Can it be true?
I’ve already fooled myself into thinking that I have plenty of time to make a couple of gifties for the guys in my life. But only 91 days?
Please don’t remind me that now is my most busy/important time of year for jewelry making and that I desperately must take pictures of new jewelry goodies to post on my website and on Etsy. Blah blah blah. My same old story.
So this weekend, while CR went off backpacking, I started his present: “Smokin'” by Jared Flood, who is, may I say, the King Dude of Cool Patterns for Guy Stuff. Check out his blog in my sidebar. Amazing photos of his work. This pattern is from the book “Son of Stitch & Bitch.” http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smokin
Anyway… I’ve had the yarn well over a year. I wound it and swatched it as soon as it hit the front porch. Came up with size 9 needles but never managed to find time to cast on.
Fast forward to last Sunday morning when I dragged out the tub of yarn, my old swatch with notes, and smugly cast on before leaving to take the Bug to see the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (cute movie with a funny twist on the “be careful what you wish for” message) (seems like there was a fire sale on quotation marks this post–sorry.)
Well I learned 2 things that day:
1) I can knit in the dark! Hooray. Okay, it was only garter stitch. But I did it! I actually knit 7 looong rows of the bottom edge of the cardigan.
2) If more than 1 year has passed since you last swatched for a project, swatch again. Things change, sometimes.
Indeed I must be rather more tense (no surprise there) than I was a year ago, because instead of my stitches gauging 3.25/inch, they were a full 4 stitches to the inch. Ah well. Making this a ripping tale indeed.
I also worked this week a bit on the Bug’s sweater. Need another 7 repeats of the pattern before I can start the bottom edge and move on to the sleeves. At least it’s still hot as Hades here.
I just hope I can get back to those Composed Mitts. They’re fun as heck, and go fast.
And maybe one of these days I’ll finish up my “Something Rum Raisin.” I’m nearly to the sleeves.
And then there’s Poppa’s gift that I have to start. The thing about that is, that since it’s entrelac, once I start it, I won’t want to stop, ’cause I think it’s truly one of my most favorite things to do. Ah well.
Ho ho ho.