Well, I am making progress. It seems that whenever I plan to knit something simple, I run into unforeseen issues. This despite knitting most days for the past fifty years. Knitting can be so humbling. Sigh.

It all starts nicely enough. I have 10 skeins of a bulky weight that I bought unlabeled so I don’t know the yardage or the fiber content. I untwiddle a bit of it and am surprised to find that one of the plies is an eyelash yarn! This is so 1980s.

The other two are plied and I’m making an educated guess that they are at least a wool blend but they may be all wool. I say this because of the way the fiber took the dye and I don’t feel any synthetic in it.

I’m getting 3 stitches to the inch on a US#11 (7mm) needle. I really like the drape of the fabric. It holds together well and is soft, not stiff. I suspect the yarn will bloom when washed so I am knitting it at this slightly loose gauge. A more persnickety knitter (not a criticism) would wash the swatch to find out. I take so few risks nowadays that I’m going to go for it and see what happens. It’s good to get the blood up once in a while.

Pretty tweedy fabric. There is a bright blue/green running through it that annoys me though. The colors are very changeable depending on the light. Sometimes everything is bright and sometimes most of it is subdued. I like mercurial things so I’m proceeding.

I decide to knit a pullover in the round. With a US#10 (6mm), I cast on the number of stitches equal to my circumference in inches times 3, making sure I have a multiple of 4. Then I knit 10 rounds of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing. I switch to a US#11 (7mm) and start knitting around and around mindlessly.

As I knit, I’m seeing a round yoke rather than a drop sleeve so I begin planning how to accomplish that. Perhaps stop an inch sooner than I normally do so that it has a more modern silhouette? Now my original plan for a V-neck is out. A ballet neck? How many short rows? How far apart? How deep will the yoke actually be?

BAM! Reality hits! I pick up the third ball of yarn. I’ve only knit five inches so far. I usually knit to twelve inches and then add the sleeves. I’m not going to have enough yarn for sleeves! Oh dear.

Time to pivot. At this point, my plan is to knit the body to my usual 12 inches. Then cast on the required number of stitches for the sleeves. I might do this provisionally and then add ribbing later if I have the yarn. Then I’ll knit a round yoke and make the other decisions as I go.

The simple ones always surprise me. There are many more decisions to be made than I can anticipate when I begin. Sound familiar? Sort of like life, right?

Happy knitting!