You know, I have no issue whatsoever with I-cord generally. I’ve made it before; I think it’s a smashing thing that you can knit in the round on a single needle without turning. However. This applied I-cord around the Sheldon shell–by which you connect the shell to the little Underoos that the turtle wears to don the shell–is making me wish I had about two fewer fingers on each hand. I’ve seldom had such a struggle with only four stitches at a time. They’re too tight, they’re too loose, they’re popping off the needle while I’m trying to pick up the edges. Stupid I-cord. Not “I” for “idiot,” but “e” for “effort.” This is taking much more effort than it seems like it should. I promised my older son that I’d knit him one after I finished this one for someone else, and now I’m regretting it. Maybe on the second try, it’s easier.
In other knitting news, I decided to use the second, smaller half of the ball of sock yarn to knit socks for the baby, and just start the other sock for the older kid out of the new ball and try to make them both alike. This is utterly unnecessary; it’s just a little silly game I’m playing with myself. And anyhow, it fits my mandate: use up sock yarn. Plus, the baby can’t keep socks on to save his life. I should knit some that button to his diaper. Hey! I could knit socks that button to his diaper! That would be marvelous. Who says I’m not creative.
I picked up the spring issue of Interweave Knits, and there’s a lot of talk of spring knitting. I tend to tune out when I hear those words together. I don’t generally enjoy working with cotton yarns, and the sweaters are lovely, but I’m still emotionally scarred from the eighties, when I had an enormous collection of awful cotton sweaters, long since released into the wild to ruin someone else’s wardrobe. I went to wool and have only looked back when it became apparent that I had a moth infestation at some point. Which reminds me that if you know anyone who wants some slightly holey wool sweaters to reclaim for something on Etsy, point them my way. I ask only for one of whatever it is they make with them, and they can have the lot for fun and profit.
So, cotton, that’s one problem, and the other is this: I have breasts. The models with the sweaters? Not so much. Now, I know that this is Interweave Knits and not Interweave Cheesecake, but like most women, I keep my breasts in my sweaters, and that means I need sweaters that look like they can accommodate them. Without, if I might ask the world of them while I’m at it, making me look like I’m not so much clothed as slipcovered. That was the great appeal of the Lia sweater. It has extra optional short-row shaping in the bust. Excellent work, that. Could I figure out this kind of thing for myself? Probably. Will I? Come on. If you knew how many things I’m neglecting just to write this much, you’d know that it’s not going to happen. Not before next winter, anyhow.
The issue did offer one thing I liked, though: the En Pointe Pullover. I have a suspicion that many patterns in knitting magazines are based on boxy rectangles instead of more flattering body-hugging shapes because boxy rectangles are easier to knit and therefore more accessible to beginning-to-average knitters. This pattern is a great example of a simple shape that has great drape and flow through using the right kind of yarn and innovative assembly. I’m going to try it in the new Knitpicks yarn Aloft. It looks like just the thing for when it’s too warm for sweaters indoors, but too cold to go outside without one. That’s spring knitting I can get into.