Monday, August 27, 2012

Meanwhile Back At The Olympic Village...Hey, Where Did Everybody Go?

The Olympics can't be over. I still have hours of unwatched coverage on our DVR! Sigh.



At this point the only thing Olympic about the Jester sweater is that I refuse to give up. To be beaten by knitting smarter than me. Trying to figure out my own patterning that fits into the maths of stitch counts, decreases, length... Sigh.



Then, the sleeves that were supposed to be hemmed picot (like the Crazy Esther cowl) but looked so nice before hemming that I decided to leave them as they are and, boy, wouldn't the bottom look cute like that too? Yep, just because the sleeves didn't roll...well, you know how this sentence ends.

Blocking will only help a little. Or maybe I should say temporarily. I'm wondering if I can pick up some stitches underneath and hide row or two of garter stitch to hold it flat. Any thoughts?



Basically it's a miracle I've gotten this far. I stewed and stewed and read and read and stewed some more and finally said, for Jester's sake, just. put. some. stitches. on. Knit on with confidence... And un-knit when it didn't look good, re-knit, un-knit when the sleeves got too long, re-knit, un-knit, re-knit, un-knite, re-knit...

I like the patterning now and the length isn't too, too long, but one sleeve is slightly tighter than the other one. I'm pretty much the only one who'd ever notice, especially after blocking so I'm trying to "let it go."



Because at this point I've put poor Clair Bear to sleep. And we know how much cats hate to sleep all afternoon day ;-).




But spending hours and hours on the porch isn't completely without it's perks. I got those nice hummingbird pictures one day, the butterflies have been fun to watch and those pictures of Comby were nice.



Sadly the pictures of Hank sitting out with his "kids" are just reminiscent of greener pastures. We are toasted brown here again. And still way too hot. And way too sweaty. And the flies are awful and I'm going to shut up now, because I'm putting myself to sleep with all the complaining.

Actually, doesn't a nap sound really good right now ;-).

P.S. I'm ready to start the yoke patterning. Don't be looking for any further updates anytime soon. Sigh.

14 comments:

Michelle said...

I'm still working the beaded picot bind-off of my Olympic event, so you aren't the only one still in the Olympic Village. :-)

Psst. Brian won his Jr. Driver, 13 and under class, which had five entries!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Can you use an afghan crochet hook to add on a new row, then slip loops off the hook onto knitting needle??? Love the butterfly picture.

MarmePurl said...

Not to worry...the winter games will be here befor you know it and just think how well trained for the WIP Finnishing event you'll be with all that unknitting and reknitting. And when the sweater is done, it's sure to be gold. Love Love Love the soft colors and patterning.

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Your sweater is beautiful. If you pick up stitches underneath, try it with thinner yarn (maybe separate your yarn into a single ply?), so you won't end up with extra bulk. I hate the math part so, so much. I may never even attempt coming up with my own patterning. You deserve a medal for bravery!

Far Side of Fifty said...

you get a medal for determination..It looks good to me..but I have not knit in years. Your butterfly photo is wonderful..it is hot here too..I hope it cools off soon:(

Andee said...

I love your title to this post. The butterfly picture is amazing.

Good luck with all your projects.

Shirley said...

Love the butterfly photo- I'm no help with knitting but I do admire perseverance. Thought you'd do more Comby pics for Sunday Stills.

Annette said...

That butterfly photo is exquisite.

Michelle said...

I think you are really talented to have gotten that far!

Lori Skoog said...

As usual, your work is beautiful. Great photos too.

Terry said...

I know exactly what you mean about the math. I knitted a lovely lace shawl and adjusted the pattern to suit my yarn. All went well until the border. I'm stuck on the math.

Alice said...

Jester would be proud of the sweater and the effort you have made to make it as unique and beautiful as he was.
Ackshully, I was also intrigued by the colorful knitting needle. Using that fun tool, who cares how well one can knit?
Claire Bear's brain is numb. She doesn't care what Sara says, she can't do the sum. ;-)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely set that you are knitting!! I look forward to the day that the person who will be wearing your lovely work-- I'm ready for the fall and winter! Enough of this heat :-}}

yvonne said...

I always knit both sleeves at the same time. That way your tension etc. is the same for both of them.

Love your blog!

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