At the Still Point of the Turning World
Residency is over, NOW what? (While I'm waiting for the answer, I'll get some spinning done....)

Monday, July 29, 2002


Check out this UFO:

These are the pieces of Livingstone Studio's raglan v-neck pullover design entitled "Sophie," which appeared in Rowan #30. The yarn is Rowanspun Aran, in a color called Caviar which looks almost exactly like dryer lint--albeit designer dryer lint.

All the pieces are knit up, but I'm absolutely stymied by the prospect of sewing them up. The design called for the front v-neck to be finished in two strips that form the neck edge. Somehow these are meant to be sewed to the back piece and to the raglan sleeves. I've tried--halfheartedly--to piece the parts together once or twice, and each time I end up putting the whole project aside.

Oh, and this is what the sweater is supposed to look like:

(Adorable, isn't it?)

Why do some patterns seem so unnecessarily complicated? I think this sweater could have easily been made like a regular raglan with stitches picked up along the neck edge at the end. Or as a raglan knit in the round, with the cable up the front converted into a circular pattern. In fact, it was frustration with this sweater that compelled me to start the Fascination circular sweater, with its minimal finishing.

I ought to tackle the sewing-up again, but every time I look at the pile of pieces, I think it's a case of all the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Sophie back together again.

Any words of encouragement will be appreciated....