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Snow Day!
We did end up getting snowed in today and everything was canceled as
predicted. Ahhh.... a whole day to sit back and knit! I worked on
Scotch Mary quite a bit (sorry I didn't think of photos until it was
getting a bit too dark out). Besides actually knitting I took some time
to work on writing out more of the pattern and working on sizing. Right
now the sizes stand as such:

Sizes: S(M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Finished bust: 34 (38, 42, 45, 49, 52)"

I think I'm going to add another inch into the 3XL size, which will put
it right in the middle of the standard for that size according to the CYCA
guidelines. Having some of the numbers all worked out is a big thing.
The math is definitely my least favorite part. Now that I have some of
it out of the way I can proceed knitting feeling guilt free. I've had
this nagging voice in my head for the past few days bugging me about
being organized and mapping out the pattern now instead of
procrastinating, which is more typical of me. I always get what I want
to get finished done, but.... I may leave it until the last minute and
then suffer from near panic attacks. OK, anyone that knows me well
wouldn't say they're "near" panic attacks, but pretty much full blown
ones. Like it or lump it, that's how I've worked since I was a wee
little kid.

I'm really excited that I get to start the lace stitch on the sweater now. I did a lot of staring at the wall today
trying to project an image of a finished Scotch Mary there. There was
some indecision going on in my head as to when and how to start the
lace, and if I should begin it in the front and back at the same time,
or just in the front and put some ribbing in at the back to pull the
garment in a bit to keep it more fitted since the lace is going to make
it open up. I think I had better insert a lifeline right about now... I
have a feeling I may be pulling back. But hey, that's part of the
process. My mom sees me ripping back plenty of designs and always
wonders out loud how I can stomach it. You have to be cool with either
accepting the mistakes you've made (and face it, you really are only
human so there is going to be mistakes no matter how hard you try) or
you have to look your knitting straight in the stitches and pull it
back. As a designer you have to be even more willing to rip back, or
knit several samples, because you need to know your design actually
works. If I was knitting purely for myself and not writing patterns I
would be the type that shrugged my mistakes off, unless they were
really hideously huge, of course.

On that note... I think I'm going to go run that lifeline through good old Mary and start on the lace stitch. Good times! :-)

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Comment by cherylbwaters on February 16, 2010 at 9:47am
Having seen your pattern designs, I cannot imagine you shrugging off your mistakes. If I try to shrug off mine, I find myself hating the FO and either never wearing it or giving it away to anyone that will have it. Sometimes I'm even too ashamed to give it away. ♥c

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