Monday, November 14, 2011

My New Leaf

"We're turning over a new leaf..."


My mom often said that when I was a little girl.  What she really meant was that I needed to turn over a new leaf and she was going to help me.  I find myself saying that same phrase a lot these days.   In fact I've heard myself say it twice in two days... hmmm.


Well, this one is my leaf to turn over, too. Here it is:

   I will not modify a knitting pattern without first doing the math ever again.  

Up top was my off the cuff combination of Mina's Tuxedo Vest and the Back to School U- Neck Vest.   You can't tell from the picture, but I think it could have fit my husband.  Click this link and see why that's not a desirable image.  So, what you see above is now ripped out and replaced with a more mathematically correct version.  Why the wasted hours, you ask?  Well, I never thought of myself as a math person.  But, if I'm ever going to write down some of the pattern ideas I have in my head, I'm going to have to become one, so I may as well start now. 


Since I took the alternate version of the tuxedo vest offered in the book and used a wider gauge waffle stitch instead of the twisted rib (as in The Back to School Vest,)  I needed to reduce my cast on stitches to reflect this larger stitch pattern.  It's not too complicated, as long as my total stitch count when both sides of the vest are joined is divisible by four to keep the stitch pattern consistent.  What fun.   Are you still with me?  That's it down there. 

I really don't want to be the one who thinks things through.  I want to be impulsive, free-thinking, devil-may-care and other cliques.  Instead I find myself constantly saying words like, "homework" "budget" and "responsibilities" to my kids or talking my husband down from a remodeling high in which he plans to gut and finish our bathroom in one weekend. 


One of these days I'm going to be the crazy one.  Maybe I'll say something like, "You'll have to get scholarships for college, kids, because I'm having twins." or "Honey, remember the horse that was for sale down the road?" or something.   But as far as knitting goes, I'm doing the math and making stuff that fits.    Hurray for maturity.

Ttv52- week 40

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