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The Knitting! Oh!

May 17, 2006

It's funny how much I think about the knitting. I read my magazines. I flip through my patterns. I fondle my yarn. I organize my needles. I read the blogs. I even talk to my husband about it, but I doubt he's even listening. The thing about the knitting, I haven't knit a stitch in days! Yet I'm constantly preoccupied with the ideas in my head.

I cast on for Kate Gilbert's Pea Pod Baby Set (pdf), a free pattern from IK, about a week ago.  It's my first real sweater (I did a bottom-up, seamless raglan – don't think it counts for a real sweater – no seaming) and the first time I'm knitting from a chart.  So I can't just knit for a bit while the kids are sleeping or busy.  I need to completely concentrate one hundred percent while I'm working on it.  I've knit two rows.

I realized that there are symbols in the chart that I don't know what to do with.  I figure that I can just knit to that point and the symbols might make sense once I get there.  Who knows.  The other thing is that when the kids are sleeping or otherwise busy, I'm tired and all I want to do is sleep or stare at the television listlessly not thinking about a damn thing (other than to wonder whether Veronica Mars will make it to the CW).

Last year, my first year as a knitter, I took the entire summer off leading my husband to believe that there is a definite knitting season.  Not so this year.  I have become infatuated and come hell or high water I will figure out this pattern, knit from a chart, take pictures, show off my progress, discuss it with myself ad nauseum, AND FIGURE OUT THIS PEA POD THING BEFORE THE MAG GETS TOO BIG TO WEAR IT. 

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  1. May 24, 2006 10:14 am

    I had the same problem with Pea Pod. They’ve fixed the chart. You should go to the website and print a new copy.

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