Saturday sky.


This frigid image brought to you in consideration of the fact that you may be as bummed as I am by Cookie's and Squish's images of warmth and sunlight and buddin' and bloomin' trees.

The above is the first ice fisherman I have seen on our lake this winter. Usually there are several every weekend, some of whom leave their fish houses on the ice for weeks at a time. Weird, that lack of fisherman/houses. Maybe the fish have migrated to Lake Wapogasset, twenty or so miles closer to the equator.

One more photo to empathize with those of you who also are still suffering through the throes of Endless Winter. My deck, the snow carefully decorated by doggy pawprints:


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I made the ball of yarn at left into the chemo hat at right. Hat has been mailed to the requester in hopes that it will complement the efficacy of modern medicine. Damn cancer.

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The multicolor striped raglan progresses.


Yes, that is the same pink yarn in the current stripe as in the previous hat. I was, er, over-generous when I ordered the yarn for the stripes.

The Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan pattern is knit neck down. The knitter measures her neck and, using that measurement multiplied by her gauge, figures out how many stitches to cast on. After the neck shaping, the pattern says to increase 8 stitches every other row, two at each raglan seam, as is usual in raglan patterns.

Implicit in this instruction is the assumption that the wearer's body is in perfect proportion to her neck. Ahem.

You can see where this might pose a problem for those of us who: 1, are Amply Endowed, and B, have added more than a few too many pounds over the years. I was knitting away happily according to the stated instructions — had, in fact, reached the end of the second colored stripe — when this realization hit me.

Recalculate the rate of increase to allow for my different proportions.


Frog back to beginning of first stripe and reknit.

At roughly that same point in the stripe pattern it occurred to me that perhaps my arms, and hence, sleeves, might not follow the exact same formula as The Girls.

Recalculate. Yup. Need a slightly different rate of increase on the sleeve side of the raglan seam.

Frog back to the beginning of first stripe and reknit.

I think I have it right now. (Surely hope so.) The good thing is that both yarns seem to accept frogging and reknitting quite well. The steel blue Phildar is particularly indestructible. It is also a bit scratchy, indestructibility and scratchiness seeming to go hand in hand. The merino in the colored stripes is soft and smooth, and I am hoping that there is enough of that surface in the finished sweater that I don't itch to death in it.

For the curious, the rate of increase for my body is 4 stitches in 6 out of every 10 rows. I made myself a little chart to help me remember that:


The rate of increase for the sleeves is 4 stitches every other row, so I am doing the increases on all even-numbered rows.

As long as I don't lose the row counter — hanging from the needle in the first photo — I should be golden.

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0 Responses to Saturday sky.

  1. Squishy says:

    My brain sploded with the calculations. 😀
    Ick. Snow. Blech. (we’re expecting some Tuesday)

  2. sophanne says:

    I love the color combination in that sweater. Beautiful.
    And can you believe Cookie dared to call those trees boring?

  3. Chris says:

    You’re getting a lot of knitting value out of that yarn. 😉

  4. Kym says:

    The colors are really nice! As for the calculations. . . bravo! What would I ever do without little charts to guide my knitting? 🙂

  5. Mel says:

    In our neck of the woods, I don’t think we ever had ice thick enough to support a pickup this winter. The Saco river only iced over for maybe two weeks, which is just plain weird.

  6. soxanne says:

    I’m going to revisit this post and perhaps ask for advice if/when I ever get to the pattern (I have made no ambitious resolutions for the year, but who knows?)

  7. Jocelyn says:

    I’m going to send a link to this post to Virginia and her partner Kirsten, so they can see the cap that is winging its way down to them!

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