This will be brief, because a) I am binge watching Madam Secretary and really need to find out whether Secretary of State Tea Leoni is going to resolve that Moldovian airplane hijacking. And b) this sweater is possibly the least photogenic knitting project I have ever attempted. When I say this looks better in real life, you will say, “Good grief, I hope so.”
The Good News
TONS of good news! This Moroccan Nights sweater by La Maison Rililie is beginning to seem like fun. I did my third try-on, this being a top-down sweater where trying on is one of the helpful yet annoying little stops to be made on the journey. The try-on means threading all live stitches onto waste yarn with a tapestry needle. It is not knitting. I’d rather be knitting.
Try-on dread is something I struggle with, every time. It might suck. It might have started to suck in the time since I last tried it on. In this case, with a sweater allowing no ease to negative ease, I actually envisioned that nightmare where you get a garment onto your body yet cannot get it off. How many times have I had that moment? It usually involves a dress with a zipper on the side. You get all clammy and sweaty and have to calculate at what point should you call out to the universe, “Hey? Could somebody . . . help . . . me?”
Well, it fits. It is a comfort to know, going into the easy stockinette part, that everything is on track.
My conclusion about double moss stitch is that it needs to go on the Hazardous Knitting Stitches List. I have blown this moronic stitch pattern at least seven times. At this point I don’t trust myself at all. It requires a low-grade surveillance that makes me unable to concentrate properly on Tea Leoni’s fabulous shoes. Do secretaries of state always wear stilettos? Did Robin Wright ruin the curve for TV politician footwear on House of Cards?
Finally, I had a moment when I looked down and could not really tell the difference between my current knitting and the handknit sweater I was wearing.
Carol Feller’s Carpino is the sweater I’m wearing.
Moroccan Nights is the sweater I’m making.
Do you do this? Do you knit the same idea over and over?
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