The Maggie Grey sweater:
some details shared
I'm using Knit Picks yarn for this design– Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather. It's pleasantly soft to touch and the color is very appealing to me. It doesn't really remind me of squirrels so much as it makes me think of my cat Mist. Sometimes, though, I think she thinks she's a squirrel and they might think she is too. We have this one squirrel that hangs out on the deck and likes to stare in the window and doesn't seem very bothered when Mist stares back. And now that I completely went off topic there for a minute... back on track.
I'm very curious to see how Maggie Grey comes out. I'm trying a different sweater construction, one that I've actually never even knit before never mind tried to design. So far it seems to be working smoothly. I mean, smoothly enough now considering how many times I ripped the ribbed edge during the first two days. Gah, I'm not going to forget that!
There will be buttons on the Maggie Grey sweater, although not functioning buttons. It's a pullover, it has wide sleeves, it might have a funnel or turtleneck (but I'm not sure yet). It is definitely an experiment and I will be ecstatic if it looks exactly as I'd sketched it out. Wait... I take that back... Considering my sketching abilities I might be very bummed if it looked exactly as I'd drawn it. I highly doubt it will really come out being a perfect replica of my original idea. And that is totally ok with me.
...is blocking! I wet blocked the sweater today. You can see in the photo at left how patchy the coloring is with the soaking wet yarn. I have a feeling it may take a while to dry since it's so nasty out. The house is warm enough, but the humid chill gets into your bones and I'm sure the yarn is affected too. The buttons I ordered for Mary finally arrived, so as soon as the sweater is completely dry I'll sew those on and thread the i-cord through the eyelets. You can't really see the eyelet panels in this photo. When I arranged the design I opted for placing the eyelets on the sides at the underarms, but just to the back of the side markers. I felt like the ties would be less likely to get in your way and feel uncomfortable under your armpits this way.
I went and got an eye exam today. My prescription got worse. I had a feeling that was going to be the deal. I was told the new prescription would make me see "significantly better." You know how at an eye exam you have to look at that chart full of letters? The first line usually has one lone "E" and then the letters get progressively smaller on each lower line. Well, with my glasses on I could only read the second largest line of letters. I'd say that's bad. Driving has really been scaring me recently, so this exam was definitely over due. My prescription hadn't changed in about 8 years. I could tell within the last few months that it had worsened. I don't think that's good. I held steady for so long and now it's going bad? I've been doing a lot more knitting and spending more time on the computer writing patterns, so I'm thinking maybe there's a connection there. I am going to try and seriously cut back my time on the computer, which is going to be very hard. I really prefer writing my patterns down directly in a computer program because it saves time later. However, maybe I should embrace this as a chance to get a nice notebook, some colored pencils, and start a pretty little design notebook.