.. except it's really not! I had to force myself to complete those sleeves I was moaning and procrastinating over in last weeks Yarn Along by setting a daily goal to complete so that they'd be finished for today. Having said all of that, the cardigan is pretty awesome!
I'm thrilled with it and the hand dyed Puelo llama wool from my shop was a perfect choice for a few reasons: 1) the varigated colours work perfectly with the long rows, I think this pattern would be lost on a solid coloured yarn. 2) the softness - oh! How I wish you could reach out and touch this cardigan because the llama wool is like butter - soft and dreamy and I never want to take it off - even though it is far too hot this week, I'm wearing it as I type! And 3) the weight is just right for a good drape without being heavy.
I know quite a few people have the Shift of Focus pattern in their queue. It's well written and worth paying for. I'd say it's intermediate level but not un-doable for those looking to stretch from beginner patterns.
The body worked up fast because it's all short rows, meaning you never reach the end of a row (wrap and turn, wrap and turn) so I was nervous about leaving it lying around in case stitches got dropped but it was, for the most part, good knitting for social knitting and/or watching movies.
I added an extra set of button holes inspired by another Ravelry user, just because (actually - the real reason is that I thought six looked less err.. nippley, somehow). More technical details on my Ravelry page.
That's the third adult sized cardigan I have knit so far this year which is funny because this time last year I was knitting my first proper cardigan and worrying if I could do it at all! What a difference a year makes (are you reading this Becky?!).
I also finished my procraftination-related crocheted green shawl that I mentioned last week. I love the picot detailing on the edging - which was a new skill I learnt with this project along with the magic loop cast on and how to double treble (UK).
I'm still new to crochet but I think this pattern could have been better written for a paid pattern. Mine used nearly four times the amount of yarn and was already the finished size when I still had several double treble rows remaining so I finished earlier than the pattern states. However, I love it. It's very autumnal, I think.
There hasn't been a whole lot of reading but I have just started The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters which looks interesting. I'm always fascinated by letters, I wish there were more letter writing in my life and less emails and texts.
It turns out that my bout of startitis at the beginning of the year was not such a bad thing after all. I do love completing projects - it's such a satisfying feeling. And now, amazingly, I'm ready to cast on something new. I don't know exactly what it will be, yet, but I know for sure that whatever it is, it wont have any sleeves!
What are you crafting and/or reading at the moment?