Since the beginning of the year, my knitting has been without exception gift oriented and on a deadline. January tends to be the month when knitters embark on utterly selfish (and I mean this in a positive sense) projects, in a swingback from all the Xmas gift knitting they had done in the last months of the previous year. I, on the other hand, only knitted one Xmas gift this year, but there was a backlog of gift knitting waiting for me in January. With several visits to friends’ new babies and similar activities planned, week upon week I was rushing to start, knit, finish, wash and dry projects in time to pack them up and take with me. I didn’t complain. None of those gifts were requested of me. I wanted to make them, offered to, even insisted. But man oh man, am I DONE. No gift knitting for a while. The world can wait. This knitter is DONE. For the next few weeks, everybody can just sit back and quietly watch me work on something for MYSELF. And I don’t even want to hear a peep.
The swatch is done, I love the fabric I got, and I am spot on with gauge, both before and after blocking. Yup, I did this right. I even knitted the swatch in the round. I’ve studied the notes of pretty much every single Raveler who ever even contemplated knitting this pattern, I’ve measured and remeasured myself and made deliberate decisions on sizing. I’m ready to be as selfish as possible.