Believe it or not, I have been knitting, though it seems I don’t have much to show for it.
I’ve made it past the ribbing on my Summertime Tunic, finally, and am now onto what many have lovingly described as “miles of stockinette.” It’s true that this is a good activity while reading or watching TV, but I do get a little tired of it.
The ribbing looks different from most 1×1 ribbing I’ve done, and I suspect this is to do with knitting in the round. It looks better when stretched, so I’m not worried.
As for the baby sweater (see how the “baby set” has been temporarily downgraded?), I regret to say that no progress has been made.
This is what I was greeted with when I attempted to extract it from my knitting pile. That is parts of the top-down raglan mingled with a very sad, frustrating attempt to unravel the first sweater I knit with this yarn (also, the nicely-matched button thread I found back in May).
Upon dissection, it reveals two separate entities: yarn spaghetti and the sweater. The yarn spaghetti took an inordinate amount of time and blue language, and as it turns out the yarn is all frazzled and strangely textured anyway. I’m not sure I’d want to knit with it again, as I can’t imagine it having adequate stitch definition or a nice appearance.
The sweater itself suffers a major problem. Can you see where I picked the stitches back up for the sleeve? Not a pretty join.
I thought that maybe I could cover that with some embroidery, but I realize the underarm is a disaster as well. It’s possible to rectify it somewhat from the inside, but I worry that I won’t have enough yarn to finish this and the second sleeve anyway.
Mostly, since I will probably have to buy still more yarn for this project anyway, I’m tempted to knit a blanket instead, even though its intended recipient is well past the swaddling stage. Toddlers use blankets, right? An additional concern is that if I don’t get this sweater to them almost immediately, baby Gabriel will never have a chance to wear it before he outgrows it – it may be too small already.
So, quite a pickle, and not one that I’m looking forward to sorting out. Add to this the fact that I can’t find my fifth DPN, and this is one aggravated knitter.