A lucky confluence of events helped me stumble onto an idea that has probably been around for quite some time.
One of the things I had to do for the Tour last week was print up a list of phone numbers for all the contacts and emergency numbers and then laminate them to create cards that all the tour volunteers could carry with them.
When I was looking through Cheryl Oberle’s Folk Vests I noticed that the cable instructions are given as charts, not as “k2,c4b,p4,k4” &c. as they are in Two Sticks and a String. The charts look much easier to read, so I decided to transcribe my cable directions to charts and get them laminated.
Which is what I did last night:
I put the charts on a keyring with their pattern names written on the back with a Sharpie. As I knit the next row, I’ll slip the keyring in place of one of my stitch markers, and then my embryonic sweater will be completely self-contained for a while. I don’t need to refer to anything else at least until June.
I’ve got another small project in mind to help me fix problem in the Aran. If you look at the Saxon Braid sections above, you’ll notice that there are two points, one in front and one in back, where I crossed a cable the wrong way. It’s pretty far back, and I know that it’s fixable, but I’m going to test it by knitting up the pattern in some throwaway yarn complete with the error, then ripping down with a crochet hook and making careful notes as I go.