Stretch goals

I’m not a "big projects" person. Some people can churn out shawls and sweaters in no time; I take about a month for a pair of socks and judge bigger projects in terms of how many sock’s worth of yarn they use. 800g for a sweater represents (in theory) eight months work. But even by those standards, the Eternal Sweater, started in 1994, is woefully late. It’s missing half the front and an arm. That’s it. My goal is to finish that sweater by November 30th THIS YEAR.

I’ll knit while Hubby writes his NaNoWriMo novel, instead of writing one myself. NaNoWriMo is about using a ridiculous deadline to get a 50,000 word novel done in 30 days flat. I’ve had that sweater on the needles since 1994, it’s time to get it done. In November I’ll work only the sweater, not a single stitch on anything else. And I’ll get it finished. It’s not an unrealistic deadline, right? I may need cheerleaders and/or a nagging crew to keep at it.

The UFO pile.

Look at that gorgeous cable pattern! It’ll look so good when it’s done. Got six repeats done on the trailing fuchsia scarf so far. It’s an easy pattern, 20 rows by 8 stitches, three fuchsias across the scarf. The yarn feels sturdy and silky and warm, thickness varies just a little and there’s no colour pooling. It’s made from two strands of two ply, which feels really solid. One Opal Owl sock is finished and I’m getting better at the toe up heel flap construction. Different variations on that seem to be popping up everywhere. There’s going to be a lot of yarn leftover from this pair, 463 yds in a ball. Weather is getting colder and darker, it’ll be wool socks season soon.


  1. I’m here to cheer you on to finish what will clearly be a wonderful sweater. Does the sleeve have cables too? If so, you could set a goal of 1 cable repeat per week on the front and 2 repeats per week on the sleeve. At any rate, keep showing pictures of your progress, so I can continue to cheer.


  2. Hi,

    I was wondering if you do commissioned work – I know you said you don’t want to make anymore of these – but could I convince you to make another Jaybe Cobb hat?

    If so – it would be awesome.

    If not – do you have a pattern for it?

  3. Go Ali!!! You can do it! You have already written a book in 1 month (TWICE)!! For sure you can get the eternal sweater done… much to Hubby’s delight 😉

  4. Hey, just dropping by to say hello…I used your (?) nanowrimo utilities ( ) last year, and I thought it was a pretty awesome bit of code. I was wondering if you would be willing to put it up again this year? If hosting or bandwidth or something is an issue, I could probably host it myself, with all the credit for the code to you, of course. I’d really love to use it again.

    Please let me know if you do, and good luck to you on the sweater!

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