Sometimes, things work beautifully, seamlessly. Everyone says yes, there is no traffic, the stitches flow off the needle. Other times? I often wonder whether it really is related to biorhythms, the stars and planets working at cross purposes or some kind of secret plot. This past week was not terrible, but little things that make you crazy kept happening. More plumbing problems (fixed), having to drive at rush hour in heavy snow, (with the traffic radio dude saying it was the WORST rush hour he had ever seen) and a few other misadventures I won’t bore you with. Finally, I spent Saturday afternoon sitting in the urgent care waiting for Mr. Guy to get four stitches in his finger. Waiting? This is not a problem for knitters you say. (I did run back into the house while he was waiting in the car, I didn’t say it was to get my knitting.) So there I was knitting away on a Christmas gift hat. A little girl became quite interested in the knitting. I showed her the hat I had nearly finished. She asked to try it on, and of course I let her. It should have been HUGE on her 2 year old head, even with the little ponytail. It wasn’t. I pulled it off the needles, pulled out my tape measure and it was read ’em and weep. The hat was 17″ instead of 20.” No one to blame but myself here. I think I must have done the gauge swatch on a different needle. Or the swatch just lied, as they so often do. Sigh. Rip. Here it is, in its second incarnation.
It is for the purple and orange girl, of course.
Then I finished the button band on my Acorns sweater, made with the perfect color red in Cascade Ecowool. It’s getting rather chilly here, and it seems like such a sweater would be handy to have around.
When I first started this top down pattern, Theresa took one look and said that the neckline was going to be too big. I never listen, do I? I checked out the finished ones on Ravelry and most of them looked fine. Several people said after blocking everything worked out. So I kept knitting. I picked up stitches for the buttonband, and it still looked big. But blocking was going to fix it, right? Wrong.
A worsted wool decolletage effect isn’t what I was going for. I’m too tangled up in Christmas knitting (and a teeny bit demoralized) to tackle this right now, but I think I can salvage the sweater by taking out the buttonband and severely decreasing around the neck when I redo it. I also think I may put in a zipper instead of buttons. Opinions?
Hope your knitting is going more smoothly than mine!