I started my green cardigan before Thanksgiving. Enough before Thanksgiving that by then I had gotten nervous about my supply of yarn (Takhi Savoy, a squishy merino/silk blend that feels lovely on the fingers but gets pill-y and then the pills felt on themselves) and purchased a contrasting color for bands at the end of the sleeves and to replace the lace on the fronts.
I finished the knitting about a week and a half ago on that day when I got so much done.
Then I soaked the pieces to block them before sewing them together. And I learned an important lesson:
Yes, blocking your swatch is important.
I did knit a swatch. And I figured out my gauge and everything. But I didn’t account for the fabric going *POOF!* and growing before my eyes when it got wet.
My arms are not, in fact, thirty inches long.
My dear, sweet sweater that I loved so much and spent so much time on is now frogged. So long sweater, it was nice while it lasted.
(I’ve started the next project I intended to work on, and will let the pretty green yarn sit for a while. I’m not sure if I’ll make the same sweater again or use the yarn for a different project. We’ll see.)