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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Understanding a knitting pattern

I started knitting a jumper on Friday and have already finished the back and started the front.  The pattern is very easy for the most part as there is no waist shaping.  It's a mass of 4 by 2 rib up to the raglan shaping but I did trip up a bit on the instructions. 

Here is the line:
Work 10 rows dec 1 st at each end of 1st and every following 2nd row.

At first I couldn't fathom it. Then I thought it meant decrease on rows 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 and wondered why it would have me be bonkers and decrease on wrong sides in such a seemingly random fashion.  I checked how many stitches would be decreased overall - from 86 down to 76 = 10 stitches.  So that's two stitches each on five rows.  Lightbulb! It means decrease on the RS rows only.  It's funny how a slightly different phrasing can throw me off, but having deduced it I was back in the game.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 - A Year in Review

I didn't enjoy 2012 much - sure some good things happened, but the weather was terrible, business was poor and I had no extravagent holidays.  So I'm skipping straight to 2013.  We've had nearly two weeks of it and so far, it's a good year.  I've listed all sorts of things I want to do every day.

List of things I'm managing most days so far:
knitting, sewing, exercising, working, tidying, reading, trying to save money

List of things I'd like but haven't managed just yet:
Japanese, cooking

OK so today I'm going to dust off my Japanese books and tomorrow I'm going to cook actual pasta sauce instead of having a ready meal.