So I got back to knitting my frill. I only knit about five more rows when I decided to start another project, a gift. My knitting can be sporadic at times so I decided to start now to have any hope of finishing by Christmas.
It’s going to be the Butterflies are Free scarf from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation. I just got the book the other day and read Decode the Code. At that time I thought it was like someone turned a light-bulb on in my head. But my light-bulb must be faulty because when I read it last night, it made such perfect sense but today when I started knitting this scarf it all went to crap.
So what happened?!
Well in the book the gauge says 16 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in St st.
So “decoding” it I get 4 stitches makes 1″.
So then I look at the gauge on the yarn label. It says 4 sts = 1″.
So I’m like ALRIGHT! I can just start knitting and it’ll be perfect. Nope didn’t happen, it’s not right. It still looks like a scarf, just a really really super skinny one. Now am I not understanding after all? “Decoding” the pattern again when I cast on 12 stitches so that means my scarf should be 3″ wide. Right? But mine was a 1.5″ wide scarf. So I frogged it.
I looked more closely at the directions and the yarn label. In the book it says use US 6 (4mm) needles. On the yarn label it says use US 10 (6mm). So if I switch to US 10 will it be right then? Will it be 3″ wide? Or is that still wrong because the gauge in the book says “in St st” and my yarn label doesn’t say “in St st”. Aaaahhhh now I’m sooooo confused! I’ve taken an imaginary bat to my imaginary light-bulb in my head and smashed it to bits.
Let me introduce you to Monchichi. He was my favorite toy before my pound puppies. When I was little I used to carry him everywhere. I got him as a gift from Olinda when we were very young. I’ve known Olinda since I was six years old but I can’t remember if that’s when she gave him to me. Well Monchichi is all ratty and old now, he has fur missing in places, and he’s all nappy and some of his color has worn away but I still have him, I think I always will. He happily posed for this week’s Illustration Friday. Why is he in a bubble you ask? Well it’s no ordinary bubble. It’s a magic bubble. Yep you heard me right. A MAGIC BUBBLE.
When I was little I would imagine my toys in magic bubbles to protect them. They were perfect for those clumsy moments or for that time when Olinda was mad at me when we were kids and threw Monchichi down the stairs. He was alright though because of his magic bubble.
Aaah…the imaginations of children. I loved him so much. It’s so ridiculous and I can’t believe I’m sharing this but as I was drawing this I had Monchichi in my lap and I would pick him up occasionally to kiss his face just like I did as a child. It’s the kid in me.
This is usually the sight that greets me in the morning. Usually except there’s some toy or other in Nestle’s mouth that she likes dropping on my face. What a wonderful way to awaken.
I don’t usually get this view because Waldo is lazy and knows a good thing when he sees it and is still sleeping. He doesn’t wake up until the food comes.
The yarn store where I learned to knit is closing. Helen told me yesterday and so Alan drove me to San Francisco today to buy yarn. Which I did, balls and balls and balls of yarn. I bought a book too. And Helen got a doggy sweater book. Books we can’t read, they’re in Japanese we think. But they had such cute things that I want to make. I don’t know if I will be able to but maybe I can figure it out. That’s what the shop owner did. She just looked at the pictures.