I am haunted by a sweater curse. Not that I should be thinking of sweaters today of all days with the hot and humid weather you can wear back again. Still, this twitchy feeling that I want something more than my shawls this winter won’t quite leave me.
I love knitting socks. The number one go to project for me. Nothing soothes my nerves better than working on a pair. I love that they are a neat and compact project. I can take them anywhere and they behave. I don’t have to wrestle them like I do larger projects (sweaters). I can quickly remove them from my lap when Yarn Rascal jumps on me, easily saving both yarn and project. I wear the heck out of them so I can always use another pair. Still, I have this twitchy feeling and it’s the curse that keeps me from digging in and casting on.
The curse has been with me my whole knitting life. Once I begin a sweater for myself it is a doomed project. Between the time it takes me to cast on the first stitch and bind off the very last stitch something will have occurred that causes my weight to change dramatically, making the sweater that fits into the sweater that doesn’t fit. And it will never fit. By some weird quirk in the cosmos, I will never actually be that size again. I will be slightly larger or slightly smaller, but never that size.
The last sweater I started knitting for myself is finished up to the sleeves. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer and all that came with and after the diagnosis, suffice it to say the sweater will not fit. But I have decided I will complete the sleeves and sew them in, providing I have enough yarn. Unfortunately, the yarn I am using was never meant for the sweater, it was for a man’s vest, a sleeveless garment. While the vest maybe sleeveless, it has lots of cables and cables are yarn eaters. On the other hand, the sweater doesn’t have cables, except for a large one that forms the button bands and neck band, the rest is done in stockinette stitch.
So with the unfinished sweater sitting there staring at me like a reprimand, I’ve come up with something that might just work. The sweater will never fit, complete the sleeves since it doesn’t matter if they are a little short, it’s just a kicking around the house sweater and satisfy the twitchy feeling while not invoking the sweater curse since the cosmos knows this sweater is not going to fit anyway. What are the chances this will work?