This is a close up of a Philosopher's Fair Isle which I began knitting in late "2002", and to date,here it sits! It's being knit on circular needles and is about 8" from the top neckline. I stopped here at least a year ago and the number one reason I did so was pure "fear". Yes, I know that's not an emotion one usually associates with knitting but there it is nonetheless.
My fear comes from the fact that this will be the first time I've ever used steeks in a pattern, also the first time I've ever knit a Fair Isle cardigan, so I'm scared to death to cut the dang thing open down the center and I'm not at all sure how to go about picking up for the neckline or the buttonbands. The latter however, will probably work out fine when and if I get to them, but the former is no small potatoes, let me tell you. My common sense tells me that once I actually DO the deed, it will all work out just fine, but then my fear kicks in and says, "hey, you worked on this baby for years and what happens if you ruin it".....at which point, I place it back into my knitting basket, sleeves and all (oh yes, they're finished as well), and pick up something else.
This is major procrastination on my part, I know, but knowing that doesn't seem to calm my fears. Anyway, if anyone wants to comment who has some words of encouragment, please do so. I will certainly appreciate it. :)
just finished this hat for my nephew who is still wearing the one I made for my brother (his Dad), although he has requested that his be knit in a dark charcoal color because let's face it, at 16 you must be cool and you gotta' have a hat. He's my godson and a great kid so I dove right into this project without so much as a hesitation. I used Jo Sharp DK Tweed and I'm happy with the way it knit up.
I'm also working on the pair of socks with 4 sheep across the leg for MOI, but there are at least 2 other projects that I'm determined to finish which I began some time ago. Is it just me, or are there too many things we all want to knit and only 2 hands to do it with.:)
Until next time, be happy.