Posts Tagged ‘pickadilly’

3/28/2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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It is a good thing this design is so darn cute or I might just have to say forget it.   The numbers on this thing are really far off.  Must not have done much test knitting for this pattern.  Makes me think about how hard it is to find a very well written pattern.  Wonder why?  It’s kind of a bummer to spend money on a pattern that isn’t right.  Oh well…onward and upward.
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I have decided (with help from some other March knitters) that I am going to rip out the sleeve and start the decreases immediately.   Look how big it is.  Really?
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Gigantic Sleeve

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I am ripping now…do you hear it?  The sound of me weeping?  Actually, had  I started this sweater with a good attitude maybe I would be done by now.  I spent the first 10 days complaining.  Live and learn.
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One of my lovely customers kindly pointed out that it is 12 in 12…so technically I have until Dec 31st to finish this right?  Right?
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3/21/2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Yep, that double pointed needle is supposed to be there...it is for the button band.

I was not a math major.
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I never took statistics.
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I am not particularly interested in numbers (just ask my accountant)
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But, knitting the body of this sweater was so mind numbingly boring that I had to do something with my time.
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So, I decided to time myself knitting.  Yeah, I know it is pretty lame, but I had to do something with my mind.
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I got out my iphone and started timing myself.  My husband has been reassured that I am still crazy.  I timed myself for a good hour of knitting…I think that is a good sample right?  I think it’s called a sample anyway.
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The body of the sweater is 197 stitches per row give or take a few (who’s really counting at this point  anyway).  It took me, on average, 4 minutes 25 seconds to knit a row and 5 minutes 30 seconds to purl the next row.  Yep, that’s about 10 minutes for 2 rows…holy crappoly.
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Here comes the math part.
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The sweater from underarm to the held off stitches is 13″.
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I am getting 8 rows for every inch.
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13″ x 8 rows = 104 total rows
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Divide the total rows by 2 (cause we have a knit row and a purl row) and you get 52
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Multiply 52 x 10 and you get 520 = total number of minutes to knit 13″
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Divide 520 x 60  and you get 8.6666 = total number of hours to knit 13″
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8 1/2 hours to knit from underarm to the held off stitches.
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So…now that I have it written out it doesn’t seem so bad.  Funny.
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Generous armholes

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Carly wanted to be sure I mentioned the very generous armholes in my sweater.  Perfect for my ever growing Beach Body Biceps:)
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Thinking Through March

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I make quick decisions.  I tend to run at a high level:)
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I am pretty good at quick decisions though.  Usually, if I go with my gut, I don’t go wrong.
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I decided I was going to go to UW Madison.  I applied and got in.  Had the most amazing 4.5 years of college life.  Really.
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Graduation

I decided I wanted to buy a house…looked at only 3 houses and had a house in less than 3 months.
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my first house

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I decided I wanted to go skydiving for my 30th birthday.  I didn’t think too much about it…Done.
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skydiving

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I got engaged in April 2002, got married in August (4 months later)
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The moment

yipee!

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I drove past a “now leasing” sign in Stillwater in April and opened the doors of  a yarn and fabric shop in October.
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Coming soon

Empty shop

I decided to knit 12 sweaters in 12 months, so I picked them and just went for it.
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I chose the patterns I liked.  There wasn’t much more to it.  Now, a smart yarn shop owner would probably have actually read through the patterns to make sure that she liked them.  But…not me.  A smart yarn shop owner would probably have actually done swatches before she selected the yarns she was going to use before she posted them.  But…not me.
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I chose the patterns I liked.  There wasn’t much more to it.
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So…that brings me to March’s sweater.  I LOVE the look of this sweater. Love the offset cardigan.  Love the crocheted lacy edge.  Love the tweed.
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Pickadilly

I finally decide to read the pattern.  I don’t love it.  I am trying to decide what to do about it.
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Here are the issues I am grappling with.
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The sweater is knit basically in stockinette, flat.  So, that is a lot of purlin….like most people, purlin isn’t my favorite thing to do.  One of our customers is going to be knitting this in the round and then she is going to steek it. Yup, she’s gonna cut it.  Eeeekkkk.  I haven’t ever steeked before and she very kindly gave me the low down on it.  I need to decide if I am going to try it.
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The button band is knit separately and sewn on.  Then the bottom ribbed band is finished.  WHAT?  I don’t wanna do that.  I don’t understand why it is done that way.  I have read and reread that part of the pattern.   Krishell has read and reread that part of the pattern with me.  We don’t get it.  The only thing we can figure is that the band is knit on smaller needles?   I am thinking about maybe knitting that thing right into the sweater.
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Lastly…I was going to do purple with a lime green lacy trim.
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Pickadilly Colors

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But..I LOVE this blue and white.  Crisp and clean.  Must decide on the color.
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Blue?

I have less than 24 hours till go time and I am gonna need all 31 days to knit this puppy…
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hummmmmm.
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