Sometimes the knitting is motivation for the other knitting

1. So now that it’s a couple of days into December, I had fully planned on having cast on at least one new sweater by now, because I was going to have the two other sweaters I was working on finished by the end of November.

2. Of course, this means that both of these sweaters are still on the needles. They are both more than half done, and the burgundy-purple-Cascade-cabley one in fact only needs half a sleeve and some finishing before it’s done. It just needs that final push, and it’s going to be awesome when it’s done, but I am dragging my heels on it like it’s an essay I’m not going to write until the night before it’s due.


3. I think this is what my friend Lisa refers to as “observing Novecember,” wherein one finishes one’s November sweaters a little bit behind schedule. I can live with that.

4. It is perhaps not a coincidence that last week, when I should have been motoring along on the final sweater stages, I was instead knitting up a bunch of bulky wool accessories. Because it turns out that a chunky hat that you can knit in half a day is exactly the kind of thrill knitting can buy you, and I am totally on board.


5. There are patterns forthcoming for said bulky things, in case more of you want that same quick thrill. (And a warm head. If you can get both, why not, I say.)

6. I also cast on a new Noro striped scarf with some Silk Garden from the stash (because I figure you get bonus points from knitting with stash, always). I knitted one a few years ago back when everyone else was knitting them, then lost it two winters ago and my winter scarf selection still hasn’t recovered.


7. I’m not sure how this is going to get my finished sweaters done any quicker, but I think it’s going to work out somehow.

8. Even if it doesn’t work out for the sweaters this week, at least I’ll have a new scarf.

Happy knitting this week, knitter friends!


  1. Yep – I understand! I’m knitting my husband a sweater. It’s a simple fisherman’s rib but I haven’t knit a sweater in 3 years and those long rows are going slowly. So I also have two pairs of socks on the go and just finished a Noro scarf!!

  2. I think I figured it out…the burgand-purpley cabley thing is sooooooo gorgeous that deep down inside you really don’t want to finish it, because it’s much harder to see it when you are wearing it.

  3. I am all over that burgundy-purple-Cascade-cabley one when it’s published. OMG, so gorgeous!

  4. I’m about to start my first noro scarf.. I’m excited 😀

  5. Oh Glenna, your blog post makes me smile. I love the looks of that burgundy – Cascadey- cabley wip. I think I have some heathered wine colored Cascade somewhere – a sweater’s worth if I remember correctly! Good luck with that yoga challenge too. I just came from back bend class – now onto finishing a little sweater for my grandson.

  6. Ohhh, I have the same problem! I need to knit three slippers to felt later, but I am procrastinating. I would much rather start on my wrap… And these bulky projects that knit up in an hour! Ohhh, heaven!

  7. All the colors are so scrumptious. I’m not surprised you keep playing with more yarn!

  8. Love the Cascade with cables. I would like to know more info on the yarn and pattern, it’s very impressive.

  9. Genia Potter · ·

    See me sitting here drooling over that green (Spruce? maybe?), ready to pounce on the hat pattern when it appears and then order the yarn, since what I really NEED right now is something to distract me from the 8 Christmas knitted gifts, only one of which is finished. (Right.) But, oh that green! (Not that the burgundy/purpley color is shabby, either, you understand.) And I don’t even usually LIKE bulky yarn!

  10. I, too, am observing Novecember. I cast on a striped shawl mid-month, thinking that when I got to the border I’d just wing it. Halfway through the body I choked, the knitting stalled, and I had to find a shawl pattern with a border design that I liked. In the midst of restarting the shawl a few days ago, I spontaneously promised myself that I’d have a handmade sweater to wear on Christmas Day. Said sweater is currently a pile of yarn and a dream. Wish me luck!

  11. Hot damn, Noro. I am so addicted to the stuff. And I’m right with you on the sweater thing. I have been dragging my feet on this Norweigan Fisherman’s sweater I’m designing for the hubs, but it’s my first go at a sweater, and the shoulder edge of the fitted sleeves are wigging me out. Perhaps it will wait until after Christmas.

    One day perhaps I’ll get a little more ambitious with my designs, though, your purple sweater there is amazing!

  12. You are the queen of twisted stitch cables. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to. So far, I’m off to a quick start on my December knitting output, but it’s early days yet, and there’s lots of time for me to get sidetracked.

  13. caityrosey · ·

    You always get bonus points for knitting from your stash. Cosmic rule.

  14. Angela Hickman · ·

    Somehow, when the weather turns cold, accessories seem more pressing than sweaters. And if they’re quick and/or use up stash yarn, they basically don’t even count as new projects.

  15. Julie Culshaw · ·

    A while ago, you posted a picture of a work in progress, that was purple and lime green, and another colour (can’t remember now) – what was that and how is it coming? I loved the colour combination and would love to see the finished piece.

  16. I love the idea of starting projects, but somehow get a bit bored along the way. Then, before I know it, I am forced to finish a few things. Otherwise I have no space to store everything and have to start buying even more needles. It is a strange hobby to explain to someone who doesn’t do it, like my husband. Your projects are beautiful.

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