The Circular of Life
February 22, 2014
This lopapeysa pair landed in Lincoln, Nebraska today. The Mr. is Riddari (my third) and the Mrs. is Verur.
I did the same neck mods to Verur as I had done for my two previous Riddari, to make the neckline less masculine and crew-y. My modification was blunt: I skipped half of the last round of decreases on the yoke, and skipped the neckband decreases altogether. But when my niece tried it on, it was too wide, it stuck up, it looked weird. So out came the scissors of doom.
Instagram let loose with a collective shriek at this shot. CALM DOWN PEOPLE. I cut off the neckband, well above the point at which I was going to execute my fix. Nothing bad was going to happen, especially not with this sticky Icelandic wool.
See? No big deal. From the place where I had cut, I ripped back to the round where I had only done half of the decreases the pattern called for, made all those decreases as directed by the pattern, and carried on. (I did not do the “decrease 13 stitches evenly” instruction at the neckband, which would have brought the neck in a bit snugger. I wanted the neck to remain somewhat wider. Also I hate that instruction with a fury that may reflect badly on my math skills. YOU BROUGHT ME ALL THIS WAY WITH PRECISE YOKE DECREASES SEAMLESSLY INCORPORATED INTO THE STITCH PATTERN AND NOW YOU TELL ME TO DECREASE 13 EVENLY? LIKE AN ANIMAL?)
As day follows night and sleet follows thundersnow, I have cast on my next Riddari.
This is an XS, for a bat mitzvah girl who will be swimming in it initially, but will have it in her life as her Forever Ski Sweater, so I’m making it to fit her mom.
It’s the circular of life. When this Riddari gets to the yoke, it will no longer be Subway Knitting, and I will have to cast on something else. I don’t mind.
Happy weekend, all.