That’s how I’m feeling right now. Just plain ach.
I’ve been working on my Knit & Crochet Blog Week Extra Credit challenge, and let me tell you: this sweater is not a joy to knit.
It starts off with 9.5 inches of stockinette (worked over 202 stitches :\) which, on one hand is super easy, but on the other hand is beyond boring. Monday night I measured what I had done and was so excited to find that I’d finally made it! Yay! I was going to move on to the next part of the pattern.
What I hadn’t anticipated was that the next part of the pattern was going to be worse, but on the other end of the spectrum.
The yoke of the sweater is knit in a beehive pattern made up of cables that never actually cross, but that need to be worked – without interruption – every fourth row. Right now I’m avoiding it while I decide if I want to work on the two fronts and the back at the same time (using three balls of yarn), or if it would be better to do the cables in shorter bursts by working on just one section at a time (this generally leads to much stress due to my inability to keep track of which row I’m on when I start to do decreases/increases/etc).
I wrote this on Wednesday, and stopped because I was too tired to put in any captions or links. On Thursday, I worked another row of the cables and found that knowing how many are in the row (56 – I had to add a bunch of stitches before starting the cables) helps a lot. 56 is so much less daunting. Even better is if I just keep track of how many little divets (spaces between the cables when they move away from each other) are in each row – only 28! I can make 28 little dents, no problem! This makes me feel much more optimistic about eventually finishing this sweater.
Oh, and I’m going to work on all three sections at the same time, so that when I’m done with the cables, I’m truly done!