Started work on my Thesis Sweater I

I have decided to knit a sweater.  Most weeks, I have about 10 hours worth of seminars/class/meetings, and during those times I knit to help me pay attention.  And so, just before our department retreat a few weekends ago, I went on a wild goose chase for a pattern and yarn.

I am knitting Knitty’s Girl Friday.  Never one to go by half-measures, it is my first sweater, my first project that requires more than one skein of yarn, my first lace work, and my first time following a pattern.

It was also the first time I swatched:


I made guage!


It’s been going quite well, really, and the lace pattern isn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be.

I’ve just started the shaping for the arm holes, so that’s slowing me down since I can’t work on it in seminars, etc., since I really need to pay attention to it.  I’m much further along than this picture shows, but I’ll post another update once the whole back is done.



The result of a two-day Genetics Retreat


The pattern looks really poufy, but it flattens out after blocking.  It is going along much faster than I first anticipated.  I am calling it my thesis sweater — I will finish it by my thesis defense.  I figure that gives me plenty of time to knit, frog, get bored, start knitting again, repeat.

I’m playing with the idea of knitting the two sleeves at once — either using the knitting two socks at once method or by simply having them side by side on the needles.  We’ll see.

And for anyone who was worried about my fiber helper, Patty has already had a few good naps on the yarn and on the sweater itself.  I think I may have mostly broken her of playing with the yarn and needles while I’m working with them — usually I give her the swatch to play with and she just curls up to sleep.



Patty's seal of approval



One Comment to “Started work on my Thesis Sweater I”

  1. I love Patty’s seal of approval! This color is going to look smashing on you and I think it will be done long before your thesis…in fact, I predict it will even be done before mine! 🙂

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