Functional Friday: Questionable Motives

As knitters, we have all been put upon by someone for knitted goods. They see you knitting a pair of socks and ask you to make them a pair, or see something you have knit yourself and decided that they would like one too. I usually just tell people that they should learn and knit themselves one, but a lot of knitters feel bad saying no. Let’s face it, knitters are a kind breed.
There are times when I feel particularly catty and respond with a little more bite than I should, but most non-knitting people don’t realize how much work goes into one garment. It isn’t like sewing where you can make a pair of pajama pants in an hour. A solution can be to tell them how long it actually takes you to knit a sweater or socks. The asker probably doesn’t realize that one pair of socks takes hours and hours of work to make.

Knitting Time

If that doesn’t put people off, I will suggest that they can’t afford me. I’ll say “the yarn alone costs $X” and they realize they can go buy a package of 10 socks for that much money. Once I had this exact thing happen. I had seen some yarn that was dyed after the TV show Dr. Who; it was Tardis blue and I really loved it. I was telling my friend about it and he asked if I would make him a sweater from this Tardis coloured yarn. I was totally on board with this and made the deal that if he paid for the yarn, I would make the sweater. He was very enthusiastic about this idea and decided to ask how much the yarn was. It was $20 a skein and there was not a whole lot of yardage, so I figured it would take six or seven skeins to make him a sweater. After hearing that price he said he could easily buy a sweater for that amount of money and wondered why people knitted at all. Good question. As you can imagine, that particular person has never received a hand-knit gift of any kind.
I would be weary of this technique though; some people are not scared away and will ask how much you would charge to knit them something. In this case, I usually name a ridiculous sum of money; something like $400 for a sweater. Most of the time people are not willing to pay this much and will suddenly change the subject of the conversation or remember an appointment and needs to rush off. There are the few people that will actually take you up on it, so be careful about the price you specify; make sure the price will be worth your while.

Sock

A technique I’ve applied more recently is to trade skills. I have a friend who is a hair dresser and we trade haircuts for knitted goods. The barter system is really great if the person attempting to wheedle something from you has a particular skill or hobby. There might be something in the deal for you that would normally be expensive or hard to replicate.
The final technique I will go over is the ultimate cop-out. Just tell them you don’t knit for others. There are some things you do for money and then there are things you do for love. I have yet to hit a response to that, aside from “well don’t you love meeeeee?” Batting eyelashes or no, I usually look the person right in the eye and lift one eyebrow.
There was a sign on Pinterest that said ‘knitting is like sex. If I like you, then it is enjoyable. If I don’t like you, there isn’t enough money in the world.’ This is the perfect adage to end this post on. Remember that you should never feel obligated to knit someone something and don’t just give in because you don’t want to say no.

Macro

This blog is mostly about knitting and my life in general; one thing I really like to do, is learn. I am one of those people who would go back to school forever if they won the lottery. I would learn all sorts of things that interest me and love every second of it.

Macro 1

Learning new skills is important throughout your life. I remember in math class at high school, we would always ask “when are we going to use this in real life.” The completely honest answer is, never, not once have I ever sat down and tried to figure out a complex calculus equation. The truth of that matter is, they teach you these things in high school as a brain exercise. Learning is one of the best things you can do for your mental health and wellbeing.
It can also benefit your knitting as well. You can learn to spin, embroider, sew and any number of skill sets and they cross over to knitting. The next thing I would like to learn is spinning. I feel like it is the next evolution in my growth as a fiber artist. I have knit the yarn and dyed the yarn, now I should learn how to spin the yarn. Who knows, it might not be a hobby that is for me, but I am going to give it a try nonetheless. I’ve already put this plan into motion and signed up for the VKL Chicago 2014 class Spindle 101. I was really looking forward to this class and devastated when they cancelled it, I am going to have to find another way to take classes. There were quite a few spinners and weavers at the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair; I signed up for the spinning and weaving event newsletter in hopes that I would stumble across a class.

Macro 2

Actually the people in the booth directly next to mine were spinning on the very fringe of the divider between the booths. I got to talking with the lady and she told me about all her spinning wheels and how she thought she should just teach classes on them because she has quite a few. I seriously encouraged this and told her I would be her first customer! I am determined to spin and I really hope she starts a class.

