Yesterday evening was one of the longest evenings of my life, (I've been having a lot of those lately) This was not due to any outside influence, as these things usually are, but it was one of my own doing, and I personally would love to know what the hell got into me. Oh yeah, it was the desire to finish this sweater, once and for all.
The weaving in of the ends went oddly quickly, which is unusual, because I usually procrastinate a lot on that (I only did it for like a day with this sweater, if that tells you anything about the fever I was in). It took about three hours to sew in the zipper, a freaking 14'' zipper. Yup, I highly doubt that I'll be doing a lot more sweaters with zipper. Though after this I should have a lot easier time of sewing in zippers because I have a little experience. It'll be a lot easier now that I've learned that it's not a good idea to sew the zipper to the inside of the sweater. And that you should use little stitches, so they don't come out an hour later.
Oddly enough, for as many pains as this sweater gave me, the way that I kept giving and giving to it, and the way that it gave me crap back, I really do love it. Sure, the way that the zipper was about three inches to short peeved me (I can live with it, the zipper was free after all). I may have been irrigated by the way I forgot to phony seam the too long sleeves. That one diamond that I forgot to cross might make me bitch, but really, who cares. I can even live with the way that the upper back and one sleeve is a different die lot than the rest. (Again, I would complain, but this was a free yarn as well.) (Ah, the joys of being a young broke, great knitter with generous friends, I haven't bought yarn in forever. Will remedy that tomorrow, need to finish the Christmas presents and my father is a bit picky.)
So, about an hour and half after finishing the sweater I started the next one (it is the holiday season). It's from Summer 2010 Interweave Knits. The Jail Cardigan in a red cotton for my mother for Christmas. I think I can have it done, she is conveniently small. Just a few inches of a sleeve, but last night, which usually is great knitting time, I did a bunch of stuff during the commercials. And you know how it is when you start a sweater, you think you get everything you need, you think of ten things that it would be impossible to knit without.