Patience is my middle name (no it isn’t)

I am THIS close to finishing this sweater. It has taken me about 5 times recasting in the beginning because I couldn’t get the stitch count right, knitting it tent-sized and fully frogging a fair amount, taking my time swatching, finishing the body and then reknitting the bottom hem because it wasn’t to my liking, and now..

..I’ve run out of yarn. Only about 3/4 of a sleeve left to go. I was so sure I’d have this thing done by now. I already saw the yarn shortage coming last weekend so I swiftly ordered some extra yarn. And now a week later it still hasn’t arrived. Visions of lost parcels in the mail and then this specific colourway going out of stock are haunting me.

I’m too afraid to start anything new, afraid to loose my interest in this never ending project now that I can see the finish line. I did knit a few hexipuffs while waiting, which is good for my hexipuff goal (I completely forgot what my specific goal was but I’m sure it involved knitting hexipuffs).


The wait has also given me the chance to finish reading a book! I didn’t like it very much but still, I finished a book! Maybe my reading mojo will finally come back. The book I finished was called ‘Sneeuwwitje moet sterven’ (original title: Schneewittchen muss sterben) by German crime author Nele Neuhaus. I didn’t find the characters particularly believable, nor the story very interesting, and if there’s one thing that annoys me to bits it’s murder mysteries that take too long to solve because the detectives seem sort of stupid. Anyway, no harm done. I started reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and so far it seems right up my alley.

I’ve also found some time to dive into my garden. I’m not much of a gardener (read: I’m not a gardener at all), and if I’d have to describe my gardening style I’d call it ‘hack and slash’. Still, the garden seems in a reasonable state, which is good as I’m hosting a Eurovision party next weekend (oh the gloriousness that is Eurovision!!!! Are you as excited as I am?!). And I also found a little garden friend, isn’t he the cutest?


22 thoughts on “Patience is my middle name (no it isn’t)

  1. I am soooo sorry you lost your game of yarn-chicken. (I’m in the midst of playing a round myself; it’s going to be close but I’m not at the ‘order more’ end-game). Love your new garden friend!

  2. Waiting for yarn to arrive when you want/need it now is the worst. But I still love the colors you chose, so I hope you can finish your sweater soon! And your groggy friend is adorable. I miss the garden frogs I had when I had space to garden a bit before we moved to Toronto.

    • It is indeed the worst, especially so close to finishing a project. Garden frogs are fantastic! I think all critters and creatures living in my garden are fantastic, mice, many many snails, and sometimes a friendly neighbourhood cat.

  3. you are smart to wait for the yarn, if you cast on for anything else now, you’ll probably never go back! Hexipuffs and other hobbies are totally the way to go, I hope your yarn arrives tomorrow!

  4. How very frustrating to have to stall so shortly before finishing! The sweater does look wonderful, though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the yarn will arrive soon. 🙂

  5. Yikes! I hope that your yarn arrives soon! The sweater is looking gorgeous so far. My garden is pretty much a wreck right now. I’ve got an overgrown strawberry patch to deal with and lots of bunnies who enjoy feasting on everything else. I rather have frogs 🙂

  6. I think you have more patience than I would. Fingers crossed that your yarn comes soon, as that sweater is gorgeous.
    Adore your gardening pal. He looks suspicious. 🙂

  7. I read A Tale for the Time Being and it was splendid 🙂 there is nothing worse that reading a bad book and losing your reading mojo, that happened to me but I’ve just read loads of good ones and feel inspired again 🙂 SUCKS so much about the knitting mojo though I’m sorry I really really hope the yarn arrives soon – jenny xx

  8. I’ve finished a wonderful book: Deep Dark Down the story of the 33 Chilean Miners and how a miraculous rescue effort saved their lives. So good. By Hector Tobar, the pulitzer prize winner. My favorite read of the year so far!

  9. Can I ask you a question about the sperry…I am working on it now and I am finding the pattern not super clear.. (funny this I am doing the same color ways as you!!) do you carry the white throughout the whole sweater? Or do you cut it off and stop and tie back on the white every time? I don’t know why I am so confused with this pattern!

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can shed on this one!!!

    • Oh how nice you’re using the same colours!! I didn’t carry the white along all the red rows, but rather cut the yarn and indeed tie it back. And I think the pattern is so confusing because the text is very chaotic! It took me a long while to finish this and also found myself confused at times. But it is certainly worth it to persevere, because it is a lovely sweater in the end. Good luck! 🙂

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