There are no bad sweaters, just temporary fashion blindness.

Mmmm, bobbles I know. Another dishcloth – that sound you hear is surely hell freezing over as I turn around and do everything knitterly I swore was not for me – odds are I’ll bust out with a shawl next. I feel I earned this finished object, though, because after making it through the bobble and eyelet rounds unscarred (after which the MDK book says you can pat yourself on the back, particularly if you were watching TV – which I was, so I did), I promptly screwed up the symmetrical decreases – three times. How freaking hard is it to decrease after a marker? Well, first, you have to admit you need a marker, even on a small project. What can I say? I’m a slow learner. It’s not perfect, but I loved making it, so I’ll probably torture myself again with the pattern before I run out of dishcloth cotton.

So that makes six finished objects in 2006 – which ties me with my total for all of last year. Woo! I have just three items on the needles right now: the Retro Ribs and the Cabled Rib Cardigan, plus the emergency sock I mentioned here, which will be either Nancy Bush’s Conwy sock from Knitting on the Road (you know where to find the book, but have you seen the incredible FO photos that are part of the knitalong?) or RPM from Knitty, with a clever modification that makes it a little more mindless, er, easy to knit while looking like you’re paying attention in software training.

I also have a post up at Knitting Simplicity this week: Stashing, and the “sweet spot.” The project I mention there that I just don’t think is right for me would be the heartbreakingly lovely Salt Peanuts by Veronik Avery you’ll recall that I went through a great deal of work trauma to get enough yarn…only to suspect know the sweater wouldn’t suit me. When life gives you a sweater’s worth of lemons, what can you do but make lemonade? After considering, I think I can make Bonne Marie’s Ribby Cardi using the Muench Bergamo. You know there are many lovely Ribbys out there, but were you aware there appears to be a small subset of genus Ribbyius knitterus who have chosen to make the sweater in an allover 2×2 rib, like this one and this one – that’s exactly the kind of sweater I need. I have no idea why ribbing makes me swoon, but it does, so who am I to argue with my id? To the untrained eye, the Ribby and The Very Thought of Him (which I threaten to cast on for during every entry) look as similar as the cerulean belts featured in The Devil Wears Prada – don’t be fooled! I may need both to be truly fashion forward.

Knitting in Public, on my own porch P.S. Scout? This is where I knit (complete with IPod full of Living on Earth podcasts and a big supply of Diet Dr. Pepper), but only during the summer months, obviously. Adirondack chair = handmade birthday present for me from Knit One Purl Too’s Knitting Environment Enhancement Staff (aka my husband). Must. make. effort. on. his. cabled. wool. sweater. Must show the knitting love. Thank God for air conditioning, or I’d need to knit naked!

3 thoughts on “There are no bad sweaters, just temporary fashion blindness.

  1. holly

    Retro ribs were some of my favorite socks to make, although i have knit VERY few, and RPM is on my list of for-good-not-evil patterns, so thanks for posting the link to the modification.

    I’ve been reading knitting simplicity based on your recommendation. Love the idea – it is something i was already trying to accomplish on my own and it is so nice to see other people not all about the stuff.

  2. Emily

    Oh, I love Living on Earth podcasts too! and diet dr. pepper, come to think of it. I don’t have any chair making husband though. You’re a lucky duck!


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