It turns out that I am using the Fairfield pattern strictly for the stitch counts and overall construction. The stitch pattern/cables? Entirely my own design, with some help from Barbara Walker. The sleeve cables were impromptu, but I knew I needed to actually plan the cables for the back.
As you can see I attempted to chart the center cable panel — it has only written instructions in the book — but that proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. I think it may actually be easier to read the photograph.
Does everyone have this much trouble with a sweater? If I had simply followed the pattern I would probably have two sleeves and half of a back by now. But no, I had to improvise and redesign and improve.
I sure hope it all works out.
The yarn for Chaika arrived today. It is all caked and in its very own project bag, and the collar is cast on. I have often had multiple projects OTN, but never two sweaters.
First time for everything.
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I picked up a David Sedaris book when I worked at the library book sale last Friday — When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Sedaris is as highly entertaining as always. Sadly, most of my recent reading time has been spent on Instagram and the NYTimes crosswords on my new-to-me iPad. My old one had become increasingly erratic and unreliable. When I mentioned to Younger Son that I was thinking of getting a new one, it turned out he had a newish one that was exactly what I was looking for and that he didn’t really want. So I bought his, hence my new enthusiasm for the iPad over a book.
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