Macro 3

If you’re not into branching out into the other worlds of fabric and fiber, I would still recommend learning a new skill. It helps keep your mind sharp and it usually keeps me out of trouble for a couple minutes. You could learn something like playing the piano or guitar; there have been studies done that prove the efficacy of playing guitar and staving off Alzheimer’s and arthritis. You keep your hands dexterous and build up the muscle in them and reading music keeps the mind engaged.
I am not sure why or when, but I have a desire to learn carpentry. I feel I would not be terribly good at this, but it is still something I would be interested in taking classes on. Are there any skills you have always particularly wanted to acquire?

Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Festival

The Kitchener Waterloo show was a complete and total success! As well as a lot of fun. I had a great staff which included Lena, Sara, Liane and Paul. There was yarn and a great atmosphere to go along with the show!

KW Fair 2014 2

Set up the night before started at 2:30pm and went until 8pm. Unfortunately we ended up leaving home at 6:30pm, got lost along the way, and showed up just after 7:30pm. That time, it was just Paul and myself, so we unloaded the things we had brought and semi planned out the both. There was one booth, which is a 10 foot by 10 foot space; in reality that is really not a huge space. Paul and I moved the tables around and tried to come up with a pleasing arrangement.

KW Fair 2014

That night, there was a lot of yarn. For some reason, I had not started putting the tags onto the yarn yet and that all had to be done the night before. Liane and I tagged and labeled all the yarn for the show and Paul kept re-skeining. There was some yarn that was not dry yet and couldn’t make it out to the show. This included Nightfall and Gaia; a few skeins of the Ultra Bluberry and Supreme Sovereign made it out, but that might have to wait until the next show.

Pattern Markers

The next morning we started loading up the truck at 6AM and were on the road at 7AM. When we got there, it was not too hard to set up since we thought about how we were going to set things up the night before. I was really nervous we were going to forget something essential or something would go catastrophically wrong, but everything was fine!

The fair opened at 9:30AM and we managed to get everything set up by 9:20AM and were able to just tuck in tags and neaten up the edges for ten minutes. Paul had his cash station all set up, I called it the accounting department for the entire day.

Paulito Shirt

There were a lot of customers and questions about the yarn since Stitch Please is a newer company, but I think we made a good impression! I got to talk to a really wide range of people and heard about a lot of great new projects! It makes me so excited to knit new things! I saw quite a few very remarkable garments including the eastern skies shawlwith a TARDIS beaded into it! I may or may not have geeked out about this for a good 10 minutes. Even after the lady left our booth, it was still rolling around in my mind and I would just randomly say “A Tardis, in the night sky!” For any Dr. Who fans, you totally geeked out just now, and everyone else; I am sorry about the fan references. I would also highly suggest you watch Dr. Who.

I was really surprised that the most popular colour was Vampire Barbie. I am not sure which one I thought would be the most popular, but it just never struck me that it would be Vampire Barbie! I guess it is a really cool colour. I do love the socks I knit from it; they are quite comfy! The Sapphire Label was a huge hit too. Sapphire Label is the sock yarn line with the nylon in it. The Amethyst Label and Garnet Label were tied in second place for most popular bases, which I expected. They’re very soft and super wash, so easy to care for.

KW Fair 2014 3

I had so much fun at this show; I can’t wait till the next one. I think it will be a lot of fun. It is too bad I am getting married on the same date as the Woodstock Fleece Festival or else we would have been hitting up that one as well!

The Lowdown on Dye Lots

Since I am an indie dyer, I like to think I have some inside information on dye lots. There are a couple trains of thought with dye lots and matching up yarn, and with commercially dyed yarns this is an excellent idea. However, with hand dyed yarn, you have to be much more careful. Just because the dye lot is the same, doesn’t mean the colour is going to be exactly the same.

Cotton Candy and Diet Cotton Candy

I always suggest you use the time-tested method of switching skeins every other row when you are working with hand dyed skeins. Not only does this break up any unwanted colour pooling, but if the skeins are visually different, you will still get a fairly even colour. Hand dyed yarn is not perfect and that is part of the charm, every skein will be slightly different. Even when I knit socks from my own yarn, the patterning on each sock was totally different and it was from the same ball.

I kettle dye all my yarn, so the dye lots depend on several factors. One is the rate at which the yarn absorbs the dye. There are about a zillion factors included in this. If the yarn is closer to the bottom of the pot it gets darker, if you leave it in the pot longer it is darker. There are a lot of factors you can’t really control, but you can replicate them very closely. This might mean you get a couple skeins that are exactly the same colour or you get one that is much darker than the other. I have had two skeins from the same dye lot and they look very different. One happened to be near the bottom of the pot while dyeing and the other was nearer to the top. A majority of the dye absorbed into the bottom one because it was closer to the heat source and therefore set the dye much faster than the skein at the top of the pot.

