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Work in Progress: Wool and Honey Sweater

Work in Progress: Wool and Honey Sweater

I’m working on the Wool + Honey sweater and because it will be a loooong time before a Finished post, I’m dropping in for a Work-In-Progress post.

Even though I have found little time at home for needlework, my work life has loosened up this term to allow for knitting. I carry simple knitting projects for times at school when I am supervising, like lunch duty, testing, or student work time.

I used to be self-conscious about this, like I would be caught using work hours inappropriately, but I have reached the point where I feel like I do better at my job with something in my hands. When students are testing, for example, I circulate around. Students look up from time to time and I can make eye contact and smile. I find this is more useful than me working on my computer or doing paperwork. As students work on projects I circulate and am part of conversations. I feel much more present with my students.

Supervising lunch duty is also terribly boring. Many teachers read books or do crosswords but I find that knitting keeps me occupied but also engaged with the students.

Obviously, I only choose knit projects so I don’t have to look or check the pattern. My Wool and Honey sweater is perfect for this as I am in garter stitch purgatory and have ten inches to go.

The pattern is from Andrea Mowry and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal Tweed. It makes a cropped, boxy pullover. I am using this tutorial from Julia on Instagram to knit garter stitch in the round. This way I am still always knitting and don’t have to switch to purl. It is much easier to do without looking.

I have a long way to go, but when I put it on stitch holders to try it on I really like the fit so far. Here’s to hoping it stays that way- This is my first garment for myself.



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