Today Archie and Fergus are coming – Fergus to stay, at least overnight. He’s having an exeat from school, or something of the sort, and we are all going out to a rather wonderful-sounding Turkish cafe for lunch. I will have to do some scrambling, to have lunch to leave with the carer for my husband and also to make provision for the other three weekend meals. Archie is on the very verge of his A-Level exams and for him, life is real, life is earnest. He’ll go back to school after delivering Fergus and lunching.
The news on the local knitting front is that, at last, I re-engaged with the Sous Sous. I cast off the front shoulders and sewed them to the back shoulders, not without difficulty. There is a narrow ribbed edging to the very deep v-neck at the front. The instruction is to leave it on a safety pin on one side, and knit it onwards by itself on the other, until long enough to reach across the back neck.
I did that, and then grafted it to those stitches on the safety pin, being very careful not to twist. Then I tried to sew it to the back neck, and found that it was twisted.
That’s where I am now, or a bit beyond – I have un-grafted, and am ready to do it again. The important thing is that the Sous Sous is back in my hands, and I think the worst is over. I should be able to pick up stitches for at least one sleeve today.
That much, I wrote last night, expecting to post this morning. I didn't manage that, but I got everything else done and we had a fine lunch and my husband was well cared for. In the afternoon I started measuring down the Sous Sous for the sleeves.
I found myself wondering why the back was unfinished at the bottom edge, while the front had a nice little edging. After only a very little pondering of this problem, I found the answer: the back has been attached upside down. Its nice little edging is subsumed in the shoulder seams.
I am sure you can imagine my state of near-despair. All I have got to do is un-graft the neck edging (again), unpick its attachment to the back neck, and unpick the shoulder seams. It doesn’t sound too bad, put like that. But…