The Unraveling of It All
January 6, 2004
While you have been poking around in the Smoky Mountains for cotton by the ton, I’ve been motoring on this Punch pullover, the raglanfest I’m cooking up for a fambly member. Everything is chugging along, though I’m concerned that this Jo Sharp DK, used in place of Rowan Wool Cotton, may be too scratchy unless my fambly member wears something under it. And it may be too close fitting to do that. So the whole thing is up in the air.
But it’s such a fine little pattern that I’m forging ahead. Sadly, and I mean SADLY, I had a creeping miserable realization as I sat with David while he practiced the piano last night. Number one: David didn’t want to practice. Number two: I’d done the stripe pattern on the first sleeve in the wrong order. The top two stripes of the sleeves need to align with the stripes on the front and back, and, halfway up el sleeve, I realized that using three colors for this sweater instead of the five they call for has, um, ramifications. It just didn’t come out right. So, for posterity, here’s the sleeve I frogged last night while bickering with David:
At the end of “Highland Tune” I had a grumpy son, a pile of unraveled yarn, and not much else.
I do wonder: will such wavy yarn re-knit properly? I think I read in the Principles of Knitting that I’m supposed to wash, steam press, and re-roll yarn that has been knitted once. Shyeah. As soon as I finish giving my Blackface sheep their morning comb-out.
PS The dirt shades I see in this sweater make it hard to imagine giving it away. It would so, so fit into my Soils of the Southeast collection of knitwear.
PSS to Ben: I saw your comment at curlsandpurlsNYC that you are contemplating a knitalong of Punch using Jo Sharp DK. I’d have to encourage a knitbehind, because I’m not sure this sweater will be soft and snurgly enough in this yarn. Watch ‘n’ wait?