June 01, 2005
Can someone force some dpns into my hands, please?
The AV sweater has been folded up neatly (with just a tinge of anger) and put away into a GAP bag, where all bad projects belong. You know those GAP bags - navy blue and completely nontransparent. There ya go, you will not see the light of day until I say so!
I received the two freebie skeins of the Merino Style. Just to clarify, I would have run out of yarn whether the skeins were short 3 grams or exactly 50 grams each. It just so happened that when I called KnitPicks for an explanation of skein underweight, they offered to mail me two skeins as compensation. Great, now I don't have to place an order. Anyway, of course they are a different dye lot because I bought the original batch way back in February. They look close, but the new batch seems redder to me. I don't know, don't quote me on that until I take the wool outside and compare in daylight. However, not all is lost: my friend Alasdair has one skein of the dye lot I want and has agreed to trade! Woohoo!
So, now I technically have enough wool to finish the second sleeve. What to do next? I don't know. Frogging and re-knitting is out, the yarn won't be able to handle it, and neither will my sanity. Elizabeth and Emily from my Tuesday knitting group advocate finishing the second sleeve exactly as the first, then taking in some width on the sleeves, stitching a dart, and cutting off the excess. Sort of what I did in the picture, except permanently instead of just basting, and with scissor involvement. Diana approved (of course). All those decisions will have to wait. For now, we move on to new things.
I'm itching to select and purchase the beads so I can get started, but first I have to do the Maths to figure out exactly how many beads I need (since I'm modifying the bead pattern). I thought that this would be a pretty simple thing because at least there's a size in the pattern which fits me and I wouldn't have to worry about re-sizing... just re-beading. Right? Wrong!!!
- The pattern is written to have armhole-to-hem length of 11.5". Uhm, let's try 13.5" for some modesty.
- The shaping was pretty decent, actually, but while we're at it, I decided to modify it just slightly.
- Of course I need to write directions for three-quarter length sleeves, but at least I thought the sleeve cap shaping would be all taken care of: I would just have to extend those capped sleeves. Right? Wrong!!!
- The sleeve shaping is written to give that cute puffy capped look. Which is fine, but it means I can't just extend them down, I have to rewrite all the shaping. Shoot me, shoot me now.
- The non-standard raglan seam (you see how it doesn't go to the corner of the neckline?), as far as my math skills can tell, is only there because of the puffy capped sleeves. With standard-shaped sleeves, it can't be there. Total bummer, I really liked that accent.
So, to be perfectly honest, I spent a few hours last night working on this - TV off, complete concentration - and it was very frustrating. I mean, more frustrating than the usual pattern rewrite because here it's not just changing row and stitch gauge (in fact, in this pattern I'm not doing that at all, my gauge is dead-on), and it's not just adding an inch to the bust (again, not doing that here, just knitting the 36" size), I am changing how the garment pieces look and fit together.
How complicated could this be? I HAD TO GET OUT THE PROTRACTOR! Are you following me? Evidence:
Oh shit. Can someone force some dpns into my hands and make me work on a simple project? Where I don't have to fire up six calculators and get out my protractor and turn gray trying to figure out how to move the raglan seam so I don't get puffy sleeves? Because I just had one of those, and I'm pretty much fed up with doing all the calculations and the writing, and not a lot of knitting. Pass me a sock, wouldja?