I need to step into the Knitalong Confessional and tell you something: I didn’t quite bang out my Main Squeeze (pullover version) during regulation knitalong time. It was well within my grasp to do so, but I kept getting distracted by this and that. We live in distracting times. Knitting helps focus, but it also takes focus. (That’s very profound, I know.)
Jen Geigley’s Main Squeeze is the easiest sweater I have ever made, and yet: it’s a sweater. Sweaters need you to pay attention, particularly if you are knitting them inside-out from the version in the pattern. I did this to avoid purling every other row while knitting Sand Stitch in the round, but as the sweater moved into the sleeve joinder and decrease phases, working inside-out became a little puzzle that my brain had to keep working out. Those shoulders?—I purled them. I stayed inside-out the all the way to the end, because I couldn’t figure out a good place to flip the garment right side-out and change the direction of the knitting, which would have left a little spot that looked like a buttonhole.
I look forward to your letters. I now realize I could have switched directions under one of the arms.
Finally, on the 33rd of February ( a date that appears on some calendars as March 4), my Main Squeeze was complete. Without cutting the yarn at the last bound-off stitch (in case the neck opening was too small and would need to be pulled out), I tried it on, and—even pre-blocking—it fits well. After blocking, it will be a bit roomier, and I’ll show you how it looks. But I’m well pleased. I was a little worried that without the button bands, I should have gone up one size from my Main Squeeze Cardigan, but no, it’s fine.
I’m overlooking the asymmetry in the left and right raglan edges. I started the decreases when I was on the train home from Washington. I was winging it, and I think I messed up something there. But I also don’t think anyone is going to notice.
Success! (Success?) As you always say, it has a quality of Doneness that is very compelling. After a moment of Kitchener grafting for the underarms, and putting it on the blocking towel overnight, I’ll wear it a few delicious times before packing it away for next fall.
Garter Stitch Border News
After zipping my way through 37 stripes of Kaffe’s Coins pattern—each of which was 254 stitches wide—I was stunned to start on the garter stitch border and run smack into a fundamental truth:
This is going to take a while. How did you do the border on your Stranded Stripe Throw without whining just a little?
In the MDK Shop
I love garter stitch, but after the rhythmic go-go-go of all those coins, I’m finding it slow going. For the foreseeable future, whenever we’re on the phone, you can picture me knitting garter stitch in a shade of Rowan Felted Tweed called Treacle. It’s not brown, ok? I don’t think I could stand to knit all this garter stitch in mere brown.
It’s killing me not to needle felt and cut the steek yet, but I’m still saving that thrill for my knitting group. I’ll be knitting the top and bottom of the border back-and-forth while the blanket is still a tube. When I’m ready to put the border on the sides, that’s when I’ll get out the 5-stabber and cut the steek.
I’m thinking of all of you in Nashville every minute. I may just have to pack up all the hand sanitizer I can find and hop on a plane so I can help the team pack MDK Shop packages without aid of electricity. I feel real proud of my suggestion today that we issue headlamps to the team. Just trying to be “helpful” with my “ideas!”
Good luck powering the label printer from your car—I’m going to give you a merit badge for that.
P.S. Update: You really ARE shipping without electricity! So proud of the team!
Who needs harsh electric light? This is so much more painterly.
I guess Janet does. Note: MDK’s trusty manual tape dispenser—after years in the shadow of that new-fangled electric one—finally is experiencing its big moment.