In between working on my own projects I’ve also been quietly knitting on another project: a sweater for my father.
Originally this was not my project. My mother started it when she just got back into knitting, encouraged by my enthusiasm, no doubt. Starting a full sized man’s sweater as a first project might not be the best idea ever. The project sat in her knitting basket next to the couch for a year or two, without much progress being made. So, when I stayed at my parents for a few nights, I sometimes used to knit on it a bit, and eventually I just offered to take the project with me and finish it for her. This way, at least it wouldn’t be staring at her from the basket any more. Still, it wasn’t priority knitting for me either, as I still had my own knitwork to knit on.
Primarily I’m a ‘selfish knitter’, as I mostly knit for myself. I enjoy knitting without the pressure of having a deadline or expectations of others. Still, knitting for
certain select deserving individuals others can be fun, if you knit for people who appreciate the time and effort that goes into a knitted jumper. My BF wears the cardigan I knitted him so often, it’s allready starting to show. I’d almost consider making him a new one, but only after I’ve finished my dad’s jumper and satisfied my own inner selfish knitwear beast with some new knits of course!Do you guys often make things for others? Or not at all? Or like me the occasional hat and jumper for the deserving kind.
By now, the back panel is done and the front of the sweater is super close to being done. (The photo’s aren’t 100% up-to-date). The yarn I’m using is Silky Tweed, which is a discontinued yarn by Rowan. It’s super soft, with 20% silk and 80% lambswool. I enjoy knitting with this yarn, even if it’s a bit splitty when I don’t pay enough attention to what my hands are doing. I´m really stoked that I’m actually knitting something textured again!
At the moment , craft-wise, things are at a slow pace at the treehouse, as it’s exam time. Again! This week and the next will be spend cramming study books, typing essays and slaving away on exams at uni. This leaves very little time for anything else, which is also the reason why I still haven’t been able to blog about the Stephen West shawl, even though it’s been finished since the beginning of this month. It’s so strange how fast time goes when I’m wrapped in uni things. Before you know it we’ll be well into December already!