Compulsory sewing classes for all
I have to say that most men I know wouldn't have a clue how to sew on a button, let alone how to get a neat seam between two pieces of fabric, so please tell me why I'm trusting someone to do that to my face. Sewing should definitely be on the school curriculum. I've been trotting back and forth to the hospital a few times in the past week to visit various consultants, I'm finally getting my back and pelvis seen to (halle-freaking-llujah). I'm also having a rather nasty mole taken off my temple. Given the size of the mole, it's going to leave a heck of a scar. Fortunately it's right on my hairline so it shouldn't be too noticeable and I've already had a fringe cut in to hide it. It's going to be like having half a facelift. I know I'm no oil painting, but I didn't quite have being a Picasso in mind.
Talking of things being sewn together in a strange manner, I've just made a rather odd cardigan for baby Scarlett (Yes, she now has a name!). I must admit I'm not very happy about it (the cardigan, not the name). It was the Garter Stitch Cardigan from 'Simple Knits for Cherished Babies' by Erika Knight. I actually decided to abandon the garter stitch altogether as the yarn I chose looked far better in stocking stitch. It was the only pink DK I had in at the time and I was itching to knit something girly. I thought it had a very odd construction. Cast on x sts, knit half the back, cast on extra either side for the sleeves, work so many, turn, knit the fronts with increases for the v-neck, cast off for the sleeves, carry on knitting, cast off, join in to the other side and repeat to match the first. You might think that knitting it in one piece is a bonus, with just the underarm and side seams to sew, but given that the book is aimed at beginners I thought it was a bit complicated to follow if you don't know what to expect.Anyway, here it is. I'm really not sure if Jenny will like it (I'm not super keen on it), but I've sent it on anyway. All of my knitting has a provision - if you don't like it, you don't have to keep it. I'd rather offer a get out clause and be able to pass it on to someone else than to have something stuck in a drawer and never worn.
The yarn is some of the first yarn I ever bought (all by myself out of my pocket money) aged about 10. I think it may have been Patons, I've long since lost the bands but remember it was called Seaspray. I also have 100g in green, 200g in peach and a tiny bit of blue left. It's a boucle yarn, varigated with 2 shades of the colour and white and with a shiny white strand twisted around it.
As I wasn't sure if I had enough to make the cardigan (and my tension was way off), rather than faff about with needle sizes, I decided to scale down the pattern to a smaller size than the one given that would work with my gauge. I did this as I went along rather than by writing it out first and it worked. It's good to keep the old brain ticking over.