Saturday, March 10, 2012

And What Did We Do For Finishing Friday?

Picked up the stitches for the neck and button bands for this:
"Surely," you must be saying, "that can't have taken the entire day."  Well, I can say for certainty, "Yes it jolly well CAN.  And don't call me Shirley."

The problem is that while this is a lovely yarn to knit with, the cool tweedy-look is caused by various threads of a highly argumentative synthetic that run through the yarn....except when trying to grab the yarn with a crochet hook.  Then they abandon the wool entirely and branch out on their own.  And if THAT wasn't enough fun, I'm actually trying to follow the pattern exactly, and the stitches to pick up aren't easy mathematical ratios--like 2 for every 3 stitches or anything of the kind.  On one part it's almost 1 for every 2, but not quite, but along the front it's almost every stitch--but not quite.  I haven't even actually FINISHED picking up all those blasted stitches--I'm down to the left front, but just couldn't take it any longer--even to FINALLY have my first finished sweater.  Sometimes it's good to know when you've been beaten for the day......