You know that excitement when you start a new project and you are convinced that it is going to be the ONE. The PERFECT sweater. Well I had high hopes for my Printmaker’s Pullover from Twinkle’s Town and Country Knits…
Stay with me while I rundown my flubs:
- The sleeves went super fast. I thought they were going to be small so I added extra width in the rib (hence forth referred to as MISTAKE #1).
- I also added some length to the sleeves since I am a bit taller than most (MISTAKE #2).
- I also added a few extra ribs to the body (yes, MISTAKE #3).
- I added 4″ in length to the sweater body (my only good decision, but still not enough length).
- There was something funky going on with the sleeve ribs matching perfectly to the body of the sweater ribs so I did some magical decreases to make it work (MISTAKE #4).
- I was so anxious to try it on and see where it was at, I forced my noggin through the circulars while trying not to drop stitches (I know, I know, scrap yarn!) which of course I did (MISTAKE #5).
- I got it on, ran upstairs to check myself out in the mirror, all the while strangling myself with the circulars, and when I got upstairs, I realized I hadn’t taken the skein with me and now I had 100 ft of yarn running out of the kitchen, up the stairs, and into the bedroom. (MISTAKE #6)
- I could have lived with all of this foolishness if the sweater had looked good on me, but the culmination of all my mishaps had me on the phone to Brandy, exasperated, explaining that I could have stapled a garbage bag to myself and it would have looked better. I wish I had taken a picture for you…
So I frogged it, and I am going to start again this weekend. The good news is, it went very fast the first time, and I should be able to knock it out this weekend – I will post a picture of my triumphant victory shortly. The other interesting thing is I felt a sense of triumph ripping that whole sweater out – I was getting the better of it by starting over, it wasn’t getting the better of me.
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Not to say that we all don’t love a good bargain, but there is something truly magical (especially for Brandy) about the 2 for $3 bin at our local craft store. Every time we walk by it, I know that Brandy will stop, bury her face in it, and give it a big hug. I took this picture to prove to her that she is having a very personal and somewhat inappropriate relationship with the bargain bin. Don’t even get me started on her behavior with the new scented Sugar ‘n Cream yarn.
On the Mary front, I finally finished my turtleneck tube vest from Stefanie Japel’s wonderful book, Fitted Knits. I love the top down construction – it is very intuitive and just makes great sense. I even used the same color that was pictured in the book – loving the periwinkle (not very imaginative I guess).
Up next – out of Twinkle’s Town & Country Knits, the printmaker’s pullover. I am done with the sleeves, but I had to special order the size 19, 29″ and 24″ needles. Love how fast the sleeves went – but I feel like I am knitting with kindling, damn those needles are big!
I guess to sum it up, knitting is full steam ahead over here – hello fall, I love you!
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