Flaum. sigh. I've finally reached the second sleeve. I feel as if I've been working on this sweater half my life. The fisherman ribbing is finished. yay! what a pain! The pockets are in (although not attached until after blocking.) wooo-whooo! The sleeves on double points are not. boo.
I was reading a blog earlier this week and Meredith had many of my same laments....hers resulted in five lovely large balls of yarn that will someday be something else. Flaum won.
I know I'll love this sweater. Actually, I already do. It's simple, cropped, swingy....and of course, grey. I've tried it on (of course I have) and it's good (although my tubular cast-off was a bit wonky in the beginning and needed a good 'adjustment' which fortunately worked....ripping that out would have been reason enough to ditch the whole project!!! surely, I've done that cast-off before???????)
It just looks so silly with the skinny ribbed sleeves and ribbed, puckery pockets. (That's why I keep stopping to try it on. Yep. Still looks fine ON...still looks ridiculous OFF.) I know a good blocking will work the same miracle for this ribbing as it does for lace. It will, won't it? (please confirm this...please?)
Flaum will be done this week. In spite of dozens (literally) of other things on needles scattered willy-nilly around the house, none are screaming to be worked on. Flaum has no immediate competition. (This could dramatically change any minute as we all know.)
It's probably taken as long as it has to knit thus far, because even though I knew it was NOT a good idea, I tried to read while knitting. Fisherman ribbing (how many k1b did I miss??!?) ...plain ribbing (pockets)...then fisherman again resulted in missing the change---and of course, needing to rip back. Then, the ribbing got off when, after a decrease round I had k1, p1, a k2 (stuck in the middle), p1, k1, p1 ---the k2 I totally missed which mucked up the rest of the whole round. (blah, blah, blah, blah)
A Gentleman in Moscow was totally worth all the knitting angst it caused. You would think a book that takes place over decades in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow...our hero is on house arrest...couldn't have action, intrigue, and mystery---and you would be so wrong. Great story. Well written. Read it!
My book club (which I can't attend because I now have class when they meet) is reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I found it in the public domain and started it yesterday (it's nothing like I thought it would be)...and then my internet connection went south. If I have time to get to the library or bookstore today I'll solve this problem. I need a BOOK in hand. With pages to turn.
And a reason to use a bookmark!