Different Greens

Another really good photographic example are the Vampire Barbie socks I completed. They are from the same skein of yarn but look so very different. It could have been that my venison was a little tighter on one, or it could have been the dye, but the shafts of the socks were completely different!

VB Socks Different Pattern

Usually the hand dyed yarns are not a perfect solid colour, unlike commercially dyed yarns, they are more tonal which lends a bit of depth and character to a knitted garment. As a summary I would simply say, use your common sense and look at the yarn with an eye towards the colour. If they don’t look the same, see if there is one closer.

Monday Mishaps: No mo’ Mojo

Today’s Monday Mishaps is brought to you by a lack of knitting mojo! Seriously. I know from the outside it may not look like it, but everyone loses the will to knit at some point in their lives. I had a point when I was working a minimum wage job and going through a rough time thatI didn’t knit a whole lot. Come think of it, that probably would have been a stress reliever, but I just had no inspiration and I was still fairly new to knitting. What brought me back was the seventh Harry Potter movie. I made Harry Potter scarves in order to go to the movie. It is just this kind of whimsy I would like to talk about today.
I know this is technically not a mishap where I have messed something up beyond belief, but to lose your knitting mojo and not knit, would be a far greater tragedy than snarling a ball of yarn.

PicMonkey Collage

Aside from that first time with the Harry Potter movie coming out, I have never really lost my knitting mojo. I have always been or become inspired by something, but in the past couple weeks, I lost it. To tell the truth, I didn’t even really realize I lost it. I was still knitting and blogging and talking about knitting; I’ve been elbow deep in fiber for the past several weeks. How could I have lost something that was right in my face the whole time?
While I was still knitting diligently, I was knitting to get samples done for the show. I was not taking any joy in the process; it was mechanical and needed to be done so I was ploughing through it. On a whim I sent out a bunch of messages to random Ravelry friends and the responses were just what I needed to get me back into the swing of it. By hearing about all the things they were working on and patterns they were discovering, I felt a renewed sense of curiosity and passion light within me.
I stumbled upon one of the many ways to get back your passion for knitting without even realizing it, but the first part of the battle is to realize when you are losing. If you ever think you should knit, then say, ‘I don’t really feel like it.’ Not a physical thing, like your hands or wrists hurt, but an emotional and mental resistance. For me, personally, that is the first clue and I seek help!

A sneaky

One think you can do it go on Ravelry, participate on the boards for the groups you have joined. Talk to those people about what they are knitting or how their lives are going. Usually there is some kind of knit-a-long to participate in going on somewhere. If nothing there is striking your fancy, I will move onto trolling for patterns. I enter terms into the pattern search like ‘long sweater’ or ‘mittens’ and just scroll through the hits.
I have found though, that the best patterns come from my friends. Some people on Ravelry favourite the things they like, other people add them to their queue. I add the things I would like to knit, to my library. Find out where your Ravelry friends keep this list of gold and go through it; this is especially amazing when you have friends with the same taste in knitted garments, they will always have something you will like.
That excitement of first finding the most AMAZING pattern is one of the best feelings in knitting, the other is finding the perfect yarn. Going out to your LYS is an excellent way to keep you motivated. The LYS will have yarn and people, which are two of the most crucial remedies in getting out of a knitting rut.

Sara's Crochet

I really don’t think I should be advocating retail-therapy though, because I have problems on the best of days and if I am in a depressed place… I spend all the money. Just imagine that I said that with a Gollum voice and you get a better picture of that state of mind. If you have a stash, go stash diving to be re-inspired by yarn. There was a reason you bought it, if that reason is still valid and in your tastes, make it happen. If the yarn in your stash is dated or you don’t have enough for a given project try to set up a yarn swap, check the Ravelry boards and people in your area, there may be someone willing to trade.
Another technique that might help is to work on something different. If you’ve been working with lace for the past five months without a break, try knitting in something that is a DK weight, or aran; we could talk totally crazy and head straight through to chunky weight. It will totally change the dynamic of your knitting.
There is another place to re-kindle your romance with knitting, and it isn’t a place most knitters like to go; the unfinished objects box. I have one, I am sure we all have one. Sometimes those projects weigh on my mind and I put them down for no reason at all. If the UFO box holds something near to complete, or just something you forgot you started, it might help chase away these feelings. Whenever I start feeling like I haven’t completed a project in a long time, I finish a few things from my UFO box and I feel like a knitting superstar!

