I went by the Vietnamese restaurant last night to show the finished CDS to Chris. Unfortunately, it was his night off, but the waitress that I usually get wanted to see the sweater. When I laid it out on the table for her, she cocked her head and said, “It’s a little small, isn’t it?”

Being perpetually nervous about guage, I started telling her about how I’d checked the guage before I started, I really had, and I changed needles to make it work, and it seemed about right for another two-year old who’d been in the Yarn Barn when I was working on it, and . . .

She interrupted me and asked if it was for Chris’ daughter. I said yes. She laughed and said that she’d thought it was for him.

Great. Give me a freaking panic attack, lady. Anyway, he should get to see it tonight. I’d still like to find a tag for it and sew it inside the neck before I hand it over.

After dinner, I went home and watched Plunkett & Macleane while working on the first sleeve of the Aran. I feel SO much better since I ripped it out and started over. I still need to use a counter to keep track of where I am in the windblown cable, which makes me feel rather stupid. A lot of the knitters I’ve talked to say that by the time they’ve repeated a cable pattern a couple of times, they’ve got it memorized. Well, my brain just does not seem to work that way. And it’s very hard for me to look at the previous rows and figure out where I am. I think I get confused by the row of stitches that’s on the needles when I’m counting; I can’t figure out if I’m supposed to include that row in counting or not. I need a new math unit for my head.

Anyway, I got about an inch done on the sleeve. The Aran is beginning to look less like a dickey and more like a sweater in progress. I’m very happy with it.

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  1. Lisa Says:

    I am working on a hat with seed stitch and cables. Until I made spreadsheet (i am such a nerd) and typed out the pattern stitch by stitch and row by row, I had an incredibly difficult time following the pattern. Now it’s been smooth sailing.

  2. Daphne Says:

    David, whatever it takes to help you along is what is best for you. I can memorize a cable pattern fairly easily..however the lace I have to read word by word and mark down on a piece of paper each row. I use safety pins on my aran right now to count every 10 rows so I won’t have two different sized sides. It works well..the ones without the coil.

    Hope the bike riding has been going well!

  3. Brent Says:

    I am glad to here that things are working out for you again on the Aran. I have been following your progress, even though I haven’t posted a comment before. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  4. Kaetchen Says:

    Unless I use counters, there’s so much cursing that even the cat won’t hang out. If the cable’s especially detailed, line by line hatch marks are a must. Pretty much every project I take on travels with me to and from work, friends’ houses, etc. – so keeping track can be difficult. I say use whatever method works best for you.

  5. David Says:

    I use stitch counters in the form of knitting abaci, as described in this post. They are a HUGE help. I can’t imagine going back to pen and paper.

  6. Stacey Says:

    I have had as many as 4 stitch counters on my needles. How is that for pathetic? At that point I have trouble remebering which tally was counting what.

  7. Katxena Says:

    I don’t use a counter when I work cables. I use a pen and paper — how’s that for archaic? I keep track of the row counts & pattern repeats for each cable separately. Harsh marks are the only way I can do that.

  8. Larry Says:

    So what’s so bad about using a row counter? Right now I’m doing a cable that has a 26 row repeat. There’s no way I’m going to bother trying to figure out what comes next. Actually I’m using a yellow legal pad which not only helps me see where I am but will also give me the total number of rows I’ve worked so that the front and back will match. I don’t think that every new thing that comes down the pike is necessarily better than what has gone before. Like I use a cable needle and I don’t do socks on two circulars. I will try toe up sock knitting though. Anything to avoid Kitchener stitching.

  9. Technogranny Says:

    This is totally of subject. How far is the yarn barn from Boerne? I used to purchase from them when the store was in the Castle Hills area. I like reading your blog. Like to see more pictures.

  10. Kaetchen Says:

    D, don’t forget to take a few pictures before handing it over!