Well, it’s proving to be hard to knit your life while simultaneously trying to LIVE your life. I don’t even know what year I’m up to, at this point: maybe sixth grade? I’m definitely going to skip seventh grade altogether. I’ve already had two night-terror wakeups involving Miss T______, the world’s scariest PE teacher.
Here’s where things stand.
On the back, I’m imagining the life we all think we’re going to lead, where we meander along, one pleasant moment after another.
On the front, I’m going for life as it actually seems to happen.
Technical tidbits so far:
The shoulders are going to require some shoring up. By the time I get to 2013 down at the bottom, the shoulders will be bearing the unbearable heaviness of being. Maybe some of that reverse-side crochet business? Maybe the sleeves will tighten things up a bit? Maybe I’ll just go to therapy and talk about it.
The increases. Francis asks how I’m doing the increases to get an A line shape. I’m working top down, so I’m adding as I go. Basically, I think of it as a cone. On an increase row, which happens every inch, I add 8 stitches: 2 stitches at each side, 2 spaced evenly across the front and 2 across the back. If you do only side increases, you can end up with a droopy hem. I’m sneaking the increases in as purl stitches, so they don’t show up in the cables.
I need to increase a lot because the top is pretty snug (negative ease?! o noes!). I’m aiming for the bottom edge to be 10 inches wider than the bust.
The blocking on this is going to be very important. I want it to open up, in the interest of honoring St. Eileen of Fisher. POSITIVE ease. The more ease in life, the better! This yarn, if it’s anything like Felted Tweed and I think it is, will allow some gentle yet assertive manipulation. This wool Rowanspun DK is cottony and gently spun.
And, in the tradition of Eileen Fisher, I’m dubbing this size Extra Small.
Next up, 1978: eighth grade!