Knitting a Scarf

There is no tried and true way to get excited about knitting, but you will know what works best for you and your situation. What are your favourite ways to get excited about knitting again?

Functional Friday: Acrylic- A Review

A lot of people have a serious problem with acrylics. Once I was in a yarn shop and talking to the proprietor about making a baby blanket for my nephew, maybe a sweater or something. He was only a couple months old at this point and I knew that this garment was not going to be hand washed or treated in a gentle manner. I was definitely going to make it out of acrylic yarn. However, the store owner I was talking to, lost their mind. They asked what the point of going through all that work would be just for something that was, essentially, knit from a garbage bag!

Scarf Acrylic

I am all about working with the best yarn you can afford, but I am a real believer in function. A new knitter who has never participated in a fiber art before is not going to knit with the expensive lovely stuff; I know that I didn’t. I started knitting at the age of 20 and I used the cheapest yarn I could find. I would go to the big-box stores and buy really cheap yarn; that is what worked for me. I went into an LYS at one point and say yarn that was $20 a ball and thought people were crazy for paying that price.
At that point in my life, I was a poor student who had just graduated. I had not found a job yet and I was working for minimum wage. I didn’t have the spare expenses for expensive yarn anyway. I think it was a really great to get experience with yarn that was not going to break my budget, because I messed things up a lot. As someone who is self-taught, I ripped things out, I cut the yarn and knotted it; there were many MANY knitting faux pas committed in the early days of my experience.

Slippers Acrylic

The very first expensive yarn I bought was to make Paul a sweater from Rowan Drift. I just wanted something think that would knit up quickly, I had not yet developed the patience that I have now. The problem with this thick quick knit, was that it is too warm and Paul can’t stand to wear it. I think that would have been a problem with anything I had knit him though. If it wasn’t lace he would have been too warm.
From then on, I learned more about different fibers and what they were used for, but acrylic still has it’s place in my life. I would never knit something big out of acrylic, but a baby blanket? Yes. A sweater for a small child that will see a lot of washing? Yes. Anything like slippers, that will see a lot of wear and need to be thrown in the wash, I will absolutely use acrylic. Several of my friends have had children recently and anything I made was from acrylic.

SassyTime Impressed

Those are things that are not going to be heirlooms though. If I were going for the heirloom side of the fence, I would knit a christening outfit, or something extremely intricate with a beautiful fiber. I would also make sure the recipient would appreciate it first. There is no point in knitting a lovely article of clothing or a blanket if it is not going to be cherished and appreciated. I find most non-knitters, don’t realize how much work goes into a sweater, an afghan, mittens or socks. They just assume because you are knitting that you will do it for anyone. This was an episode on the Knitmore Girls podcast, the link to that particular episode is here. I think I will write a post about this topic next week and give you my own views on the subject. I am going off on a tangent here though.

Tall Scarf Acrylic

What I am trying to say is, acrylic is not scratchy, or horrible in any way shape or form. I have heard that it used to be a lot worse than it is now. You can get it in a huge variety of textures and colours to make garments that are hard wearing and easy maintenance. If I get suckered into knitting something for someone and they’re not paying me, I usually make it out of acrylic, because it is more likely to survive. The more you wash it, the softer it gets. While there are definite advantages to working with nice yarn, I would not turn my nose up at acrylic because there is a place for everything in your stash. Unless you have SABLE –ed out (Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy), then it might be time to get rid of a couple skeins.

Ribfest

In Burlington, Ontario every Labour Day weekend there is the biggest ribfest in Canada. Paul and I have gone every year for a long time. Probably since we found out there was a ribfest to go to. It is always a really great time and the past couple years we have gone to the smaller ribfest’s to ‘warm up.’
I am not sure how many vendors come exactly, but there are at least 25 rib places all set up down by the lake. It is always packed with people and all you can smell is cooking ribs and BBQ sauce. Usually the weather is not too bad because even if it is swelteringly hot, the breeze coming off the lake makes it a little cooler.

