Nothing to it but to do it.

Right Front In Progress And here I present to you the right front of Cable and Rib, worked up to (and including) the armhole shaping in a mere two weeks. You may clap now, if for no other reason than (wait for it) I am still on schedule with this crazy “finish the big sweater by the end of the year” plan. I know it’s only been two weeks, but I’m pretty proud of myself.

I made a plan, which basically boiled down to saying “I think I need to knit about 8 rows a day,” and gosh darn it if working on the same project every day didn’t yield some real progress. Even though I know “slow and steady” is an obvious philosophy, I am honestly tickled pink that it’s working.

I started this sweater when I was still a relatively new knitter, and it’s surprising to me that my technique has improved so in the last three years that things I remember being difficult for the back (a cable row worked immediately after casting on, spotting and correcting mistakes) are no longer difficult. I’m no knitting expert, but I think I’ll need to redefine my notion of “challenging” projects. In a few inches, I start the V-neck shaping; I’ll report back when I’ve reached the summit. In the meantime, here are links to a few non-knitting things I’ve been enjoying.

1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver – I had been planning to read this regardless, but a very interesting discussion over at sockbug’s prompted me to move it to the head of the line. My verdict? Even as I see that she writes from a privileged position I have an urge to plow under my backyard for a garden and learn to can. At the very least, my husband is getting a book about cheesemaking for Christmas this year.

2. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Holy cow, this was such a pretty place to spend vacation this summer. Even the National Park Service, not known for effusiveness, called the views “spectacular”. They weren’t kidding. Also, many great local wineries nearby on the Leelanau peninsula. If you like that sort of thing.

3. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, by Stephen Greenblatt – This is the audiobook that’s seeing me through much of this sweater knitting frenzy. Honestly, and to my detriment, I am not so much for the history – but this is a fascinating look at the circumstances and events that might have influenced Shakespeare to become who he was and write what he did. It’s fantastically narrated by Peter J. Fernandez, which is obviously making all the difference for me.

Pardon me while I go knit on with confidence – see you on the left front…

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