Saturday, March 10, 2012
March 10th-I've Mowed the Yard!
Now on to the fun stuff! This is a report picture of the vest. I have placed the steeks and I am climbing up the stupid thing. I have never centered a motif before; I have just started knitting willy-nilly and I thought it looked okay. But now that I have experienced the way this looks, I am certainly going to do that next time.
Now on to the bitching part of the knitting. Meg Swanson's video is a god-send. I placed my steeks without any difficulty. She says to knit around to the next steek and knit it. So I started doing that when I realized that my motifs' vertical placements were not lined up. It took a lot of swearing and futzing around and unknitting and a lot of grumbling. I even stopped to look up steeks in three of my reference books. Nothing about how to maintain the vertical motif markers. I did find a reference that says to knit "being careful to keep the pattern motifs in established vertical alignment." That's as much as I could find.
So here's what I do-after all the problem-solving, I find the first center stitch on the motif, count back to the beginning, and start there on the chart. It works for me. I am starting to gain a little bit of speed now. I am fortunate that I know how to "read" my knitting. That helps a lot.
In the past I have never aligned anything. I just knit along being quite happy. But I do like the precise alignment thing. It looks much nicer.
I am so happy to be almost done. I have set a new goal of Easter, but I am not sure whether I will make it. I think I have done really well to get this much done in two months.
Yard work is calling. I need to get this winter project off the needles.
I am going to call the groomer next week to get Patty's Spring-do. She gets so hot and huffs and puffs. Noodles has been fighting with ugly boys who are entering our yard while roaming around looking for love. He is being locked in the house at night. He is not adjusting well, but the cool evenings help. I noticed he isn't able to jump or climb as well as before his broken leg.
So I am going to leave you with this quote I have on my refrigerator. Remember a long time ago I mentioned that I collect quotes and place them everywhere. I was getting something out of the refrigerator when I "saw" this again. It seemed appropriate after last night's tantrum.
One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.