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Archive for August 29th, 2008

The task he undertakes

Is numbering sands and drinking oceans dry.

William Shakespeare Richard II

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I see all the tasks I need to get done lined up before me. The knitting work alone can seem daunting: the baby sweater, the baby blanket, the pumpkin patch socks for girls, the scarf for my friend. All are ideas running around in my head, some are partially written down patterns, some are on the needles, all need to be completed. (For the sake of feeling less pressure, I’m not going to include the “nasty second sock”  that still needs to be finished but is sitting partially frogged and in a time out for being bad.)

The pilgrimage for baby sweater sleeve knowledge that I went on has thrown off my sense of forward progress on my projects. The line-up that seemed manageable doesn’t feel that way now. Somewhere during my baby sweater sleeve pilgrimage my mind decided that the baby blanket, which is a third complete, must be totally frogged; and I only have a sense of where I want to go with it.

The baby sweater is coming along. I am now in a dither over the shaping for the back of the neck. On one hand, I’d like to have a square neckline front and back. On the other hand, a simple scoop neckline with a decorative panel insert on the front of the sweater seems interesting. The decisions regarding the front of the sweater need to be made before the back of the neck can be shaped. In fact the knitting is almost to the point where the back of the neck shaping occurs. The good news: I decided to go with dropped sleeves, not the indented ones, nor the shaped ones.

I must remember it is one step at a time.

Hope everyone has a happy, safe, holiday weekend

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