I hear the bells
The goal of NaSweKniMo was to complete a 30 000 stitch sweater in under a month. While I didn’t finish the Husband sweater by the 30th of November at midnight, I came pretty close. I still haven’t finished it, but I have knit more than 30000 stitches. I didn’t work out the exact math, but I’m up over 37000.
The progress you see here has since moved backwards a little. That intarsia cross in the center wasn’t working for me; the scale was too small and due to a miscalculation, it was about 2 inches too high. I was also using a funky method for the colourwork that I wasn’t particularly keen on. I would knit across the first row (stranding the green behind), drop the charcoal yarn and then continue with the green all the way around. When I got back to the charcoal, I slipped all the stitches across, turned the work and purled back, slipped them all across again and then joined a new strand of green. I knit the entire cross this way, weaving in the ends as I went to tighten up the edges where the stitches weren’t joined every other row. It was working OK, but I wasn’t thrilled about it. When I got to the point where I would start the saddle shoulders, I realized that I had 2 more rows of the cross to complete, with no rows left to knit on the body. There was only one thing left to do. Frog.
I ripped all the way back to two rows above the arm join. I checked with the Husband about duplicate stitching the cross in afterwards and after getting a nod of approval, I began re-knitting without the intarsia. The frogging was painful, but only because I hadn’t listened to that niggly "this isn’t working" voice in the first place. Why didn’t I heed my own warning bells?