I started work on this on the day my brother graduated from UPS (the 14th). I worked on it for a few hours during the commencement ceremony and in the car on the way down. Probably three hours total. I cast on and knit a few rows and then realised I’d messed up the pattern so I had to start over. Also, I don’t have a short enough circular in the right size so I was using the magic loop method, and that slows me down. I was getting annoyed with the lack of progress I was making.
Wednesday, I went to a local knitting group for the first time (Eastside Stitchers) and pulled out my project and started knitting. A few rows later I realised I didn’t have to do the magic loop anymore, I had increased enough so that the jumper fits around the whole needle (it’s knit top down). How exciting! However, this also meant that I now had a lot more stitches per row :) Anyway, I got about two hours’ worth in on Wednesday evening, and probably an hour over the course of the week at work (during lunches and when waiting for queries to run). I can’t believe how quickly it seems to be going, because when I look at it I realise I’ve only done 35 rounds.
The merino style is a beautiful yarn to work with, too. It feels nice, looks nice and doesn’t split much at all. The jumper is coming along nicely – in about 10 more rows, I get to split off the sleeves, and I’m going to try it on at that point. Hope it fits!!