The end is in sight!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already 7pm.  Daylight saving time is supposed to make the days longer, but to the contrary, the past couple days just seemed to disappear before my eyes.  By the time I wake up, it feels like the day is close to over.  It is really nice, though, to still have some light peeking through the windows this far into the evening.  Considering the dumping of snow that hit us today, the light helps me remain optimistic that spring is on its way.

Which really makes me eager to get into some spring knitting.  I have a couple ideas floating around, but I know I can’t begin anything new until I finish that bloody Opposite Pole sweater!  I’ve never been able to understand how people can have so many projects on the go at once.  Or be reading more than one book at a time.  It would be nice to keep a few WIPs around so that I can have something appropriate to knit while I’m travelling or visiting friends or sitting in a waiting room – sweaters aren’t always the best choice for portability – but alas! I am unable to divide my time between projects.  I typically won’t start knitting something new until my current item is completed.  And so, with spring around the corner, I’ve been perusing patterns, trying to find something that will be my reward for completing Opposite Pole.

I’ve had my eye on the Arika Cowl by Jane Richmond, which would be a nice quick knit as well as an airy but warm scarf for the chilliness of early spring.  Plus, it would put my handspun Coopworth to good use.  There’s also Curio by Marie Wallin or even Glance by Kim Hargreaves (yes, more sweaters!), for which the Sandnes Garn Silk Mohair in my stash would be simply divine.  Of course, Cory also wants me to make him a version of the West Coast Cardigan since he really likes how mine turned out.  Men’s sweaters are my number one most favourite thing to knit.  That could be why there’s about 20 skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Briar Heather waiting to transform into something large, manly, and probably cabled. Hmmm. I am open to suggestions.

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Hand combed, hand spun un-dyed Coopworth skeins

In the meantime, I am trudging along on Opposite Pole, and it’s nearly complete.  Today I even managed to get about one quarter of the way through the second sleeve.  Obviously I’ve made more progress in the past two weeks than I have all year; except I did put it on pause for a few days while I was out of town.

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Good old fashioned mirror selfie.

I was hoping that my opinion of the thing would change during round two of working on it.  That somehow we could put our history behind us and start over anew.  And my attitude has changed slightly, but ultimately I’m still not truly enjoying this knit.  It certainly is a gorgeous pattern though.  It’s a garment I would love to own too – – but don’t expect me to knit one for myself any time soon!

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