June 08, 2005
I was feeling so good about my grandmother's Best Foot Forward Socks, that I decided it was perhaps time to work on the Fibo. I medicated myself with 1.5 bottles of Stella Artois (I'm SO not kidding), and in my half-jittery, half-delusional state once again took out the measurements and the charts.
You thought the protractor was bad? Mwahahahaha!!!!
THAT, folks, is called a COMPASS! When was the last time you used one of those? Me? Ooooh, circa 1994.
However, there is mental progress on this little design:
- If I get rid of the puffy sleeves and keep the neck opening the same size, it becomes too wide, like a boatneck.
- If I get rid of the puffy sleeves and make the neck opening smaller, it involves a lot of math and I haven't fully explored this option yet.
- If I get rid of the puffy sleeves by, simply, making them a little smaller and keeping the overall raglan shaping and neckline the same, it's a bitch to figure out where the beads go. (That's what I'm trying to figure out in the graph above).
Is there a point where one says, this design is written the way it is for a reason, and because of the puffy sleeves is not easily given to customization? Or even, if the knitter's alternations involve moving the raglan seam, then it is impossible to keep the same neckline? How do I know when this point is reached? What if I think I've reached it (yes, that's what I think), but continuously doubt my math re-design skills? - maybe I'm just missing something, maybe I'm not thinking hard enough? And then there's the blog pressure... I feel like you guys (based on your comments) really expect me to figure this out. And when will I have done enough math and used enough obscure math instruments to say, it can't be done? Sigh.
Edited to add: This entry is most fitting for today, because it is filled with Maths and rulers and compasses and other engineer-like stuffs, all of which I learned from my engineer dad, whose birthday it is today! Happy birthday! (No, he didn't teach me to knit) (Yes, he gave me that particular compass)