I think age is going to be my new excuse for failing to maintain an ongoing narrative on this blog. Even though I’m a technophile, I’m just that much older than the kids these days who’ve imprinted on daily updates. As a kid, I was playing 8-bit games on an Atari 800 and reading books (on paper!), so I don’t usually think to blog until a project is done and I can tell its whole story.
I’ve been working on another sweater with a self-imposed deadline, this time Lalique, from the Sanguine Gryphon’s spring Art Nouveau line. I’m making it out of this gorgeous purple Wollmeise lace that I got from The Loopy Ewe last summer:
To celebrate the occasion of turning 39 for the first time, I have an appointment to have my hair dyed purple and blue at the end of this month. I figure having crazy hair is the prerogative of those who don’t have to adhere to office dress standards, and I can’t think why I haven’t gotten it done before now. I then realized that my new hair will match my new sweater marvelously, IF I can get the sweater done in time. Usually this wouldn’t be much of a problem, but I’m knitting at a glacial pace right now. I got that broken tooth removed last week, and while my mouth has healed up nicely, the, er, sinus involvement, has not. (Trying not to gross anyone out here.) So I’m taking 3 hr naps and still sleeping 9 hrs at night, and I’m smart enough to not knit lace when tired, and to absolutely not knit at all under the influence of Vicodin, however little good it seemed to do as a painkiller.
Of course, no sweater-shaped-object can ever be easy. The designer, Laura Patterson (FiberDreams) has us make a large swatch, three body repeats and one edging, for a total of 12 x 7.5″ to gauge. My swatch… was not that. Of course, it turns out when the pattern clearly says that WS rows aren’t charted because you just purl, and then I look at a knitted RS row and think, “Oh, that’s just the WS, I’ll ignore that”, the pattern ends up half as high as it was meant to be, and the wrong shape entirely. D’oh! And I made this mistake BEFORE the dental surgery, so I really have no excuse. On the plus side, I have two more swatches to add to my collection instead of one.
I like the fabric I got in that second swatch, and I kind of think any bigger a needle size would create too much holeyness in the bellflower edging, and make it harder to tell that they’re bellflowers and not just abstract lace. You may note that this swatch which I like is NOT 12″. Thus, math.
I did enough math to figure out how many body repeats I’ll need… and let me tell you, I’m still shocked by the size I need to knit handmade sweaters to, as compared to the size I wear in off-the-rack, or my bra band. A 40G ends up being a 51″ sweater, with about 2″ of ease. I don’t feel like I’m 51″… yay body image, I guess? Anyhoo, I did just enough math that I could start in on the body of the sweater up to the armholes, which I finished yesterday.
It’s a gorgeous day for knitting today… overcast and with the promise of a couple sprinkles of rain if we’re lucky. My family room, which is usually nastily sun-drenched in the daytime, is dark enough that I might be able to watch NCIS or Criminal Minds without glare (on a normal day I can’t watch anything too dark, which usually leaves me with just Hawaii 5-0 as an option). Except that before I can knit, I have to do math. Figure out the armhole castoffs, the neckline castoffs, etc. I’m sure it will go fine, but I will procrastinate this as long as I can… which may be why blogging seemed like a good idea this morning. And I have to copy out a few recipes I’ve promised people, and maybe go scrub toilets or something.
To jump ahead in the narrative a bit, I’ve already chosen my next sweater project. Marly Bird is hosting a KAL/Class for her Barton Cardigan starting June 1. The Barton is in the same Knitting Plus book that’s been a lifesaver for recalculating sleeve caps, as I did on the Leaving sweater and will be doing on Lalique. I’ve never steeked before, and after all this lace, it will be nice to work on a fabric that can support the needles all by itself. I’m supposed to be on a yarn diet, so yesterday my mom and I picked out Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in a pretty sapphire blue, which will be my birthday present from her. Gee, I could go browse the Internets for frog clasps for the Barton… or I could just sit down and do ALL THE MATH.