I have been knitting, but much of it has been unbloggable. No, I'm not knitting gifts! I am working on a project that I'm hoping to submit to Knitty, though, so I can't share it with you yet.
But just so you don't feel too left out, here is some knitting I can show you.
This is the Dickinson Pullover from the Fall 2007 IK (my favorite-ever issue of any knitting magazine). I love cables. I love the texture and the appearance of movement and the way I feel so unbelievably clever when I execute one successfully, even though I'm just following the pattern. With my spatial orientation issues, the reordering of stitches to form fancy shapes is like a little miracle to me. But it is possible--just possible--that there may be a few too many cables in this sweater. And not only are there cables, but there are also pattern stitches and ribbing and shaping and charts. Oh, yeah. There are charts. Each row has three different charts, which all have different row repeats. Meaning, for each row, you have to figure out which row of each of three different charts you are supposed to be working. This is fun and challenging, but makes this project not terribly suitable for working while supervising children, sipping wine, talking, watching tv, breathing...
There's been a lot of frogging and tinking around here lately. And there may be a small row gauge issue happening, too. I substituted a completely different yarn, of course, and although my stitch gauge is fine, my row gauge is...not. I probably could have figured this out in advance, had I actually swatched in pattern, or even checked my row gauge at any point before completing the back of the sweater, but I didn't. Because this is a raglan sweater, the row gauge matters. One might think I had learned this lesson as a result of my ill-fated Ariann, but apparently, I am a slow learner. I am still telling myself that it's not significant and that an extra inch, or two, or three in the armhole will make no difference in the finished sweater. It will block out, right? And anyway, I hear dolman sleeves are making a comeback.