dear reader

October 12, 2010

i love you.
i adore and respect you.
you complete me.

so of course i turned to you in my time of crisis.
almost every one of you told me to steek the sweater
since it was clearly the fastest solution to meeting the deadline.
it was sound advice.
expert even.

i listened to every word.

and promptly ignored it since it was clearly the wrong advice.

i am a perfectionist knitter and a spiritual one.
i didn’t go into this project with the intention to steek
so i just couldn’t do it.

it would be wrong.

(i am especially ashamed of you jen,
for suggesting i cut corners.
you of all people!)

so i ripped (and my friend anna documented)

it was painful.

and shocking.

but i’m happy with my choice.

when i ripped,
i told myself that,
if i didn’t finish for rhinebeck,
i’d still be happy finishing the sweater properly.

this was clearly a delusional lie since i will only be happy if i get to wear my intended rhinebeck sweater to my first rhinebeck.
here’s about three and half days of knitting:

that’s about fourteen inches of sweater.
only a couple more and i join the sleeves,
and start the yoke.

what do you think,
can i still make it?

17 Responses to “dear reader”

  1. Kelli Says:

    You are tenatious and perservering! You can do it! Plus, there are several hours on the drive as well!

  2. Sally at Rivendale Farms Says:

    Dang, I believe you’re going to pull it off!!(Sleeves are done?) Go Steven, Go Steven, Go Steven!! Cheering you on from Colorado!

  3. craftivore Says:

    I spot Yvonne! You’re a square on my bingo card but I bet that I’ll be able to spot you even if you aren’t wearing your Rhinebeck sweater. I secretly want to see the hot pants.

  4. 2muchfun on Ravelry Says:

    If anyone can do it, you can.

  5. DavidA Says:

    I believe you can do it!

  6. Jen and Mark Says:

    Oh, I am so proud of you. And sorry that I disappointed you. :)

  7. anne Says:

    just keep on saying “I think I can. I think I can, I think I can…”

  8. Juliet in Grand Rapids Says:

    I believe in miracles! Plus you are driven and determined. Of course I know this to be true, because I saw you make socks for our Harlot. Got them done in plenty of time.

    I didn’t post to steek because I thought you’d be happier taking it to the frog pond (isn’t it nice to have someone do the duty deed?) and bring it back to the life it was meant to be (I call pulling it out “free knitting”, i.e., knitting you get to do and not have to pay money for).

    Have lots of fun for Rhinebeck. Have fun for those who can’t go.

  9. Kimberly Says:

    holy cow…you can do it Steven!!!

  10. Charissa Says:

    If anyone can, you can. I only hope I can get my crap together enough today and drop in to see how much farther you are by this afternoon! :)

  11. Sarah Says:

    I’m putting my money on you finishing. You can do it!

  12. happykatt Says:

    of course you can!!! Go Steven Go!

  13. mkonieczki Says:

    Oh, Steven! You’re insane! But, this really isn’t a surprise. As far as finishing… you’re savage where deadlines are concerned, and I have faith that you will turn it out! Maybe, get some adderall, to help your chances.

  14. Jenn Says:

    I still think you can pull it off!

  15. theJilly Says:

    You can SO do it. Looking great, and I have to say that I totally get it. My brain knew the best advice was to steek, and that’s what I suggested, but my heart thought: I’d really want to just knit it again (at warp speed) if it was me… Glad you’re going this route. Can’t wait to see the final product.

    Oh, and I’m sending you good knitterly vibes. Best of luck!

  16. Julia Says:

    My fingers are crossed for you! I think you can totally finish in time but don’t go my me since I’m usually knitting in the car on Christmas day on the way to the in-laws saying, next year will be different. Your FIRST Rhinebeck!?! I am so excited for you! I had to miss last year but am going this year no matter what. This will be my second and honestly, I am bursting with anticipation.

  17. clairelynow Says:

    Gosh! Good job – and if the going gets tough, just remember the time in which you knit the giant sweater. You can definitely knit the smaller one faster!


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