Event Horizon

You know, sometimes, when you start a sweater and then blink and discover that almost six months have passed since you started it and you still haven’t finished it yet, you then discover that you are actually pretty close to finishing it after all?

Me too.


I have started to feel a bit of unease with this project, because it’s been on my needles off and on for so many months now, and I’ve gone and changed the size I’m making halfway through, and then there’s the whole cable on the sleeve fix that I still have to go back and do, and (because I decided my 2011 self didn’t need to worry about that, and I’d let my 2012 self handle it instead)… and it actually occurred to me the other day that should I (stash forbid) end up running out of yarn and needing another skein, this will actually end up being a minor challenge since I’m pretty sure I neglected to keep any of the ball bands with dye lot numbers on them when I wound up all the yarn (self, that was not wise)…

But the thing is, and this is the most important thing, is that I am currently one front piece and one hood away from having a finished cardigan, and that is close enough for me to taste the sense of accomplishment. I have been loving working with this colour (it’s a Cascade 220 Heather, in a beautiful turquoise, edged in a dark reddish brown), and it finally hit me that, wait a second, soon I’ll actually be able to WEAR this colour, not just look at it on my needles.


Come on, cardi, you and me – and I know I said this back in October, and then November, and then again in January, but this time I mean it – LET’S DO THIS. February is for finishing! (And hey, if Steph’s Gwendolyn can survive a little re-knitting as well as a little singeing in the oven, mine can survive a bit of neglect. Probably.)

What will you finish in February, dear knitters?



  1. I have JUST finished a project that has been on the needles forever too, and boy is it a weight off my shoulders – that I didn’t know was even there! Today I feel productive and accomplished. You will too πŸ™‚

  2. Cables a go-go. That is a gorgeous colour. February has been for finishing Owls and Owlet, and Cria might get her second sleeve too.

  3. Just. Finished. Casting. Off. A. Sweater…and now it needs major blocking.

  4. I’ve got a sweater out of that same color (not the same sweater, though). I started a Mork and plan to finish in February. That’s the plan and I’m sticking to it.

  5. I am working on a shawl for a Feb CAL that I should have finished this weekend, I hope. I went a purchased a shawl pin for it today. I am also working on a pieced afghan that has been getting neglected. I’m over 1/2 way done, just need to kick it in gear and get it there. Good luck on your sweater, I really like the color!

  6. my favorite part of that sweater is the purple trim. at least it looks purple. is it purple?

  7. It is a brown colour, but with so much red and purple in it that it is sometimes hard to tell!

  8. i LOVE the colour of that sweater. You will be SO relieved when it’s finished. Hopefully you wont be too sick of it by then (which is how i’d feel about it. I am rubbish)

  9. The Modern Home Economist · ·

    This is something I suffer from all the time. Good intentions of finishing a project a lot earlier than I actually manage to finish it. It can get a little overwhelming when a project takes to long, but sticking with it is so rewarding. Your items look amazing. Stick with it, we can’t wait to see the final product!

  10. February is for Finishing!!! I’m actually running a Feb is for finishing contest to try to motivate myself to get some projects off the needles… Love the purple trim, btw!

  11. The sweater looks wonderful! And even if you need new yarn, Cascade seems to be pretty consistent in between dye lots. You probably won’t have a noticeable difference between your yarn and any new skein you pick up.

  12. I’ve got a few cheerleaders who have been nudging me along to finish my Autumnal cardigan and I’m almost there! Perhaps this weekend will be when I cross the finish line. Your cables are gorgeous!

  13. A la Socktopus, I’ve challenged myself to a finished object a month. February may actually get two: an alpaca Clamber and a pair of socks.

  14. Hoping to finish my very first adult-sized sweater, the Pioneer, in Kool-Aid dyed recycled yarn. Very excited to see how it turns out! I’m pretty sure the heavens will open and the angels will sing the first time I try it on.

  15. What needles are you using there (if you don’t mind me asking πŸ™‚

  16. Marg – These are my Signature Needle Arts 4.5mm circulars! I have fallen deeply in love with these Signatures since trying my first pair last summer. I’m starting to collect them one at a time!


  17. I decided a couple of weeks ago to knit up a pullover from the Winter Knitters Magazine in time for Stitches West (owned by the same company). I’ve got two stockinette sleeves to go, so we’ll see if I can get it done by next Thursday. Personally, I can’t wait to see your Gwendolyn completed because I love the pattern and the color you chose. Knit, knit, knit!

