I finished the collar for my Olympic cardigan last night and started the first sleeve this morning. I am so impressed with how this project is progressing.
When I started knitting about two years ago, my mother in law asked me if I was planning on knitting a sweater for myself. At the time, the only projects that graced my needles were sized for itty bitty babies (and most were from this wonderful book for beginners) and I replied that I did not think I would ever have the patience to knit an adult garment. I guess I figured an adult sweater would take months to knit and would not be very rewarding along the way. Boy was I wrong! It's been 10 days and I'm nearly done. I can see the finish line approaching.
Bonus, right after I took the progress picture above, I lay one of my fitted t-shirts on top of it to check for size (I hadn't actually done this at all yet) and it was p-e-r-f-e-c-t!
The sleeve is moving quickly and even more quickly since the mailman's visit this morning. He brought me 4 balls of the wonderful (and discounted) Noro Silver Thaw from Jannette's Rare Yarns way over in the UK. I was worried about duty on this one. We have free trade with the US and I occasionally still end up having to pay duty on yarn (how does that work anyway...isn't free trade supposed to be free?) so I was kind of worried about the tax implications for importing yarn from across the pond. I was really pleased when I got the package because there was actually no duty imposed at all. The clever (and wonderful) folks at the yarn shop didn't include an invoice in the package, declared the value at $10 (for 4 balls of Noro?) and identified it as a gift! How thoughtful. That's it, Jannette's is now my number uno supplier of brand name yarn! I am sooo stoked.
Well now that I have these gorgeous balls of divine yarn staring back at me, I am extra motivated to finish my Olympic cardigan so that I can do more than just fondle my latest stashquisition. I'm thinking of using it to knit this or this (if I can figure out the pattern).
And now a little something for daddy who is probably going to take a peek today. This is what Julian did last night while mommy was knitting away and watching the men's hockey game (again!) Thankfully, Torino weather is better today and there are other events to watch. The round-robin is barely over and I am already so hockeyed out that I didn't even watch the women's gold-medal match today. They won anyway...wooohoo!