When you knit things, they get knitted

This week, just as I was starting to feel the glumness of having the same set of knitting projects keeping me company for the last 6 weeks, I turned a corner and now there might still be hope again. This might not look like much, but that right there is proof that I have reached the armhole decreases on the back of Ossel, which is pretty amazing to me right now. This means I am in actual striking distance of starting the front piece, which in addition to being the last piece is also a piece with cabling on it and therefore more interest-holding than plain moss stitch. It’s almost as though I planned it that way – oh wait I did. Thank goodness, too.


Also next weekend, which is a long weekend both here in Ontario and in the U.S., one of my DC knitter pals is coming to visit and hang out. Normally I do this visit in the other direction and go there, but forces of budgeting are keeping me closer to home for the next little while. And since I would normally treat holiday weekends with the excuse of finishing a project to wear or starting a new project to knit, part of me is starting to wonder if I could actually get the entire front piece knitted in the next week.

I am pretty sure that would be theoretically possible but not practically so – but in any event it is giving me a bit more momentum to keep going and get ‘er done. New projects are exciting to contemplate.

Happy knitting this weekend, knitter friends!



Pattern: Ossel, by Allison Green for Twist Collective
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, #8401 Silver Grey











  1. Press on! It really is a pretty stunning piece!

  2. Donna Southern · ·

    I know how it feels to anticipate completing a project! My maximum number of knitting projesct to have “on the go” at any time is 3. But…I got greedy for yarn and needles and new stuff and started a fourth. This was a BIG mistake! It seemed that nothing would ever get completed

    I had to steel myself and promised not to begin anything new until I had completed two of the four patterns that were on the needles. It was not a happy week as I felt I was slogging through something I’m supposed to love. But it needed to happen.

    Fortunately I was able to get two projects done, and then I permitted myself to start a third (new) project. My joy returned.

    I’ll have to remember that the rule of “three” works best for me.

    Have fun finishing Ossel. It looks beauteous!

  3. Starting the projects is so much fun.
    Thanks for this post.
    (I like how you include the yarn and pattern notes)

  4. knittedblissjc · ·

    You are doing great, it’s the home stretch for the back piece! And you won’t have nearly as much moss stitch on the front piece. That dress is going to be beautiful on you, I know it. It’s worth the effort! You are inspiring me to consider knitting a dress. Not commit to actually knitting it just yet, but to consider. 😉

  5. I love that shade of grey. Quite happy and bright.

  6. ritatheknitter · ·

    I am at the same juncture as you.Hope to finish 2 easy projects this week. I am visiting NY C and visited Knitty City. Had a great time.

  7. Bekki Hill · ·

    Oh the pull of new projects! I’m working my way through a heap of creative projects that have been dragging, so sympathise with your glumness. But agree with the other comments, the dress is going to be gorgeous!

  8. Let me tell you about my time-out box – when I get to the “can’t stand it any more” stage, it goes into the time out box where it might languish for a couple of months, then I will finish something else, and go into the dreaded box and find something I will actually want to finish. Sometimes a project will migrate to the very bottom of the box, then I might find it with great joy many months later.

  9. Wow, that is a LOT of moss stitch. Glad you have cables to look forward to. I am at the same point on a project. “Hey, maybe I could wear that at Madrona!” Um, maybe, but probably not. But I’m willing to crank out more knitting more quickly, just thinking about it! Have a fun long weekend.

  10. I totally understand your conundrum! I too have an unfinished moss stitch project. I have tried to make it more interesting by knitting it in the round (same reason – to have the cabling to look forward to!) but I keep losing count even eith the row counter, and so lost heart. There is a vest which just needs the arm and neck holes finishing but the dark wool is tricky to graft together, and then I have had huge issues with carpal tunnel/RSI. So. Best wishes for the end in sight on your project! I hope to join you in finishing a few things. You are inspiring me. 🙂

  11. Definitely understand that sort of ennui in the mid/late stages of a big project(s)! Keep going if you can stand it, but there’s also no shame in taking a break for a “one-weekend” type project!

  12. Barbara Fisher · ·

    I have a 3 rule and love it and right now I’m try to start a project that I’m having trouble with. I’ve offered to make “Cedar Leaf Shawlette” and it has wraps and turns in it which I’ve done before but these directions are throwing me for a loop. I was wondering if you could help me out?

  13. My brain works over time to look at all the new projects and wanting to learn new stitches and see what I can design

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