Saturday, July 21, 2012

Groucho Marx

"I was going to thrash them within an inch of their lives, but I didn't have a tape measure." (Groucho Marx)

A knitter who doesn't bother to know their measurements before embarking on a project needs a good thrashing, I'd have to say. Here I am almost 50% done on my Lightweight Pullover when I look for the Nth time at the pattern and at the size I'm knitting and think "I hope I'm knitting the right size. Yeah, it says 4" positive ease so I went up to the 38". Great, I should be good. It's weird though that I'm not knitting the smallest size. I always knit the smallest size. I am a 34 though so that's what size I should be knitting. No worries. I am a 34, aren't I?! Hmmm. Maybe I should check?"

Knit an inch or so more.

"Maybe I should check?"

Knit a little more.

"I think I'll check."

Grab tape measure within hands reach the entire time I've been knitting the sweater and measure chest.

"GIANT MONKEY BALLS!!! I'm a 32! I should have knit the smaller size. What is this sweater going to look like now. Is it going to look okay with 6" of ease. It's supposed to be a slouchy sweater, but how slouchy is slouchy before it looks like a sack of potatoes. Should I frog the whole thing. Hell to the no. I'll try it on and then decide."

Lightweight pullover

"Phew, I don't think it looks bad at all. The yarn is deliciously soft. I think it's going to work. That was lucky."

".......... Wait!  My bust is how small???????"

Vicky Secret's here I come.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Moving on

No excuses will be wasted. I've just allowed life to run over me a bit. Knitting has been taking place though. Currently I'm working on "Lightweight Pullover" by Hannah Fettig in Sunday Knits Nirvana 5ply. It's nots of stocking stitch which leads to great tv knitting but can be rather monotonous at times. I'm really looking forward to wearing this sweater come fall. It's going to be deliciously soft and comfy. I'd post a picture but it's brown stocking stitch, not too much to see. I may try it on and show a process pic soon as its top down. This is the first year in six years that I haven't gone to knitting camp and I'm feeling sad about it. I miss seeing the old crew, not having my annual Jess of Rosekimknits and stephanie fix and will miss a week of saturating myself in the wonders of Meg Swansen et al. I'm so close that I keep thinking about heading over there one night and gate crashing for a night of knitting. Hmmmmm... We'll see. Ravellenics 2012 is coming up and I am thinking of what to knit for it and what team I should join. I have a couple projects in mind that I could pick from to knit for team schoolhouse, but otherwise I don't have any other teams to decide from. Any ideas? All help appreciated.