OK: Games ’08
For the first time I can remember, both knitting categories are attractive. They are: “Knitted slippers” and “Sweater with motif”.
There was a wonderful slipper pattern in VK once, and, astonishingly, I have kept a note of where it was: Turkish slippers in Winter 98-99. I haven’t looked at them yet – I just found the reference in my electronic Filofax (Lotus Organizer). My husband is still asleep in the room with the stack of VK’s.
One of the most successful sweaters I ever knit was VK’s dinosaur sweater, Holiday ’87, for Thomas-the-Elder. I hit it lucky with yarn, Jaeger Spiralspun I think, and Rachel was able to hand the sweater down through subsequent children where it continued to excite admiration.
But that has more than one motif, and the rubric in the Games programme is clearly in the singular. I may do it anyway, unless someone comes up with a better idea.
The moral is, keep notes. I thought I would be days hunting for those patterns. I’ve just looked up “Turkish slippers” in Ravelry. There are some nice ones, but nothing as good as I remember the VK pattern to be.
Barring disaster, I will finish a skein of yarn today – the second of the three designated for this sleeve. In length, I am only just beyond half-way.
I have already decreased 35% of the original sleeve stitches, and of course the decreases continue. The second skein contributed about 8” to the desired 25” total – obviously the third will have to do better, and obviously it will. The arithmetic is beyond me; I’ll just have to plough on. The difficulty is that the final seven inches are not-to-be-changed: an inch of separator-band, three inches of plain st st, three inches of cuff. So if there isn’t enough yarn, fairly serious frogging looms.
Maybe I’d better stop right now and follow your advice, Tamar: on to the neck ribbing, and see what's left of the skein designated for that.
Shandy, I was desperately touched by your comment yesterday, and moved to write an essay on the Philosophy of Blogging. But I’ve left it too late, and must get on with Wednesday. Tomorrow, I hope.