  18. GinkgoKnits · ·

    I’ve been wanting to knit that same sweater but haven’t figured out the right yarn to use. My preferred gauge with 220 tends to be tighter than what the pattern specifies. Are you knitting this at gauge or is that part of the size problem you had?

  19. I have a Buffalo Plaid sweater for G. that is *languishing*, in need of only one sleeve cap, the neckband, and some finishing. And I REALLY want to finish that before “winter” ends! He probably won’t get to wear it this year since we just haven’t had the weather for it, but at least it will be waiting for him for next winter. (That’s the thing about the cold weather — it just comes BACK every year, doesn’t it? )

  20. As I mentioned on Rav, I’m still impressed that 6 months is a long time for a sweater for you! It looks glorious. Anyway, to answer your question: I’m going to finally finish the gloves I’m knitting in yummy MCN Indigodragonfly yarn in a related (but brighter) color: You punched the highlights out of her hair!

  21. Gahhh, every time you awesome designers publish new patterns, my mental queue gets re-arranged because whatever I see I want to knit RIGHT NOW! We’ve got a couple of weeks left in February, and I’m hoping to finish a sweater for my daughter, start a sweater for myself, and maybe get some mittens done, either your Frostbite, or the ones from the Urban Collection, or Girdwood from Zigzag Stitch…whatever whimsy strikes me at the moment of casting on, I suppose.

    BTW, I’m printing out the Locke St. cardigan, and my 6yo says, “Wow, she’s really pretty!” when he sees the modeled photo πŸ™‚

  22. That blue and those cables are incredible! Go go go! I’ll probably finish my Georgia Sleeves (priority #1) and then continue my Andrea Shawl! These are my only 2 WIP! Have a great weekend!

  23. Cassidy! It’s been in and out of its project bag so many times I’ve lost count. I’m certainly not telling how long I’ve been working on it. Knitting a collar, a la Ravelry notes from several knitters who have finished! Go go go!

  24. Wow, that blue color is so pretty. My large project is a dress, so I doubt I will finish that but I have a number of stealth projects that might be finished before March…

  25. The sweater I’ve had on needles for almost 2 years is no more. I unraveled it and gave the bag of yarn to my daughter. It’s so convenient to have a child who knits. My weight has changed since I started the sweater; in which direction I won’t say. 😦 The thought of taking new measurements and starting all over was too overwhelming. I’ve recently joined the prayer shawl ministry at my church. I have a half-finished lap blanket which I should complete by February 29. The extra day will help.

  26. I’m bound bent and determined to finish my Portrait cardigan which is taking about FOREVER to knit — the body complete I’m now working on sleeve one (1/2 way there) but there’s another full sleeve, button bands and collar remaining. I’m going it finish it this month, though, if it kills me. And it just might!

  27. I just finished the Aberdeen Ave. Hat. My first cable project ever. Woot! But, alas, I discovered that I had miscrossed the braided cable at the beginning of the hat. I followed the link and used the second method for fixing the cable. I know the repair is there, but no one else has noticed it. Thank you for sharing. The pattern is great. Yeah! all around.

  28. Finishing AIDEZ by berroco. Hopefully by tomorrow!

    Love the gorgeous colour! Will you be offering this as a pattern? I’d totally buy it! I’m on a cable kick lately:)

  29. I have about 80% of a cable sweater vest completed. The back (or front, I can’t remember which) is still on the needles and has been for many months. I keep starting and completing new projects, and the vest seems to haunt me. There’s so little left to do, but for some reason I don’t finish it. You’ve given me some incentive.

  30. I am setting my sights a little lower–my goal for February is to finish a little Ysolda Hedgehog in progress. Great work on the sweater (13 years knitting, and that many cables still looks scary to me). Can’t wait to see the FO pictures!

  31. Wonderful. :}

  32. Wow that cabling is so gorgeous! That color is beautiful. I love teals of all shades. You do beautiful work. Keep at it, I look forward to seeing the finished project!

  33. Love your blog! What needles do you use they are so pretty!

  34. Hi Katie – thanks so much!

    These ones in particular are Signature Needle Arts, 4.5mm circulars with a stiletto tip. They are definitely “pricey” which is why I only have a few pairs of them and alternate between Addi Turbos and Knit Picks nickel-plated Options for most projects. I’m gradually adding more Signature needles to my toolbox, though!


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