So we’re in a between rounds pause with the Sock Madness. There’s a need to sort the (crazy number of) first round finishers into teams and get things ready for the upcoming silliness to follow. I can only read those boards and speculate on the next sock for so long (my official guess – sock B)…So as promised, I’ve been working on Tenaya.
I cast this on back in January, and I work on it sometimes, but not often. It’s pretty complicated to deal with – it has multiple cable panels, and then sometimes other things to manage to (like waist shaping or armholes and stuff) so, that ends up being a lot of things (especially if I mess something up!). The rows are also over 300 stitches now, so I also need an amount of time to want to deal with it.
Back in the winter, I printed the pattern, highlighted my size, scanned it and put it into Knitamus, which is my faithful knitting app. I’m honestly not sure I could knit without that thing these days. It’s really mostly an advanced PDF viewer, but I love it. Knitamus means I never have to worry about remembering where I am when I pick things up weeks later, and it easily slides between pages of the pattern now (that was great update!). It also supports my (mostly) paper-free lifestyle.
But, we’ve reached one of those “increases every 4 rows, 5 times” instructions. And even better for me, this is the part of the pattern where I need to transition between sizes for my best fit (if I were a piece of fruit, I’d be a pear, which is funny, because I don’t even like those). SO, on top of keeping track of the cables via Knitamus, I have this extremely well drawn checklist for myself.
Suddenly, when I added that check list, I felt like I was flying through rounds. It gave direction to my knitting. Even though I was adding stitches, the rows are going faster? This is ridiculous. I am way too oriented to feedback like this.
So, I hadn’t measured the sweater at all since the armhole. I figured, there’s a tonne of sweater to knit here, on size US3 (#neveragain) and it’s going to take forever. It’s probably better just not to know how far there is to go. But, last night I got out the measuring tape.
I have about 2.5 inches to go until I get to where I’m meant to start the ribbing (which is also lacey). It should be JUST enough room to eke out the adjustment I want in the waist increases. It also probably won’t be the end of the world if the sweater is a smidge longer than intended. Guys! I think this is gonna be a sweater someday!