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.
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.
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!