Regular readers will remember that at the end of last month, I set myself the challenge of knitting Lovely Husband a sweater in time for his birthday. By my calculations, I needed to complete about 11 rows a day. That might not sound too steep until I add that it’s an Aran sweater and, as it’s going to be a birthday present, I need to knit it in secret. i.e. not evenings, the time I usually knit, when LH is usually around.
Depending on how much attention Mr Hicks demanded and how may other interruptions there were, it was taking me about 2 hours to complete around 12/16 rows. I didn’t have that time to spare everyday, so my one hope was to make significant extra progress while I was away last week.
As I’d already started the back, it seemed silly to take a large chunk of knitting travelling. So I cast on the sleeves the week before and even knitted the rib and a couple of rows in LH’s presence, knowing he was unlikely to ask what I was knitting. If he had, I would have told him I was experimenting – he’s used to that.
By the time I left home last Tuesday, I’d completed four pattern repeats of the back.
After LH left me at the station, I pulled out the sleeves and began knitting in the café as I waited for the train. Two train journeys, a lot of knitting while chatting to friends, and some early morning knitting before I headed out to various places, saw me complete three pattern repeats of both sleeves by Saturday when I was reunited with Lovely Husband.
Bless his cotton socks, he didn’t suspect a thing – assuming the bag full of blue wooliness was something I’d bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show. He even commented, that he was surprised I hadn’t taken any knitting with me and hadn’t I missed it?
Knowing if he thought too hard about this, he’d know I was up to something, I quickly told him I had taken some and changed the subject.
I’m really please how far I’ve got. Recalculating, I now need to knit about 7 rows a day, which feels much more doable, but still a fair amount. Wish me luck!