Archive for August 11th, 2014

MadelineTosh Sock Yarn in Aura Colorway

MadelineTosh Sock Yarn in Aura Colorway

Sanity arrived in the post on Saturday. My new acquisition of yarnie goodness is MadelineTosh Sock Yarn in the Aura colorway. I’ve started a pair of socks with it for The Skipper. Socks are a comforting and calming knit for me. I find they soothe my soul and calm the rough waters of my life. I am reassured that the universe is not a weight on my shoulders. I do not control all that goes on in it. In fact, I don’t have control over much that happens in life around me. I can only control me, my thoughts, my actions, my responses and that is quite enough, thank you very much.

The “fun”, creative part of the Girl’s 1960s Smock is done. I spent most of Saturday crunching numbers. Knitting math is consuming. Alter one number and a slew of other numbers are effected and need to be altered too. I know there is Excel, but Excel doesn’t give me what I want. I prefer to deal with each size individually. Tinker in specific areas of a size, making sure that in the end, all the parts relate to the whole in the correct proportions for that size. So I use a calculator, pen and paper. In other words, I do it the old way. For me, this is the best way to ensure my numbers are right.

Not only do I deal with the lengths and widths at this point in the design. I also figure the numbers for the amount of stitches and rows for the lengths and widths. The amount of stitches decreased and the rate of those decreases over a set number of rows is also calculated. Increases, and their amount and rate are calculated. Sleeves and sleeve caps are also calculated at this point. As are neck shaping and armhole shaping.

By the time I am done with the knitting math part of a design I know when and where everything happens in the garment. I can knit the garment by just looking at the numbers. All stitches and rows are accounted for and equal their counterparts in inches and centimeters. Pattern numbers and schematic numbers match.

Next, I will tell you how to set up a design range and how to gather the needed measurements.

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