Make a lighter load

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I know that I have a tendency to make things harder for myself. I want to knit/sew all the things and making adorable embroidered curtains for my kitchen and make homemade meals from scratch everyday. I also know that isn’t realistic. I know that by over burdening myself I will get less done. Today a languishing knitting project taught me these lessons all over. I have been knitting on my Farmstead Cardigan for almost a year. It was my last year KnSwMo sweater. I started on November 1 full thinking I would be wearing it at the end of the month. But then came the blasted collar.

 

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See I finished the body and one sleeve in the month of November. Then I finish the other sleeve this summer. What stopped me from going on was the tedious nature of the front collar. It requires DPN and long expanses of quite time. I had gotten two of the lace squares knit in september but it was such a bummer to sit down and knit them that I gave up most days before I even started. 

Enter the PNW Hoilday Brunch. For most blogging events or knitting events.  I try to wear something handmade. This time I challenged myself to wear 90% handmade. The only things I am wearing that isn't handmade are my undergarments, tights and shoes. I have been furiously knitting and sewing and planning for the last month or so. The big final push is this week! 

 

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The Farmstead Cardigan was one of the pieces that I based the outfit around. So that means that collar has to be done. I’ve started and stopped knitting the last 7 pieces 12 times in the last month.

New Lace on the left, Old lace on the right.  

New Lace on the left, Old lace on the right.  

Today I decided that I could just change the lace. Why I didn’t think of that before I’ll never know. I do know that it has made all the difference. I takes me about 40 minutes to knit thru one repeat of the new lace and I only need 5 more. The sweater will be just as beautiful, and I can start wearing ASAP. instead of being a languishing WIP that I feel guilty about not finishing.