This is Going to Take Forever

This poncho is going to take forever. As in: possibly to be finished by 2050. Although things are progressing with more gusto now that I finally settled on the final number of stitches to cast on.

First there was a wee bit of 120 stitches. Too many? Frog.

Then there was a second go using 90 stitches. Too narrow? Frog.

Now there are 100. Perfect? Time will tell.

Apparently swatching will only get you so far.

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Next time I won’t be so passive after casually entering my LYS and announcing that I need 1,000 yards (914 m) of grey yarn, “DK or Worsted,” and happily shrug when I am instead offered 1,000 yards of Sport.

It’s not all the same. Not at all.

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This particular stitch pattern requires a bit of cabling two out of every eight rows. This means I knit three rows all happy and dreamy. Knit knit knit. Purl purl purl. Blood pressure down. Bliss. Then I hit my row of holding stitches in back (or front, as the case may be.) Teeth tight. Blood pressure up. The aging process is accelerated.

I just broke down and bought my first ever cable needle*. The one with the notch in the middle. It’s arriving on Friday. I am trying to decide what gift to shower the UPS man with. Fresh squeezed ice cold lemonade, maybe. Or cookies?

I’ve been making due with my usual method of slipping a couple of stitches onto a double pointed needle. This was after You Tubing various methods purporting to teach one how to cable without a cable needle. But try as I might to squeeze here and twist there, I can’t figure it out. I am hopeless. My fingers only offer up so much coordination.

Usually the double pointed needle works well enough, but everything seems so extra slippery this go-around. So I am upping my game: a cable needle with a notch. I figure it’s my best hope. I am sick of picking up stitches that try to run away from me as if I am the Wicked Witch of the West.

(Insert cackle laugh.)

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In other fronts, I FINALLY started a Ravelry group for This Knitted Life. Please join! As a first matter of business, I am seeking volunteers to test knit my newly-named Linto Creek Cowl (otherwise known as the Yak-Tacular success). I lacked modeled photos when I wrote my original blog post but have added a couple pics to the Ravelry forum so potential test knitters can inspect how it wears on a human. That always helps. If you are interested in the test knit, you can also just shoot me an email. (My contact information is at the top of this page.)

I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and thinking she must be having that baby girl awfully soon now. I am still outstanding on my baby shower gift! Eep! The good news is that I know what I am going to make. On the reading front, I have picked All the Bright Places* by Jennifer Niven back up after being distracted by some wait-list library books with tight check out windows.

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