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Archive for August 17th, 2008

The problem is that we attempt to solve the simplest questions cleverly, thereby rendering them unusually complex. One should seek the simple solution.

Anton Pavlovich Chekohov

“Nauka”

Yes, I have finally found solutions to my most pressing knitting dilemmas.

First up the baby sweater. The problem was finding an edging that would work both at the sleeves and bottom edge of the sweater. I wanted an edging that was clearly feminine, would not require knitting gymnastics, or be overly frilly.

ruffle edge

ruffle edge

The ruffle edge minus the eyelets and worked on a smaller scale goes nicely with the yarn and my gauge. The adjustments I made make it dainty enough to look good as a sleeve edging too. I have 2 patterns in mind for the transition from edge to sweater body stitch. I will have to see which works best. Both are very simple to knit yet visually interesting.

Before I cast on, though, I need to rework some of the numbers in the schematic.  Sleeve cap and armscye need to be recalculated.  I want to go with a fit-in sleeve so I need to redo the armhole depth, etc.  Do I feel a migraine coming on? You betcha! I am not fond of math and math is not fond of me. Put that truth together with this is my first time ever designing an armhole and sleeve cap and it’s an equation for trouble. But let me not project.

The second knitting dilemma concerned the mitered square baby blanket. It pretty much solved itself. I was debating on how to fit the squares together to create a nice color pattern.  I put the blanket squares aside to take the dogs for a walk. When I went to pick them up again I noticed the color pattern they were making. A little tweaking here and there and the issue was resolved. It is a simple but nice pattern.

These two dilemmas really kind of worked themselves out. But first I had to release my strangle hold on the problems.  I had to let go. A friend told me a long time ago that the way you work a knot out of your yarn is not by pulling it tight but by relaxing and loosening it. She said figuring out problems worked the same way. Relax and let go. The answer will appear.

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