No knit should be a slog. I've said that to several knitters this past week, including myself. If it isn't fun, why are you knitting it? If it's a slog, and not working out satisfactorily, why are you knitting it? We could all use more time, especially more knitting time, so why are we so willing give up time to a slog of a knit. To digress just a little... If you need a quick gift, go buy something. It's unlikely the person your giving the gift to doesn't want your "quick" knit anyway. Few people love your knitting the way you do and very few will appreciate it the way you do. Something as cherished as time should be only be given with great discretion. This article in the Twist Collective says it better than I can. OK, I got a little off track. Let's go back to the "No knit should be a slog" bit.
Just as Plan B (Ravelry link) was moving away from the hard to see increases and into the easy knitting of the body and sleeves, I made a tactical error. All that intuition and experience failed me and I hit a big bump in the road, a bump which nearly derailed the whole project. All the adjustments to start the sleeves were made when I suddenly had the
brilliant idea to knit the sleeves in the round. How cool would it be not seam them, to just knit round and round with the Kidsilk and be finished! Whee...it sounded great!
HOWEVER, after purchasing the size 8 bamboo needles, and starting to knit the first sleeve I quickly saw the error of this decision. The yarn just isn't quite right for sticky bamboo and trying to handle four needles, the fuzzy yarn, a cable and the decreases (which doesn't sound too bad as I type) turned into a nightmare. The sleeve became a BIG OLD SLOG. I told someone that I officially hated this sweater and didn't know if I could go on. But, go on I must and when I sat down to slog on I knew, I just KNEW a change had to be made.
Immediately I took out the needles and started rewinding the yarn row by row. It felt good, cathartic in fact, and before long I had the offending 4" rewound and the stitches back on the lovely Addi lace needle. The first row of back and forth sleeve knitting and there was no doubt it was the right thing to do. That evening the sleeve was nearly finished and there was no hesitation in starting the second sleeve. All is well in NaKniSweMoland. Let's hope this sweater photographs better when finished than it does now.
On a happier note, the Forest Canopy Cowl in yummy Manos Silk Blend, color Java, is finished and I love it's softness against my neck. The pattern is very quick and fun to do. If you love someone very much, and you would like to give them something you've knit, this would make a wonderful gift. But, make one for yourself, too.