Monday, December 29, 2008

Groundhog Day, Early

I hope everyone had a good holiday! We hosted here at the Pumpkin abode, for the first time, and it was wonderful, apart from missing a couple of newly-far-flung family members. A trip to Maine to my in-laws for the weekend following completed the celebrations, and we're trying to wade out from under the tidal wave of toys and books that Christmas with 2 small kids brings.

I've slowly been knitting away at my latest sweater project, Neiumarkt. I posted about it a while back and gave you this photo:

About 2 inches further in, I ended up having to rip the whole thing out due to my sudden and acute inability to read. I dutifully started again, and on our drive to Maine made it to the armhole shaping of that front piece. I took a deep breath and spread it out on my lap in the car and stared. It looked a little small. I gave into that sudden sinking feeling and pulled out my tape measure - what was supposed to be 15 inches deep was a mere 12. No problem, I can just add rows, but its looking a little narrow too. I'm knitting the 36" size, going for a little negative ease, as the Brioche stitch is pretty stretchy. My width was 12". I'm all for a clingy sweater, but 24" on my 38" bust might be stretching the limits of decency, if you'll pardon the pun.

Ripping session #2, cast on attempt #3 on larger needles now leaves me with a 40" top - off in the other direction. I'm thinking it is time to put this aside and start something that doesn't feel like I've done it a thousand times already. Something quicker and (hopefully) a little less like work and more like good satisfying knitting. Time to hit my Ravelry queue and find some inspiration!


Blogger Manise said...

Well doesn't that bite?! And that photo has the look of such promise. I'd throw it deep into the bin too. So what's calling you from the queue? How about Tangled Yoke?

5:35 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Ugh. Gauge is cruel. Hmm, how about some lace? A scarf? A blanket? (All gaugeless...)

10:29 PM  
Blogger Seanna Lea said...

It's too bad that the gauge issues were rampant with this, because the color and the look are lovely!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Ouch and double ouch. I love the yarn.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Been there and done that too many times to count. The yarn is absolutely beautiful though!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

That's not fun. How about a scarf :-)

8:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow, and it was such a lovely color, too. No suggestions (I'm sure Ravelry will more than deliver), but I wanted to say it was nice to meet you this week!

6:47 PM  

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