About two years ago, I fell in love with Hannah Fettig’s Elemental Boatneck from the Summer 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. And then I found a great deal on the yarn used in the pattern, Elsebeth Lavold’s Hempathy, in a beautiful Royal Blue that is apparently now discontinued so let’s hope I don’t screw this up, eh?
I swatched (yes, really) for it the moment the yarn arrived, but true to my knitting nature, using the yarn called for on the needles called for yielded too big a gauge. People who consistently knit to a tight gauge, I do not understand how you do it. Even when I try to knit at a tighter gauge, it’s too big. Oh well. So then, I had to order a smaller diameter circular needle that was long enough for a sweater, and in the meantime, I got a new job and moved across the country.
Last week, I complained about feeling like I was only knitting socks. So when the first of this month’s socks flew off the needles, I decided to do the “mature” thing and pick up a project that has essentially been hibernating for almost two years.
I think it’s fairly telling about my current state of mind that I grabbed the rubber chicken and zombie stitch markers for this project.