Not bad, huh?
(Mrs. Darcy - Inspired Cardigan or Prometheus' Penance, day 122)
It looks so prim and sedate. But knitting this was a trip, especially in the last few days of working on it. That home stretch is always full of surprises, firsts, and suppressed expletives. These are the days when people avoid eye contact with me. I'm all rushed and bothered as I try to go about the day's normal activities and still manage the tedious process of seaming all these pieces of sweater together, with loose yarns strands flowing and tangling every which- away, all my wrinkled notes and various tools getting lost in the couch cushions; and all the while I somehow must hide my progress from the cat.
All of this eye strain and neck ache is made even worse when I discover a problem after it's all done and have to rip it way back to finish it yet again. It is my idea of Mythological torture- like buzzards slowly eating my flesh or being bound to walk the halls of Hades three seasons of the year. You get the picture.
(knitting then knitting it again, day 118)
On my daughter's version of this sweater I knit the sleeves separately and seamed them on, but for mine I thought it would be easier to knit them in one piece with the body from the armpits up. This would also prevent the weird gauge at the armpits that I often have. It was difficult because, like the rest of the pattern, I was just guessing (something I've never done before.) I'd guess, try, then guess again with all of the increases/ decreases until I found something that worked because the pattern was unavailable at the time. After a few tries, in one of which I completely finished the sweater and bound off before realizing the shoulders looked like Madonna's rocket bra, I finally got the right fit. It was fine, but I actually like the subtle puff in my daughter's sleeves better. She, of course, likes mine.
Stretch Armstrong. No amount of smooshing the sleeves upward and together was going to fix this. What is the deal with growing sweaters!?!
I went from a slightly baggy sweater with perfect length sleeves, to a ginormous sweater with ginormous everything, to a fitted sweater with sleeves that have to be cuffed. Whew. I put it back on, sweated in the two minutes it took to snap these pictures, and left.
Knits that Fit. If I had only waited a few weeks...
Yep, the last few days are the hardest.
So, now I'm working on this one. And I must be crazy because only a handful of people on Ravelry have knitted it and like it. But, here I go...