Paul Ribfest

Usually, we try to go between meal times, like that awkward 3pm time where you’re hungry, but isn’t early enough for dinner and too late for lunch. There are fewer crowds at those times and you’re less likely to get stuck in a huge line. However, when we end up going during those peak hours, we have a very technical and mathematical way of choosing where we get our ribs… the shortest line.
This year, and the past two years, my parents have come down to go with us and brought my nephew. That little guy loves his ribs; we were going to go for dinner and I told him about it before lunch. When we asked what he wanted for lunch he said ‘ribs!’ We ended up convincing him to take a snack now and we would go for ribs later because all the really good ones take a long time to cook.
Whenever we tell people we are bringing my toddler nephew to ribfest, they give us a look on incredulity, but E-boy has been to every ribfest since he was born. I remember, one year, he was laying in his stroller with a bib and a rib.
It is really great to take E-boy to all these events, especially now that he has rounded three years old; he is beginning to understand and get excited about things. I can remember his first Christmas, which was exciting for us, but he was much too young to understand anything. Last year was better, but I still don’t think he really grasped the concept. I think this year will be excellent, but I digress.

Ethan and Ice Cream

A couple things I have seen at ribfest that I cannot quite believe are; a woman wearing head to toe white. I am talking a white blouse and a long white skirt. Why? Just…. Why? Something else I saw and I am not sure if it was deliberate or not, but there was a man with a white t-shirt on. His back had multiple tiny handprints, like he had been holding a toddler and the said toddler repeatedly wiped their hands off on his shirt. It was either deliberate, or it happened once and the man gave up all pretenses of keeping his shirt unstained.
There are always two stages with live music; this year there were three. I think all the stages had a lower decibel level than previous years, but that could have just been me. Usually I try to get as far from the stages as I can because I hate trying to yell over the music. This year, we ended up at a picnic table right beside the stage. We still had to yell over the music, but it wasn’t horrible for being directly beside the huge speakers. Perhaps because there was another stage at the end of the park, they had to keep it quieter. I liked it better though; I enjoy my eardrums intact, thank you very much.

Doughnuts

Overall, ribfest is a really good time, there is a fair-like atmosphere with the ribs and all the little folksy booths. Everywhere you look there is funnel cake, ice cream, stuffed animals, bandana’s with your dogs name embroidered on it. Lets not forget the fudge either! I would also suggest that any diet you maybe on has a cheat night and you head out to a ribfest on that day. I don’t think there is anything there not deep fried.

Home Stretch

With the Kitchener/Waterloo show coming up, I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get things finished. Overall, there has not been much time for knitting, but I do have a FO!

Helpful

I managed to finish the Vampire Barbie sock. I was really close in the last car ride I took on Saturday, so I polished it off that night. I grafted the toe and weaved in the ends so I could immediately put the sock on. I think I am going to wash one of them because the question I get all the time is, will the colours stay when I wash it. Of course the colours will stay, why wouldn’t they? How would I ever be able to share this yarn with anyone if it washed white? It reminds me of those orchids at the grocery store that are bright blue or purple; after you go through the trouble of NOT killing it, it blooms white the next year. This way, people will be able to see real evidence that when the yarn is washed in a washing machine, it doesn’t hurt it and it doesn’t lose any colour!
I was really concerned about the amount of re-skeining that needed to be done. It was one of those things that kept getting put off indefinitely. Luckily I had a lot of friends helping me out! I’m sorry to be such a high maintenance friend! Please don’t un-friend me from life! As of Monday there was only a small box left.

Yarnsplosion

This past two weeks it has looked like there was some kind of yarn explosion went off; there were no survivors, it was tragic. I have a huge mountain of odds and ends that have been used to tie the skeins together or tie the tags on the skeins to label them. It is really monstrous, but I feel like keeping it as a conversation piece. I could put it in a truffle bowl and keep it on the counter. Yarn décor is the best décor.

We have also been working on the stitch markers. Usually booths have a little extra couple things here and there. Stitch Please will have stitch markers and a few pattern markers. The pattern markers were Sara’s idea because we constantly use post-it notes or craft tape. The problem with these things, is when you’re constantly moving them, they lose the stickiness and fall off. At which point you are completely bamboozled, because I never keep track of where I am. I can attest to how well they work because on the weekend, I was using one for a test run. I managed to knock over my cup of coffee onto the pattern and when I yanked the pattern up and away from the stain, the pattern marker stayed where it was. It is currently air drying with the magnet still attached and marking my place. On one hand I am upset I wrecked my pattern (of which I can simply print off another page) but on the other hand I was really pleased the pattern markers worked so well.

Pattern Markers

That is about all that I have been up to lately, I can’t wait until this show is over and I can semi relax before the wedding. I really hope this show goes well because it is the first step along what I hope is a very fulfilling and successful path! Wish me luck and if you’re attending you can find us at booth 60!

