Bad for one’s general health, but good for the knitting progress. Witness:
I have made some good progress, I think. (P.S. I don’t drink coffee during the week. Only diet cola, and only before noon.)
But L-B has made some good progress as well. She reported in the comments that she knitted two-thirds of a sleeve on Monday!!
By the way, it is perfectly acceptable — nay, encouraged — to cheer for both of us.
It is, however, not acceptable to try to convince Lucy that she should try to sabotage my knitting. She is on my payroll and knows on which side her Fancy Feast is buttered. Is this the face of a pushover?
Also by the way, I did use a long-tail cast-on for Inishmore.
While insomnia may be good for progress, a good memory is even better.
I might have mentioned before that I have a photographic memory about certain things. Knitting charts is one of those things.
Sadly, my memory is very selective. And my short term memory is worthless. I can’t remember the name of someone to whom I was just introduced, nor can I remember if I turned the lights off before I left home.
So, we go with our strengths.
Now, the charts for Inishmore look very daunting. But if you break them down into logical parts, you can breeze through them. Well, perhaps not breeze through them, but make things a bit easier.
The number of rows in one repeat of the largest elements is evenly divisible by the number of rows in each of the smaller elements. How I love it when the universe is in harmony.
Most aran patterns work this way. If the largest motif is, say, 24 rows per repeat, the smaller motifs will be 12, 8, 6, or 4 rows per repeat. So that after you complete the largest motif, you will not be in the middle of any of the smaller motifs.
Very rarely do I run into an Aran pattern that doesn’t work this way. When I do, I find it annoying.
The large zig-zag patterns are logical and symmetrical. Basically, all you have to remember is a couple of things — how the twists work, and when pattern reaches its widest point you have to reverse what you are doing to bring it back down to its narrowest point.
And cable twists? all you really need to do is remember on what row you have to do shaping and twists.
As easy as pie, right?
I mentioned that the pattern is symmetrical. The sleeves are mirror images of each other.
The last time I knitted Inishmore, I discovered when I was more than halfway done with the second sleeve that I had knitted the same pattern as the first sleeve, instead of reversing the large motif like I was supposed to. I had to rip the sucker down to the cuff. The whole time cursing myself for being such an Inish-moron.
Hopefully I won’t do the same thing this time. (L-B, I can hear what you are thinking.)
I’ll be at Knit Happens tomorrow (Wednesday May 18th) around 5-7pm, madly knitting on Inishmore. Yeah, you can point and giggle, but if you are within needle’s reach, I reserve the right to stab.
Oh, and I made a page for the Aurora top and slapped the photo up there. The photo is kinda wonky looking but the sweater is quite nice.