Apparently, business school graduations are week-long affairs involving multiple forms of celebration per day. Which is pretty appropriate given the overall nature of business school– they definitely know how to balance out their workload with plenty of play. This has been a wonderful couple years for me and Kyle, so we’re just enjoying the revelry and soaking in the remaining time. As a result, I’m not taking on any big projects for a couple of days– I don’t want to feel tied to the sewing room or guilty for doing a little too much celebrating…
But nothing is less appealing to me than a full-on break for my itchy fingers. So I’ve been passing the time– thechunks and slivers that I can get– with a project that’s been easy to start, stop, and carry around.
Amazing how those odd moments of time can really add up. And if we’re being honest, I still find myself getting hooked– even if this is meant to be a casual side project. I may have come back from four hours of cocktail drinking last night and finished sewing on the buttons while Kyle pretended to watch Game of Thrones with me but really was passed out on the couch.
I started this a few weeks ago, when I was immediately inspired by this stunner. (For those of you with Ravelry accounts, click through Pinterest to see more.) I sent a message to “Millini” (her Ravelry username) and asked after the pattern– naturally, it did not exist. I may be a confident designer-writer when it comes to quilts, but for me quilting is to cooking what knitting is to baking. I find it much harder to get away with experimentation and my usual winging-it approach.
Enter one of my all-time favorite knitting books.
If you don’t own this bible of sweater patterns, buy it. Basically, the marvelous Ms. Budd offers the basic formula for sweaters of all shapes and styles– plug in your gauge and dimensions, and you’re good to go.
I went with a seamless yoke sweater (seams are NOT my friends), size 38, number 9 needles, and a whole lotta leftover worsted weight yarn.
To make the shawl collar, I just kept on knitting…
Given my weakness for luxuriously large knit sweaters, and my price tag blindness in this particular area, it’s immensely gratifying to have a new sweater that was effectively free! Yeah, yeah, I purchased all those yarns and buttons at some point, but not within the lifetime of my most recent credit card statement.
Believe it or not, I still have a hefty yarn stash left (like I said, I’m a scrap saver). And conveniently enough, I still have a few more days of celebration (did I mention graduation is followed by Kyle’s 5-year reunion, a wedding, and our one-year anniversary?) so I’m casting on my next project as we speak (er, as I type… you know what I mean). Another yarn-stash-busting sweater, but this time a smaller, warmer-weather version. Because despite the currently cold and rainy weather, I believe in you Boston…