No, this has not become a fast-food blog. Though ramen noodles do have their advantages. I did a fair amount of knitting on the lavender sleeve this week. Unfortunately “work” does not always translate to “progress”. I mentioned in my previous post that the armhole on the finished and blocked body is a little bigger than the pattern measurements. I will have to change the sleeve dimensions a little to make the sleeve cap fit into the armhole. Then I decided I want the sleeves just a little bit longer than the original pattern (I have gorilla-length arms). Sweater Wizard makes it possible to change every single dimension in the pattern on the schematic picture of the sweater; when you hit “enter” it changes the pattern instructions accordingly. I love this software! The original pattern instructions for the sleeve instructions were something like “increase every 4 rows 18 times, then every 6 rows 6 times”. The new instructions were to “increase every 4 rows 25 times”, then go to the every 6 rows part. I had just finished all the increases using the previous set of instructions, and briefly considered just doing more “every 6 row” increases, but figured I would end up with a sleeve that dragged to my knees. So I ripped it out back to the every 4 rows part and am ready to go again. You still with me?? Here is the ramen noodles part:
I rolled some of it back up before I took the picture, but 30-some rows of ripped out cotton yarn looks like purple ramen noodles to me. The good news is that I didn’t wait to decide to change this until I had finished both sleeves. Now I just have to remember what I did when I get to the second one.
Here is the non-knitting picture of the day:
My Christmas cacti appear to be confused about the season.
You might have noticed a new link over in the Webrings and Buttons section on the left. I decided in a moment of temporary insanity to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). This group of truly berserk people commit every November to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. This started in 1999, and this year so far there are over 39,000 people who have signed up. I didn’t decide to do this until the last couple of days in October, so I’m a bit behind on my word count. 50,000 words in 30 days means about 1667 words a day. As I’ve never written a novel before, this should be highly entertaining. I did convince my husband that I needed a laptop computer in order to complete this task. I will never hear the end of it if I don’t get to 50,000 words. If you join and start writing tonight, you only have to do 2083 words a day to get there…any takers??