August 25, 2005
First, thank you all so much for all your compliments on the "Mia" shrug. I was a little skeptical myself, but it seems the right combination of outfit, pattern, and details makes everything just right ;). Of course the compliments are shared with the designer. Karen has been modifying, clarifying, and improving the shrug pattern throughout the test-knit process, and the pattern is now available for all of you ;). Now, why don't you sashay over to Karen's site and check it out for yourself?
Let me come clean about what I have on the needles now that the shrug is done.
Ok, just kidding ;)
Don't you think it's time for something new? Sumptin', sumptin' special?
I think this Filati pattern is quite cute, but my initial excitement stemmed more from the realization that one of the sizes was dead on for me. That, and the fact that I bought the pattern book on clearance for $1. Woo!
I purchased KnitPicks Shine in Apricot, and I'm off!
Not so fast, Speedy Gonzalez!
First, I did some very basic math to include waist shaping, the only thing I felt was missing from this pattern. Cotton is very, very stretchy, and I know I won't be happy with the sweater unless it's snug, so it was a must.
Next I started reading through the pattern, which is written (translated?) in a very weird way, and after rereading it a good 3 or 4 times it became clear to me that, yes, they wanted me to make 12 repeats, 10 stitches each, in a space of 100 stitches. Oh boy.
I corrected that mistake, cast on, and not even two rows later, this:
I see. I see how it is. I know this game. This is that game that elann made me play with their Peruvian Collection Alpaca, where I had to carefully rewind each and every center-pull skein to check for knots and splices. Sigh.
After I dealt with the splice (I opted to cut it out and rejoin, rather than casting on again) and started knitting, I understood what you all have been talking about. That thing, where cotton hurts your hands, I never got it.
I get it.
Oh, shite! Right where my funny bone is, in the left elbow. Owie-wee! Ice! And it's very immediate, just a few minutes, and I can't knit with it anymore.
The funny thing is that I've knit with pure cotton, cotton/silk, cotton/acrylic, and cotton/wool blends before, but they didn't hurt my hands. But this cotton/modal is torture!
Not a good start at all. Send me good karma before this becomes another Adrienne Vittadini disaster, okay? Because that one started the same way, and ended even worse.
At least there was a most pleasant surprise from Sara in the mailbox:
I cute Loose Knits card and handmade, sterling silver stitch markers in the most gorgeous raspberry red, my color. Jaw drop followed! Thank you so much, Sara, and I think I know just the thing to reciprocate this very special gift.