly bulky garment out of my bag on the train in place of my usual sock I started to have my doubts. Even so, by midnight I was only slightly behind schedule and had produced this as day 3 drew to a close.
With a weekend to myself I should be able to make plenty of progress over the next couple of days. Let's see if I have enough to show you by tomorrow, the end of day 4.