Technical Tuesday: Cables without the Needle

Today I wanted to go over a technique that is a little more advanced, not much, but something that wasn’t a basic technique. When I was working on the French Cancan I was doing a whole bunch of cables with a double pointed needle. I’ve never used a cable needle because I didn’t want to buy a needle that was only good for doing cables, then I got a little more advanced in my knitting and ended up being comfortable with a dpn as a cable needle. The technique I am covering today is to do cables without a needle at all.
I originally looked up this technique because I wanted something that was going to help my French Cancan go faster. I tried this technique a couple times, but by then I already had a really good rhythm going with the dpn. I would stick it through my ponytail when I was done and whip it out when I needed it.

I think I might give these a more honest try when I get around to finishing my grandmothers sweater since that thing is COVERED in cables. Anything that might make it do a little faster. The cables on that sweater are a little thinner too, so it might work a bit better than something with a wider width.

Whether or not needle-less cables are for me, I think it is an interesting technique and there are entire classes taught about it. I would be very interested in taking one sometime to see if there is a ground breaking technique not found on youtube and how well it works. Maybe after Vogue Knitting Live Chicago, I’ll find another conference that will have that opportunity.

Stripe or Lesion?

The anticipation can end! We are finally going to talk about how I messed up the Stripes Gone Crazy pattern. Let’s be honest for a minute though, it IS a complicated pattern and I don’t use a whole lot of brain power on the best of days.
In the beginning, the shoulders are shaped by doing short rows. Now there are lots of ways to start a sweater and I think the designer thought for a minute ‘oh, now I am really going to screw with people’ then decided to do short row shoulders, or it could have been an aesthetic thing since the sweater is already so busy.

SGC Back

As I was knitting, I was trying not to look at what I was doing, or think about it too hard. Just following the pattern was enough to think about and, like I said, I’ve been lacking brain power. The lights are on but no one is home, so to speak. I had all the markers placed for the increases and was doing them the way the pattern specified, I followed the instructions to a T. When I actually started to look at it though, it didn’t look right; I checked my stitch count. I counted the total amount of stitches and I was bang-on. There was no room for mistakes because I counted them twice and then got Paul to count them twice. At this point I went to the section break down, the part where it tells you that you should have X amount of stitches in the front lapel and X in the arm. It turns out that I had the correct amount of stitches, just not in the right sections. The front and back were too large and the arms were too small. This was not the end of the world though, the stitches were all there, just not on the right side of the stitch markers. I hadn’t gotten to the neck shaping yet, so it didn’t REALLY matter where the increases were, as long as they weren’t so close together that they create a ruffled effect.
I got all my ducks in a row and started on the stripes, this was the easy part of the stripes, you just have to make two plain ones, no increasing or decreasing, just two stripes. I had no problems here, I actually added in two more because the pattern specified If you like your long sweaters, add another couple stripes here. I had no problems separating the arms either, it was the pattern that foiled me later on.
In the pattern there are quite a few lines that tell you to go back and repeat lines X through Z. You’re not exactly reading instructions so much as thinking ‘okay, now go back and do those lines too.’ While I was working on this cardigan, I was listening to a podcast and sitting at the kitchen table thinking about how awesome I was and how awesome this cardigan was. Then I realized my stripes looked a little bit smaller than the ones in the photo. I blew it off and thought they would get bigger as the pattern goes on, you know, like a gradient…. It’s not a gradient. Instead of repeating rows 1-10 I was switching colours and starting a new stripe.
Theoretically this could have worked, because I would just have to do the same thing for the rest of the sweater. I did not want to do that much thinking through the rest of the pattern though, it looks like it only gets more complicated. So I ripped out about four inches of sweater with short rows. Heartbreaking right?

Dropped Stich Stripes Gone Crazy

I started again and I am back to where I would have been if I hadn’t needed to rip out all that knitting. I was working on it the other day and I was mentally grumbling to myself about having to rip out that knitting when I realized I had dropped a stitch. DROPPED A STITCH?! Doing short rows and colour work, I dropped a stitch. I sat there and stared at my knitting for a few minutes, then grabbed a crochet hook and brought the errant stitch to the top. Since there are so many short rows I had to hang my crochet hook off the knitting until I managed a row that would pass by that area and I could pick up the stitch.
I am not even done the sweater so let’s hope the last bit goes easy…. Even if it does look the hardest. I am sure I will be fine though, I just need some quiet time to work on the cardigan and maybe a glass of wine. Wait. Short rows in the cardigan…. Scratch the wine.