Thursday, December 22, 2011

Slipped deadlines

There are 9 days left until 2012. It appears that I will not be finishing Andrew's sweater before the ball drops. I can't even begin to tell you how disappointed I am that I won't be meeting this goal.

Andrew understands; I can't knit with swollen hands, with my feet up and my torso reclined, *or* through the hormone-related joint pain. Still, his sweater sits on a TV tray next to the couch, with its half-knit sleeves mocking me with how close I got.

If I was a less confident person, I would worry that Andrew took the not-finishing-his-sweater as a sign that I don't love him. Since I'm not, I'm taking a sweater-half-done approach; I'll have to keep him around long enough to finish the sweater, which of course, is a sign that I love him even MORE, right? (I'm glad we're on the same page.)

With any luck, the swelling and joint pain in my hands will subside, and I'll be able to finish it up before SharkBean makes her debut. If not, then Andrew will just have to wait until I get around to finishing it. Let's face it, if a handspun, handknit sweater isn't worth waiting a little longer for, then I don't know what is.


  1. Jasmin, seems like you're working on the most important "project" Andrew will ever receive ;) The sweater will get done, right now it's all about you and SharkBean so kick up your feet and relax. xoxo

  2. Take it easy, Jasmin! I'm sorry you didn't finish the sweater, but like Rosie said, you're working on the most important "project" right now. Rest up & you'll finish his sweater when you can! :D Merry Christmas!

  3. As my husband put it, both kids are the "gift that keeps giving"

    Hang in there love, growing a baby is good work!

  4. Sorry that you are feeling rotten and hope you will feel better soon. I am sure that Andrew understands, he knows how much work you have already put in and it will be even more special when it gets done. Look after yourself and bump. C x

  5. I remember the last bit of pregnancy. Resting is really the best strategy. Andrew knows you love him enough to make him a shark bean.

  6. I am sorry that you are having joint pain. I hope that is not in my pregnant person future. The last two sweaters I've promised my husband are still on the needles - late. He knows I still love him and will wear them faithfully when they are finally finished. Best of luck!

  7. Every stitch is being done with love no matter how long it takes and after all..its good practice for being a parent...putting aside your best laid plans in favor of having to go with the flow and the lovely "surprises" children bring to our lives.

    Feel Better!

  8. Get plenty of rest. I know that might be easier said than done at this stage of the pregnancy. Now give Andrew a hug, tell him you love him and have him move that sweater. You don't need to be mock by a sleeve. Trust me its for the best for you and Shark Bean. If you must knit how about socks for Andrew?
    Hope the swelling goes done soon.

  9. Making a person takes precedence over making a sweater! Do your best at the one which has a real life deadline, and don't worry about the self-imposed deadline. You'll have plenty of time to finish it later....

    Barbara M. in NH
    (whose main Christmas project got lost in helping the grandchildren make cookies and presents for people they love..... and is NOT ONE BIT SORRY!)

  10. Jasmin, the only person disappointed about the sweater is you. Don't be too hard on yourself. Late pregnancy isn't fun.

    Love the new hair, by the way.

    - Pam

  11. As long you are determined to finish it. You will be able to finish it no matter what happens. Just go for it and never quit on your goal.


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