The CNN Sweater

I first started knitting back in December 2005. I worked on a small scarf-type thing for awhile and quickly realized I was hooked. In February 2006 I started working on The CNN Project, and so was flying back and forth to Hotlanta a lot. I decided that I'd start a bigger project, something that I could take on the plane with me and would keep me busy for awhile.

New Project

I went to visit the lovely people over at Skein Lane in El Cerrito (this was back when I was living in Berkeley). They helped me find a pattern that work. I got a huge pack of Cascade 220 yarn in a lovely heathered maroon color.

Raglan Sweater

I worked on this sweater a lot, at first. It taught me how to do increases and raglan sleeves. When I started it, I didn't know how to pick up with a new ball of yarn. So I cut my ends short and tied them in a knot. I added three more skeins, with a different join method (all wrong) for each one.

Then we hit the Thanksgiving of 2006 and there was the night of the drunken knitting while at Erik's dad's house in Colorado. I had yarn overs and mysterious increases and decreases all over the place. But I had made significant progress and couldn't bring myself to rip it out. So instead, I put the sweater aside and started working on other projects.

Raglan Sleeve

A few months ago I finally picked this sweater back up. I ripped out all of the drunken knitting, and all of the bad joins, all the way back to the end of the first skein. I've now knitted back (evenly and with good joins) just about everything that I ripped out.

I switched the project to my addiTurbo needles, instead of the Clover bamboo ones. Oh my goodness does that make a difference. The wool just slides right over the metal. Now I pull this project out when I want to knit but don't want to have to pay attention. It's all done in the round, in stockinette. My skills have certainly advanced beyond it. But at some point I will finish it. My first sweater.


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