Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Is there a paper shortage I'm unaware of? Has the price of printing ink spiked? Is it really so freaking expensive to print patterns that designers are compelled to cut out that extra paragraph it would cost them to actually write out the directions for the right front of a cardigan? Or do they just take perverse amusement in giving complex line by line directions for the left front, and then dispensing with the right front by writing: "Complete to match left front, reversing shapings."
It sounds simple enough, I know, and maybe it is for someone without my spatial orientation issues. I, however, find it nearly impossible to mentally turn "at end of next row" into "at beginning of next row," while making my "ssk's" into "k2tog's". If I also have to "bind off 6 sts" at the beginning of a purl row instead of the end of a knit row, or--god forbid--reverse a pattern stitch, I may as well start frogging before I begin.
As you may have guessed, I screwed up the right front of Orange. In fact, I did not mess up my "end of row's" or my "ssk's". No--I was so busy making sure I got every freaking "dec 1 st at end of next and 4 foll 4th rows while increasing 1 st at beg of 3rd and foll 8th rows" that I completely missed the directions for "shape front slope" that should have preceded "shape armhole". It wouldn't even be noticeable if I were four inches shorter on the right side than I am on the left.
Needless to say, I'm feeling just a little bit cranky.