Triumph: Despite suffering a major setback, after two months of tv-, car-, and social-knitting I finally finished the seemingly endless stockinette body of Abi at about 10:30 last night. I was so excited by the prospect of adding the sleeves and beginning the cabled yoke that I decided to begin right then. This may have been a lapse in judgment.
Tragedy: The process did not turn out to be as simple as I first anticipated. Recall that the pattern is written for flat construction and I am knitting it in the round. Consider that to eliminate seams you must alter stitch counts and use different construction techniques. Also take into account that I decided to attach the sleeves and increase for the yoke in the same row and you might have some idea of why I ran into trouble.
Triumph: A couple of hours, a glass of wine, and several failed attempts later, I successfully attached the sleeves to the sweater and ended up with the right number of stitches. Win, win.
Tragedy: Even after a good night’s sleep, this morning it took three tries to get the cables placed around the yoke to my satisfaction. I should have waited until after I’d had my first cup of tea.
Triumph: The cables are evenly dispersed and strategically placed and the yoke is well on its way. Abi may become a sweater yet.
On a more somber note, tomorrow we celebrate Remembrance Day. In addition to observing a minute of silence at 11:00 am, Canadians wear poppies to commemorate the memory of our fallen heroes.
Lest we forget.