So. Things didn’t go as well as they could have yesterday. I had swatched and thought I was all set. I was worried about following the pattern but not about my yarn choice. Turns out, the pattern is okay, the yarn choice, though? Not so okay. The stuff makes my hands hurt. Really hurt. I guess a swatch of 40 stitches per row doesn’t prepare you for 110 stitches per row in the real world.
I’m still knitting this vest (with different yarn) but not as my Olympic challenge. Challenges are good, injuries, not so good, so I’ll be working on this vest a little at a time.
I’m down, but I’m not out, though. I have a new plan. I’m knitting socks. Now before you jump all over me for selecting something too easy for me, let me tell you which socks I’m knitting. I’ve selected the Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern from the Nancy Bush book Knitting Vintage Socks. I collect Nancy Bush books but I’ve never actually knit a pattern from one. See, socks are my mindless knitting. That’s why I gravitate to simple patterns – stockinette, feather & fan, Jaywalker – easily memorized and I don’t have to pay attention. This pattern, though, is going to require concentration. It’s also going to require some resizing as it’s too small for me the way it’s written.
So, that’s my new Olympic Knitting project. If this one bites me in the ass, too, then I’m done. For now, though, Team Martini carries on.