for some reason the theme in this house seems to be ‘stalemate’, we’re still waiting for the a/c to get fixed, no one is giving in and cleaning up around here, I’m waiting on some news that seems to be taking forever, and then there’s this jacket business:
we keep getting this grey, ugly weather that is perfect for knitting with some wool. I would be further along with this (the sunrise circle jacket) if I hadn’t stopped to think. that little voice in my head started shouting so loud that I couldn’t ignore it. I’ve checked my gauge, the schematics, and the knitted measurements and everything seems fine BUT I still feel like this jacket is going to turn out huge. maybe I’m just not used to knitting a jacket, but the raglan seems way too deep, the sleeves are too long, and that half circle is way too ‘something’ compared to some of the jackets I’ve seen finished. the length of the sleeves I can deal with, but that circle and raglan worry the hell out of me. unfortunately this design isn’t the easiest to just try on as you go. I’ve tried, but every time the jacket lays differently. I really wish there was some measurement for the half circles so I could feel a bit better. I’m at that point where I can’t tell if it’s that the styling of this pattern is not for my body or if I’m just doing something wrong I can remedy.
what am I going to do? here are my choices:
a. trust the pattern and keep knitting….could lead to major fug, much hilarity, and perhaps some tears.
b. trust the pattern, keep knitting, and give it away….can let someone else deal with it, but there’s still the issue of my time.
c. finish knitting the second front and mess with the back to get it to fit right…..there’s still the issue of the raglan depths and sleeve-surgery.
d. start over, knit the sleeves shorter, and decrease for the raglan quicker…..involves math and I don’t really have time for math right now.
e. jump ship and start something else with this yarn….say the urban aran a la jared? can you tell I want some sort of sweater or jacket? I’ll have to check the gauge and yarn req’s, but I think this rowanspun aran could work.
in the meantime I need to find a project to take with me on the flight to indiana for tnna. actually I still need to pack and do some homework for a lily chin class I’m in. I’m scared she’s going to hit me with a ruler if I show up without my swatches and yarn. but packing a project seems more important right now. do I take a sock in progress, a new sock, or how about some lace? yeah, lace on a plane sounds like a winner to me! I’m pretty excited about this weekend, finally meeting stef after years of emailing, getting to see all the ‘big shots’ in the biz, hanging out with some bloggers, and meeting one of my favorite designers. oh yeah, and the yarn! all the glorious yarn that’s coming out for fall and winter. I’ll try to post from the hotel, but if not I’ll let you in on the gossip sometime tuesday.
now some random stuff:
check out the pattern I tech edited for stef! you can see another pic here.
thanks for all the compliments on the baby sweater, I felt so much more confident on my choice! as for how to knit it top down….really I just ‘reversed’ the directions, measured a lot, and dug deep into my knowledge of top down raglans…I’ll try to explain better when I come back.
I’m way behind on emails, I’ll try to catch up soon! pinky swear!
try not to post too much this weekend, or at least don’t let anything too exciting happen! please?!
now I’m off to wind some yarn and to teach the boyfriend how to pack yarn and to show him what yarn is what….god help us all!