Miss Dashwood is still at the spa. After a nice soak in the tub last evening, she's recuperating, resting, reclining, realigning. It's doing her a world of good! The last tie has been knit and she ought to be feeling more put together by tomorrow.
You'd think I'd have worked on Cromarty then, wouldn't ya? Nope. In October, I took delivery of two bags full of Filatura Di Crosa Zar One from Elann. The intended use was to knit one more of this sweater (from last winter's VK) in each of these colors at the request of Katie & Ali. I had some delusional thought back then that I might even have one, if not two, finished by Christmas. Oh, what wild things we think sometimes, huh? It is a quick-knit sweater, but I had my problems with this pattern and, since they wanted them in the size smaller than the first, I could foresee more wrangling. It's "Golden Tan" for Ali on the left, "London Cobblestone" for Katie on the right. Naturally, they'll be able to trade!
I had so many problems with the pattern, in fact, that I basically re-wrote the whole thing while knitting the first sweater, using what useful written information could be gleaned and by examining the photo. Trial and error. I can't even remember how many times I frogged back to the ribbing to restart the pattern, hoping that I was on the right track -- it was a lot. I was bound and determined to do it, though; impatient to wait for corrections to be posted, so stubbornly forged ahead. It was one of those "I learned a lot" experiences.
So, it's "Golden Tan" on the needles. And there was wrangling, but I think I'm on-track now. While perusing the many notes and things stuffed into the magazine from the previous effort (reacquainting myself with anguish?), I came across a small scrap of paper on which I'd drawn a series of numbered, horizontal lines and groups of Xs in 2s, 4s and 6s.
I had a moment right then.
Whad'Ya Know?* It's a chart. It's a chart and I made it myself. And, I made it long before I had thoughts of knitting St. Brigid; before I'd ever seen the charts within Aran Knitting; before I "realized" that I've never knit from a chart before so I better practice (and thus Galway hats were born). It's kind of funny to look back to late May and read about how intimidated I was by those charts.
I was astounded at how much of a chart I'd actually made and how quickly I'd forgotten about my little, scrappy chart when a big, burly, published book with real, official, printed charts landed on my kitchen table! I had numbered all the horizontal lines in the right margin, later adding the word "even" to the left margin at all the even-numbered rows; the Xs represented the three different cables in the pattern, made up of 2, 4 or 6 stitches, and I'd placed the individual groups of Xs on the odd-numbered rows where they were to be worked. I kept looking at that scrap last night and thinking, Man, this couldn't be more like a "real" chart if I'd tried! It's just really weird to realize that not only did I already know how to knit from a chart, I'd actually already made one!
*So, Whad'Ya Know? (Michael Feldman says, Not Much. I love this show.)