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I’m nearing completion on 2 sweaters with 1 runner-up.

I have hibernated this sweater for 4 years! The “wear white” season is so short that the slightest delay meant another year. That’s my rationale and I’m sticking to it.

Year 1: The treads on the interchangeable needle I was using were worn and I had to wait for a replacement needle.
Year 2: I had put the replacement needle in too safe a place and couldn’t find it.
Year 3: I wasn’t motivated to do a serious search for said needle.
Year 4: While taking eminent domain over my dining room as a knitting studio I found the replacement needle and married it to the hibernating project. I ran a life line in my knitting before starting. Why? You may ask. Because my gauge could’ve changed in the past 4 years and I wanted to play it safe. As it turns out, I was knitting ever so slightly looser. Not enough to change needles and reknit what I had already accomplished.

Picked out my buttons today and hope to get a couple of wearings out of it before the Fashion Police are out scouting for rebellious people wearing white after Labor Day.
I’m at that point in the sleeve decreases when it seems like I’m knitting forever and the sleeve measures the same every time. By calculation, I have 3 more decrease until I can knit the cuff. When that’s done, I’ll finish up with the neck ribbing and weave a few ends, and if it weren’t 90 degrees out, I’d be wearing it.

This is for the “Design Your Own Top Down Sweater Class” that begins in mid-September. I’m already plotting for another design and a different neckline and maybe set in sleeves instead of raglan.
The Gypsy shell is a really great mindless knit. Once you finish the yoke and join in the round, it is knit, knit, knit. Perfect for knitting while in the company of others. I’m about a third of the way through. If I have extra yarn at the end, I’m going to add on after-thought sleeves. I have more yardage than the pattern requires as this yarn had a different intended project. The yarn is Berroco Bonsai.

Thinking ahead, I want to a lace project next and another top down. What will come after the Gypsy?

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