Snowbird just ain’t flyin’

The Snowbird cardigan has been depressing me mightily. It is surprisingly difficult to work on. Aran weight yarn? Thick needles? Stocking stitch? It should have been easy!

In practice, the yarn is really not at all elastic. Each stitch is difficult to form. The whole piece has been quite stiff, and awkward to manipulate. The weight of it all on the cable is causing pain in my wrists. The whole process is very slow indeed and I seem to be making little progress. Not yet at the armholes — and I’m travelling downward!

Time to step back and take a considered viewpoint.

  • I am not going to give up
  • I want this cardigan
  • The characteristics that are making it difficult to knit are what will make the FO a desirable garment
  • I have certainly done more work than I think that I have…
  • …or, to turn that on its head, there is less effort in front of me than I might have been thinking.

It is true that there is a very long way to go, but I do believe that it is going to become easier very shortly:

  • I have just 14 rows to go before I attack the first sleeve
  • After that, I deal with less stitches per row
  • The total stitch count will go down (from 270)…
  • …the sleeves will be decreased as I knit downward…
  • …and although the front stitches increase, I’ll be knitting back and front without the sleeve counts in each row
  • The whole piece will get bigger and heavier, but will support its own weight on my lap, instead of dangling in mid air and feeling so heavy
  • The fabric is becoming more flexible as it gets larger

Here is where we are up to:

I would love to say that I intend to reach the sleeves today but those 14 rows are going to take a long time to execute and I should be limiting the amount of time that I spend doing them on a daily basis, to reduce the pain in my wrists.

It will soon be time to assess whether this project can be completed by 20 July. If not, I’ll draw stumps – and start on something new — and more achievable.

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Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

We just met our first Spanish self service fuel, there has always been an attendant whenever we have fueled up on previous visits. The machine took the card, asked which pump (!?), what fuel, and how much. It chucked the ticket out, said something in Spanish, and then failed to provide any diesel. We are… Continue reading October 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

October 21, 2020 at 10:55AM

Time to go. Pastures new tonight, another revisit tomorrow. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020