A third and equally realistic outcome is that the project might not happen at all. I'm so used to getting an idea and executing it in a matter of hours or days that I struggle with the concept that it is not the mark of failure if a piece doesn't even get knit at all.
This point begs the question, why give myself a large knitting project deadline in the first place?! I have no answers but I do cross the border to the land of Denial weekly. Maybe it's the adrenaline rush?? Sigh.
5 or 6 years ago, back in the heat of the acquisition phase of my knitting career, I bought 3 and a half skeins of Peace Fleece off my friend Jill. I think I may have thought I was doing her a favour and boosting the weight of my stash at the same time. Over the course of those 5 years I looked at it, swatched it, thought about it, caked it but never found a project that made me want to knit it up.
Until 3 years ago when the kid that would be Fenner was baking I picked up this pattern to knit for another knocked up Mom at the time. That is a long time that I've been looking at this pattern and thinking about the wool.
I made the hat for one of the neighbourhood kids with great struggle. I don't speak the designer's language at all. I finally put the pattern down and picked up The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and the game was finally afoot!
I had the same challenges with this sweater as I did with Jason's vest - mostly my gauge swatch lying like a teenage girl angling for a curfew extension. Ruthlessly and with perfect composure. Gauge is such an Asshole.
But Gauge is no match for the tenacious, stubborn and ruthless knitter I've evolved into. I WILL NOT GIVE UP! Working through the knitterly mocking I ripped and reknit this beast until finally, this project matched my imagined picture of it. Perfectly.
It's the perfect sweater and hat set for cool Spring nights. It fits under Fenner's rain slick just in time for a 2 week vacation on Vancouver Island.