Hello all! My name is Jenna, and I am one of the reskeiners here at Anzula.
Hopefully some of you can identify with me. When we first started planning (in June) to knit sweaters in October, I was totally gung ho. We needed the lead time to make sure we could choose appropriate patterns and make sure the yarn we wanted was in stock, dyed, and ready to go! One pattern in particular caught my eye - Angela Hahn’s “Prow Pullover” from the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Knits. I put in a request for some Oasis in Mariana. I was so excited!
I was also (unbeknownst to me) pregnant. I spent several months in a haze of overwhelming exhaustion, which probably was at least partially due to the Fresno heat. By the time I emerged from my mommy-to-be coma and reality set in, I realized that A. I had committed to knitting a sweater that wouldn’t actually fit over my burgeoning belly by the time I finished it. (I would say “if ever”, but I am trying to remain positive on that front!) And B. that as soon as I sat down, I had roughly 20 minutes of knitting time before I drifted off to sleep, like it or not. Oh, and C. That it was over a week into October, and I hadn’t yet managed to cast on. OOPS.
After some soul searching, I decided that discretion is the better part of valor. I will be knitting a baby sweater instead: specifically, the “Baby Sophisticate” pattern by Linda Helfin. Because…expediency is key, here. Also, who wouldn’t want her future son to look like a small and dapper version of Mr. Rogers?