I've just spent about an hour looking through old posts trying to find a picture of the big, way too big, green sweater that I knit for myself, then unraveled and began to knit into a smaller "Spring" sweater last year, I think. I could have sworn that I had pictures of the the yarn rolled up after frogging the sweater. I might actually be losing my mind. I digress.
In any event, she's back, and I'm finally going to finish her. Her first incarnation was as an overly large Vanilla sweater out of the Rowan Summer tweed book. I tend to overestimate how large I am but I went way overboard with that sweater. After I tried washing and drying it was obvious that the only thing to do was un-sew and frog. I HAD to reclaim the yarn because it was yards and yards of Rowan Summer Tweed and, frankly, I didn't know anyone who was actually big enough to fit into it! It was BIG.
After a period of mourning, I decided to re-knit the yarn into a February Lady sweater. I happily cast on and began knitting. I knit the entire body of the sweater and realized that I would not finish it in time for the Spring season, promptly placed it in The Closet and moved on through the seasons until once again I was reminded, briefly, of Spring. Around this time of year I have the urge to look through The Closet and finish up lingering projects, there she was, waiting patiently.
I began the first sleeve and in the process realized that I am not knitting this sweater for me. This sweater has belonged to L since I cast on last year. Sometimes it takes me awhile, but luckily I realized it in time to measure L's arms! There have been many projects that I thought I was knitting for myself and have turned out to be for someone else. Does that happen to anyone else?
I have a renewed sense of purpose now. It seems like I am far more motivated when I am making something for somebody else. The first sleeve is done and I'm well on my way with the second. There may even be enough yarn to knit the February Baby sweater for B too! Did I mention that sweater was big?