My Yours Truly cardigan is progressing at a surprising speed. I have no explanation for this. I would say that I'm devoting more time to it than I should, but I'm not, because I'm also working on the end of one book, the beginning of another, organizing my fall classes, writing a big fat speech, and designing a scarf with dragons on it. And sometimes I feed the children and the pets. If they howl loudly enough to bug me.
In addition to changing the gauge, I've incorporated a few of my mom's improvements into the design: Carrying the raglan cables down the sides and into the ribbing, knitting the sleeves in the round (yep, the original pattern advises us to knit them flat, with seams!), and ignoring the buttonholes completely. I've never done it before, but I'm going to machine-sew the buttonholes on this baby. Changing the gauge would have forced me to recalculate the buttonhole placement, which is a lot like doing math. Bleacch. It'll be easier to figure out which rows they belong on after the fact.
Unrelated to buttonholes: They sure did like their necklines high in the 1960's. I didn't modify this one, but I'm thinking I will next time - we who are short of neck can't be too careful. Oh, and did I mention I've fallen prey to the curse of the Yours Truly? I already have at least 3 more versions planned. How could I not when it's so fast to knit? I would never have believed it, but my mom's 10 versions are certainly proof: You can make this sweater in a hurry, no matter how busy you are. I'm still puzzling out the sleeve length, which will be decided by when I run out of yarn. I have one skein left, and I could frog the swatch, too, if I have to. Stay tuned.
And I'm making a Dragon Scarf. Really. Here's a process photo:
Yes, I have actually scotch-taped a pencil drawing to my monitor in order to draw from it in my charting program. It's a whole new benchmark for number of mediums to be working in at once: you can't see it, but I also have the yarn in my lap in this shot. Turns out inventing a celtic knot border is not for the faint of heart. Or the sleep-deprived.
We're gonna need a bigger coffee pot.
In other news, November Mary-Sightings are planned for Knit Fit! in Seattle, WA and A Knitted Peace in Littleton, CO. Details to come. As soon as I knit some sleeves. And stifle a few howling beasts. Which is faster: feeding kibbles to the kids or giving mac & cheese to the dogs? This multi-species menu crap is just slowing me down.