Early March Madness

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know I’m good at setting myself impossible stretch goals. Looking back at last year, March seemed to be the month I really excelled at this.

Last March I set myself the task of starting and finishing a cross stitch in six weeks.

Secret Cross Stitch for Laura and Dean's Wedding

I didn’t quite make the six week deadline, but was close enough that the framers managed to turn it around in time. Getting it finished involved pushing a lot of other things to the side and a fair amount of gnashing of teeth, but overall I’m glad I did it. It felt like a big achievement and, despite the gnashing teeth, was a labour of love.

This year my March madness appears to have come early. In my defence, it’s Lovely Husband’s fault….

Last weekend when I completed my colour block sweater, he said in a rather left out tone…

‘You could make me a jumper.’

I’m still carrying the guilt that I only made the girls Christmas sweaters last year, but I do plan on making him one this year. I’d also secretly started knitting him an Aran sweater, but of course I couldn’t tell him about either or it would spoil the surprises.

Since knitting Aran patterns is slow, men’s jumpers are bigger, and because I can only knit it in secret, I was planning on the Aran Sweater being a Christmas present. However, the twin forces of my guilt and the compliment of hubby wanting me to knit for him, roused my March Madness from hibernation.

The red Queen. Impossible things. Alice in wonderland Lewis Caroll

All through last week I calculated and thought, and thought and calculated. Could I complete the sweater in time for his birthday in mid April? I read last year’s cross stitch post about how much I didn’t enjoy working under pressure and wasn’t the sort of person who excelled when working to a tight deadline. But still by Friday I’d decided to go for it.

I’m really loving working on it – I do love knitting Aran sweaters. Right now the challenge is doing it in secret, as most of my knitting happens in the evenings, when he’s usually home. I’ve got eight weeks from last weekend when I’d got this far.


I have added the caveat that if I find myself rushing or not enjoying it, I’ll stop and go back to it being a Christmas jumper –  but I really do hope I can make it.

Wish me luck!

Bekki Hill

29 thoughts on “Early March Madness

  1. This looks lovely, you seem to be steaming ahead on it. I’m sure you’ll make it, but don’t push yourself if your not having fun… 😀

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  2. I was looking up some ‘making up’ stitches in my battered copy of ‘Stitch and Bitch’ the other day and read the warning about never knitting a jumper for a boyfriend because it usually signals the end of the relationship. I don’t know why – maybe if they don’t make enough complimentary remarks about it or, worse, never wear it, you feel you have to give them the elbow. I know this is true because I did knit a jumper for a boyfriend once and we broke up a month or so later although it had more to do with me two timing him than any knitting non-appreciation issues. However, it also says husbands don’t count because, even if they are not appreciative you are stuck with them. I’m sure Lovely Husband will not fall into this category as he has requested you make him something and he is, after all, ‘Lovely’.

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    1. Ha ha! That’s an interesting observation – although I agree the two timing may have had an influence. I did make him a jumper when he was still my fiancé back in the 80s and that didn’t blow the relationship – it’s a whole other story why I haven’t made him one since. Anyways, lovely husband will be suitably appreciative or they’ll be trouble 🙂


  3. I am sure you will make it, even if just in the nick of time. Or even earlier, one can never tell. 🙂 I love the blue aran, it’s going to be stunning.
    Go for it, keeping my fingers crossed.
    And I absolutely loved your needlework. So delicate. 🙂 Multi talented for sure!


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