September 9, 2008
I have been absolutely confounded as to why my Ravelympics project has been such a slow slogger. I tend to function only on deadline, and having that excellent 17-day window of opportunity seemed like a great way for me to crank a sweater to send along to the sweater drive currently under way for Afghans for Afghans.
I was having a fine old time cranking these wandering, random cables. I was knitting in the round, and it was actually almost mindless to shift the cables a stitch to the left, a stitch to the right, occasionally twisting the cables when they ran into each other. Tra freakin la!
The trouble came when I stopped knitting in the round, after I divided for the front and back at the armholes. Doing these random cables in flat knitting is, like, 42% less fun than doing them in the round. You have to pay a lot more attention when you’re on the wrong side of this thing. You’re knitting the purls, purling the knits, and it’s not hard, but somehow less fun.
I started the sleeve late at night, and because I didn’t have size 6 dpns or circs, I dove in, knitting the sleeve flat. That’s where I really hit the Wall of Sloggery.
I don’t mean to be whiny about this, because I’m glad to be making a fashion-forward pullover for some unwitting Afghan boy. But I do think I’ll scrounge up a pair of circs for Sleeve 2. And I bet it will go, like, 42% more happily.
Up top you can see how this UNBLOCKED sweater fits a very, very skinny 12-year-old boy. It does fit, and not in a painfully tight way, but not in a way that a 12-year-old boy is all that happy about. The boy, who shall remain nameless because he’ll KILL ME I mention it, has a 26″ waist, for those of you keeping track of the ease/negative ease/uneasiness of this project.
The sleeve doesn’t have the sleeve cap on it, in case you’re wondering why it’s so short.
I have been relishing the blocking of this, knowing that the cables would open up considerably. It blocked tidily to 18″ across, so I will try to get the 12-year-old boy to model it again to see how it fits now.
At the top, I seem to have gotten Cable Twist Panic and threw in a bunch of last-minute twists.
I wonder when the back of this sweater will dry. In 2024, probably.
The sleeve was actually fun, now that I think of it, because I started to let the cables go all radical. One doesn’t ever cross anything until the very top. There are wide stretches of reverse stockinette. One cable follows the curve of the sleeve cap.
I had to add a few rows to the sleeve cap shaping so that it will fit the armhole properly. We’ll see how she goes.
I’m Just a Bill. Or Maybe a Knitted Bag.
Yesterday, the world’s greatest knitting circle (sorry, but it’s true) met, it being the second Monday of the month and all, at the downtown Nashville Public Library. (Next month: Monday, October 13, noon to 2 pm.)
Despite the fact that we were in our conference room, as always, I heard a gentle rustling sound, sort of like birch leaves in a late summer breeze. Or maybe the quite tulle skirt of a ballerina.
Or maybe Susan knitting a bag out of half-inch VCR tape.
This colorway, you ask? It’s America Rock.
PS Quick recap: The sweater above uses Rowan DK Tweed in Wine. Pattern is the Perfect Sweater (link in the right sidebar), size small. Size 6 needles. Cable pattern from a sock pattern in our new book.