Daily Archives: February 12, 2010
Here’s the swatch. I am following Yarn Harlot rules for the Knitting Olympics and am allowed to swatch because that is like training. Since I’m designing this sweater myself, I feel charting also falls in that category. I had planned to knit a traditional gansey just like my first one and did the planning for that using Beth Brown-Reinsel’s magnificent book Knitting Ganseys.I also planned to use the same yarn as before–Cotton Fleece. Kept the yarn because I love it, but last night I had an epiphany. Why not design this gansey as a raglan and test my theories about how to shape it to fit the body better and to eliminate that bulk under the arm? I mean this is really supposed to be a challenge, not just an excuse to knit. So I slept on it and woke up thinking about it and spent the last 5 hours drawing and thinking and here is where I am today.The first 63 rows! The front and back will be identical and will have centered maple leaves in knit/purl pattern to honor the host country Canada. The sleeves will have a snowflake centered down the top of the sleeve. I may change that large knit area on the sides and put in a pattern, but I have a few rows before I have to decide.
After this, it isn’t yet planned. Maybe a ski slope like pattern in the middle section, maybe not. I have 17 days. And if my theory doesn’t work, I’ll need them all, nights,too, to rip and retry. I did much more planning than I usually do before I start knitting so I hope that will teach me something else important.
Now I am sitting around waiting for the Opening Ceremony time so I can cast on and try out my ideas. Wish me luck.
I really hope it doesn’t snow. I want to go to a basketball game in Georgia tomorrow.