Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Two stitches forwards, one stitch back...

I finished the front of the Silk Tweed Sweater, joined the shoulders with the recommended three needle castoff, picked up and knitted the neckband, cast that off, tacked the sides together and tried it on.

Hmmm....well, the short row shaping I added to the pattern works well for us big-busted girls, I agree. Trouble is it adds quite a lot of extra rows and...well, this leaves the notch neckline a bit high and dry. Nearly up at the top of the breastbone on me, as it happens. Not good. If there`s one thing that doesn`t work on busty girls it`s an apologetic neckline. We need depth, we need drama, we need cleavage...or at least, we need a non-apologetic neckline.

So I unpicked all the finishing and ripped the front down to the armhole shaping and I will try again. I did hesitate...but it was just going to be such a non-event of a neckline and I`d never have worn it. And the decision had to be made now, because the sleeves start on stitches picked up round the armholes.

But I`m going to knit something else for the rest of the evening, like a nice soothing and undemanding sock. I`d actually done a few rows of the sock while sitting looking at the unsatisfactory Silk Tweed Sweater so I could mull over what to do. I did know if I just rolled it up and put it into my knitting basket like that there was a fair chance I`d never have taken it out again, so it had to be either frogged and the stitches made ready just to start knitting again, or that I`d have to pick up the first sleeve stitches and knit a few rows. I hate taking disaster areas out the basket a few days later and start by having to fix the disaster, don`t you?

Apart from the Silk Tweed Sweater, very little knitting has been done. April is a busy month for gardeners and that goes double if you have an allotment. The weather has warmed up amazingly over the last two weeks and things are starting to grow. (Weed things...but it shows the soil is warm.) So it is planting and sowing time, and I have been spending every possible daylight moment getting the allotment sown and all the other little jobs that can`t be done when it`s cold. Plus all the little jobs that were overlooked.

We have a new family a couple of allotments down the row from mine. The middle daughter is a friend of Mairi`s from nursery, so I know the mum a little. Every day she chats to me at the nursery gate, immaculate manicure, immaculate hair, beautiful clothes on a great figure. I`d hate her if it wasn`t for the fact that she`s a really, really nice person. Her Hubby (film-star good looks) and three gorgeous daughters are super nice too.
But when it comes to working an allotment they have not got one clue. They`ve had it since last autumn and have been up half a dozen times total. At the moment every allotment patch in the whole place is being worked at frenetic speed, except their`s. I talked to her today, told her she was missing the planting season. She said she didn`t like taking the kids up when it was cold and she didn`t like them getting muddy. She and Hubby would be getting started as soon as it was warmer.
I explained about seed sowing being seasonal, that you needed to sow a seed several weeks if not months before you attempted to harvest the plant, about getting things done at the right time. She was politely incredulous. Seasons? You can buy any veg in the supermarket all year round. Surely this means that they grow all year round too?

They won`t last long...I give them till June.....


Sharon said...

As hard as it is it is better to frog it and finish it than leave it as is and never wear it!!!!

Oh yes I am speaking from a hard learnt lesson :(

Wye Sue said...

Sounds like they are going to have an interesting wildlife garden !
Too wet to plant outside but conservatory seedlings growing well - spuds might make it to soil at weekend :-)

Anonymous said...

Ah, gardening. It reminds me of when my nephew and his wife moved into a house whose previous owners had been big gardeners (like with a half-acre of vegetable gardens). First, the new couple roto-tilled the entire thing, which causes asparagus to crop up randomly throughout, later on. Then they planted seeds and seedlings. Oh, maybe an entire packet of zucchini and cucumber, a few dozen tomato plants, and such. Seeds are so tiny, what could be the problem?

They had a very long and arduous summer and are probably still eating the canned remains of what they planted maybe 10 years ago.

Live and learn.

Swanknitter said...

Sounds like about 60% of the people who gardened with us when we rented a plot. Full of plans in the spring, some even planted things but weeds quickly took over when it all became too much hard work.

zippiknits...sometimes said...

They won't last long. In June it will be all the bugs.

Here we can almost grow anything all year, but not quite and it's lots warmer and sunnier.

Oh frogging. I agree with what Sharon said. Hope that you don't have another frogging on that yarn though but it looks like it's under control.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog by Googling Silk Tweed Sweater. I am going to begin knitting the pattern. Is the ribbing correct in the pattern?

Spinningfishwife said...

Hi Diana, Yes, the rib pattern is correct. It`s not a classic rib but comes out looking like columns of stockinette alternating with columns of seed stitch. Not a very stretchy type of rib, but it looks pretty.

HTH. Sorry I couldn`t email you direct, but my comments don`t give me a return contact email.