I got really close. I knitted away diligently all month, working my fingers into red, sore little nubs.
I started with the sleeves to ensure I got the boring part over first.
The back and front each took about a week.
By Thanksgiving, I was blocking the pieces and knew I’d be ready to start sewing the sweater together by Saturday night.
But then, on Thanksgiving night, my cat Atlas decided to snack on my foam blocking boards.
He thinks they’re tasty treats. I guess it’s the texture he likes.
So, what with one thing and another, I spent most of Saturday, not sewing together a sweater, but hanging out with Atlas at the emergency vet. He wound up having to have a piece of foam the size of my pinky finger surgically removed from his small intestine.
Incidentally, there were a lot of dogs at the emergency vet Thanksgiving weekend. I bet “Rover ate the wishbone” is a common thing this time of year.
So anyway, we brought him home Monday morning. The whole experience sapped my knitting mojo. I had no desire or attention span to knit. Instead I spent a lot of time spinning.
Sadly, this is definitely a NaKnitSweMo fail. I knitted more than 80,000 stitches of sweater pieces. But right now I just don’t have the heart to put them together.
Maybe next week.
Oh no poor kitty.
I don’t think it’s a total fail. You knit the entire sweater. You blocked all the pieces. The only thing you didn’t get done was sewing it together and, quite frankly, I think you had quite a good reason for not finishing. You did better than I did. I didn’t even touch my sweater….
Same here! Except I don’t have the excuse of a cat….All the pieces are made and sitting on my window seat, but the sewing didn’t happen.
You’re being too hard on yourself. You knitted a sweater. With a few days to spare. It’s not “national knit and sew and block a sweater month”. So, it’s some assembly required—but since no further knitting is required, I pronounce you successful.
I cannot believe you knit an entire cabled sweater in November! Well, I believe you, but that is awesome. Damned cat.
Poor Atlas! Hope he’s feeling better soon, and your knitting mojo has returned. I think you met your goal to KNIT a sweater in November! Alas (not Atlas), my November (and December) knitting has been sidetracked by a broken wrist. Some people will get their “Christmas” presents for Valentine’s Day!
My two cats both use my blocking mats as a scratching mat. I’m now going home from work and making sure no huge chunks are missing!!!
Yeah, they’re pretty popular as scratch pads. I can understand that. If I had claws, the texture would probably really appeal to me.
Ugh, suck. Hope Kitty is feeling better by now and your will to knit (or finish) is a bit recovered!
As others have said, I think you didn’t fail at all. It got knitted – you just have to sew it up. Well done you! I completely forgot I had joined up for this. I did manage to finish the front of the sweater, but the back was problematic, and I lost my mojo… (how’s that for an excuse!?)
Oh no….Hope all is well with your dog and sweater.
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