- Pattern: Cable and Teddybear Sweater from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino book.
- Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 3 skeins off-white, 1 skein stone, 1 skein chocolate
- Needles: US2 and US3 (3.00mm and 3.25mm)
- Started: Apr '07. Finished: Aug 29, '07.
So, if you've been reading the blog this year, you know I have had a love/hate relationship with this sweater. Actually, just a hate/hate relationship until right now, when it is completely finished and beautiful, and I can love it. The problems lay in the pattern...
To begin with, I am a knitter who prefers to follow charts for things like intarsia and cables. While this pattern does provide a chart for the teddy bear and a chart for the more complex cable, it writes out all of the rest of the piece in row by row directions, which I cannot stand. I find it way too easy to get lost in all of the "k2, p2, RT, p2, k6, p2..." To make matters worse, after completing the Back, the directions for the Right and Left fronts simply tell you to do the corresponding "half" of the Back - by reading the Back directions as such: read the first half of the Right Side row directions and read the last half of the Wrong Side row directions (and vice versa for the other front). Now, to help you out, she gives you nice little asteriks to denote the halfway point of each row - - for the first 24 rows only! For some reason Ms. Bliss, or her editors, decided that the rest of the 80 some rows didn't need the asteriks, leaving the knitter to figure out where the halfway point is every time they read a new line!
I grant that this really isn't anything an advanced knitter can't handle with some thinking and possible plotting out on paper, but it made for a lot of wasted time every time I picked the project back up, as I had to re-orient myself as to which halves of the rows I was following, etc etc. What this pattern really, truly needs, and what I'm sure they couldn't provide because of layout constraints, is a full chart of the entire back. Then there could be a line down the middle that denoted the halfway mark, making the Right and Left Fronts clear.
(FYI - if you're contemplating doing this sweater, check out my earlier note about an error on the teddy bear chart)
So my final conclusion? Damn that Debbie Bliss! And damn her freaking cute designs because you know I'll be doing another one, even after all my frustration with this one sweater. I can't help it. They just turn out to be too adorable when they're done. Next DB project? A bolero (from DB Baby Cashmerino Book 2), like the one Mallory received from Julia, out of Lana Grossa Cool Wool in Clouds, #741.
Long post today. But before I go I have to show you my latest acquisition from Fiber Denn:
Meet Zebrato II, colorway Beach Jr. This yummy hand-dyed sock yarn stripes. Can't wait. Also pictured are some dyed root buttons my mom found for me on vacation in Sisters, OR. Very cute little town, great shopping, wonderful quilt and yarn store, great hand-spun store. We had a very relaxing time and I'll probably sprinkle some pictures from our trip into my next few posts.
Last: Here is Mallory at work with me at the store. We have spent several hours in the last few days updating the store, re-arranging merchandise, and making way for new things. I go back officially on the 11th, so wish me luck!