Do any of you have any projects that have been on the needles or hook for a long time?
Some projects just feel as though they have been in progress forever I have a jumper, for example, that has only been knitted off and on for a fortnight but it is in garter stitch so seems to have stretched time and space. But I mean, actually in progress forever. Again I am guilty. I have a traditional gansey that bought the yarn for at Wonderwool in 2017. It's a lovely project in Frangipane 5-ply guernsey yarn bought from Propagansey at said show. Originally ganseys were knitted as working jumpers most commonly for the fishermen of the late 19th century fishing fleets and have a fascinating history, My pattern is from a much loved old knitting book on traditional knitting and will be amazing when it is finished. It is knitted in traditional gansey style in one piece in the round up to the armholes. Gussets are added under the arms and it is then split to do the front and back yoke. Sleeves are picked up and knitted from the top down. All of this on 2.75mm needles.
The jumper has taken this long because pretty much every row is different to the previous one so I have to have paper and book in front of me all the time. I have just finished the front yoke which was 178 rows with each row different! It is definitely a labour of love and quite hard on the hands as the yarn is tightly spun and knitted on smaller than usual needles so that the jumper acts as a windbreak should I ever go out on a fishing boat (which isn't likely as I haven't been on a dinghy since a school trip when I was 14). I've done bits and pieces of this gansey and then put it away to do other projects but over lockdown I've picked it up again and plan to try and finish the back yoke before having another rest and doing the sleeves. I think it's beaten my previous longest work in progress which was a shetland cobweb shawl which took two years off and on.
Let us know what projects you have that have waited a long time to be finished -- you can post pictures in our facebook group Yarnmanglers -- we'd love to see them.
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