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Grettir WIP

Written by Sarah on July 24th, 2014 Posted in knits, sweater, WIP

grettir wip 2

Grettir is finally coming together. There wasn’t much to show you during the long haul of stockinette but now something interesting has happened. And, alas, now it’s basically over.

I’m quite pleased with the look of the yoke. It was a pretty simple colorwork pattern for me. Everything was straightforward there. Stranded colorwork really is my favorite thing. I imagine that if I were a dragon, instead of a cave full of golden treasures, I’d be sleeping on a big pile of fingering-weight colorwork sweaters.

grettir yoke

I recently looked back on the beginnings of this sweater and thought, “God, I’m such an asshole!” Can you believe I started this thing back in March? It’s July and it’s still not finished. I really have no excuse for this taking so long. Though, I suppose, the beauty of knitting for myself (and by that I mean knitting something that isn’t on a work deadline because clearly this sweater is not for me) is that it doesn’t have to be finished with any haste. But, still. It’s a little ridiculous that a worsted-weight sweater that is mainly single color stockinette has taken me months and months.*

I think this sweater is kind of telling of my mental state this summer. I’m really all over the place. I want to sew tank tops and eat ice cream and read comic books. I’ve allowed myself to become undisciplined after a year of hard deadlines and workaholism which was a big mistake! Give me and inch, etc etc.

grettir wip

All of that over-analysis aside, Grettir is almost finished. I have to graft the underarms to the sleeves which I just have had zero motivation to do. There’s a lot of waste yarn still hanging around the cast ons of this sweater. And he could use a nice blocking. It fits Jon well and he’s really pleased with it. I think it suits his style perfectly.

But, of couse, it was 90 degrees today so I have absolutely no desire to be finishing a sweater right now.

Do you ever get lazy with knitting? What keeps you on track on personal projects?

*Okay, stockinette stitch for miles is a good excuse for taking a long time. It just NEVER ENDS.

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Comments (4)

  • July 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm |

    Wow, this is gorgeous! Do you think I could handle this if I haven’t done colorwork before?

    • July 25, 2014 at 9:22 am |

      Yes! There are some tricky bits where you are decreasing stitches within the colorwork but it’s nothing you couldn’t handle. I found that the colorwork is simple and repetitive which makes it super easy.

  • Aunt Sherry
    July 24, 2014 at 6:22 pm |

    Another beauty. ~@ re: stockinette- you know it’s the same way with a lot of crafts, weaving, embroidery, the thing I’m making you for Hanukkah – long stretches of the same color or same color/stitch – Baw-ring! But the reward, afterwards… we are more patient people with beautiful gifts, clothing, and practical or fanciful items, etc.

    • July 25, 2014 at 9:23 am |

      It’s true. And I tend to gravitate towards wearing garments that have lots of stockinette so I should just suck it up! But so so boring haha!

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