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FO: Riverton Tee + MAJOR PATTERN DISCOUNT

[Hey all. Big News! The designer of this tee, Sheila Toy Stromberg, has generously provided a 50% off coupon code for Riverton! This deal ends on May 13th. This is not an affiliate link. I simply love this tee and am grateful to Sheila for a perfect design. Use the code Andrea_Riverton when you check out on Ravelry! $2.50 for this pattern is really a TREMENDOUS deal! It includes two killer video tutorials, so you’ll be all set for smooth knitting. Also, Happy Easter/Passover!]


Dear Lord,

It’s been about a year since I knitted my last top. At the time, it was the Rosemont cardigan by Hannah Fettig and I was having some SSS issues (you remember, Second Sleeve Syndrome).

Anyway.

Here I am, a year later, sick of working on cowls and working up a (somewhat) unplanned and generally impromptu Riverton Tee by Sheila Toy Stromberg. And it’s going marvelously.

For a while, I thought I might run out of yarn or something dramatic like that. But after weeks of fairly monogamous knitting, I crossed that threshold and realized all would be fine. I had faith. Maybe not in you (that’s a more complicated tale for another day), but at least in the amount of yarn (I was using Swan’s Island Fingering in Fig, by the way…good stuff).

So. There I am. Around and around. Bottom to top. I split for the front and back. Worked those up. Easy peasy. Joined the shoulders. Minimal seaming (thank you for that one, Lord…and Sheila). Not to mention, bless Sheila’s heart…she created these FABULOUS video tutorials that come with the pattern. They cleared up any confusion about the tricky bits.

Truly a miracle.

I trimmed out the neckline, skipping the button hole bit and simply joining in the round. What can I say, Lord, I have a small head so it worked. And I have this thing with buttons and buttonholes. Too fussy for me. One more thing to fiddle with and lose, or to generally go wrong. And I think we both know how the universe already has a tendency to lean toward Things Going Wrong, so let’s just minimize that whenever we can, right?

I worked up one sleeve. It went quickly. The end was in sight. The stray bits of yarn were already woven in and there was just one sleeve left to go.

The angels were harking, if you know what I mean. (I think you know what I mean.)

I ignored my family for an entire afternoon and worked up the second sleeve. Excited. Nearly done. A knitter with momentum should always stick with said momentum. It’s like a Law of Physics for knitters. When the going’s good, don’t stop. Remember that one, Lord. It’ll get you places. Or, at least, it’ll get you a sweater.

Do you wear sweaters?

Here’s the thing, Lord: I finished that second sleeve. I looked at it. Then I looked back to the first sleeve.

You know where I’m going with this, right?

They didn’t look quite the same. One was a bit smaller (the first), and one was a bit smaller (the last). I measured to be sure my eyes weren’t fooling me. (They weren’t fooling me.) The hopeful knitter in denial can sometimes un-see actual mistakes so they can just move on to the next project without having to GO BACK and fix the mistake.  It’s not uncommon. Trust me on that one.

My problem was thus: I didn’t know which sleeve I had screwed up. Was the first too small, or was the second too large? Which to fix?

You’d be proud of me on this one. I went with my gut. You’ll call that, faith, right? (I had a vague recollection of a seemingly out of place stitch marker near the end of working the second sleeve, so maybe we can split the difference and call this one an educated hunch…).

This is where a possibly sordid tale gets a happy ending.

I unraveled that second too-big sleeve and reknit it. That’s the good thing about knitting tees: the sleeves are small and knitting them doesn’t take nearly as long as working up an entire sweater sleeve.

Trade-offs. That’s where it’s at.

You know what?

It worked!

The sleeves matched. The tee blocked. It fit (I’ve goofed that one before, too, but no one’s perfect…have mercy on thy self, right?).

I love my Riverton. In fact, I’m wondering if you can have a word of two with the weather gods and see if something can be done about this ceaseless rain? I’d like the sun to come out so I can wear my new tee. Please.

I’ll owe ya one.

I wouldn’t mind a whole bunch of Rivertons in various shades in fibers. This tee is that perfect and all-purpose. I know wardrobe issues probably aren’t your biggest priority. (I get it. And, I agree. Poverty and misery should definitely come first. Let’s get on those, for sure). Maybe after we solve world hunger, we can get back to that Riverton issue, okay?

Thanks.

(And thanks to Sheila for an AWESOME design.)

Don’t forget to take advantage of Sheila’s 50% discount code. Use Andrea_Riverton when you check out on Ravelry. Good through May 13th. 

You Weren’t Expecting This, Were You!

Yep. It’s a tee.

After knitting four cowls this year (and a pair of socks), I got sick of going ’round and ’round and knitting the same old thing.

I was bored.

And apparently off my rocker one night when I went diving into my stash (which isn’t much of a dive because it isn’t much of a stash…) and found two skeins of Swans Island fingering that I snagged last April during my annual birthday yarn acquisition extravaganza.

Here’s how I feel about yarn: once it’s been hanging out in my closet for a year, I get anxious. I need to use it. It becomes an inexplicable compulsion.

And that’s how I ended up (finally!) casting on Riverton, even though I am still going ’round and ’round with hardly a decrease or increase in sight. At least the yarn is a different color.

I’ve used Swans Island before (when I knit up Tulipland), and I’m a big fan. You get a lot of yarn in a skein at a fair price. It’s soft, and the color palette is right up my alley. Here’s the thing I did learn about this stuff: it grows when you block it. Like, really grows (as in the way my tummy grows after I eat too many brownies).

It’s astonishing. 

Yes, I blocked my swatch to attempt to account for said growth. 

I’ve done all the math.

It should work out.

Because I hate it when I select the wrong size to knit!

Still, I know there’s trouble in my future. Swatches lie. Nothing is ever easy like it should be. And my tee so far looks suspiciously large (even though I have had my gauge independently reviewed by a qualified expert in the field).

Also: I have this sinking feeling I am going to run out of yarn.

I’ve done it again: gone and replaced my boredom with stress.

Figures. 

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