March 25, 2005


Over coffee this afternoon with Patti and Kit, the conversation flowed so quick and fast I could hardly get a word in edgewise. Patti is a talented glass artist, and Kit, who's a button fanatic, proposed that Patti create some glass buttons. Stay tuned.

Patti bought two packages of Forest Fudge Brownie Mix, proceeds of which benefit the local chapter of the Sierra Club. And she promptly went home and baked up a batch -- way to go, Patti! Mmmm, I think I can smell 'em from here!

I got a round of Sandness knitted, over coffee. Spent more time poring over knitting magazines than actually knitting. Now that the Mongolian mittens are done, I'm pondering what I might knit next for the Dulaan Project.

Knitting recap: My Elfin cardi is stalled at the sleeve caps. Yes, I've knitted the fronts and the back of this cardi (I knitted it in one piece, and performed a three-needle bind-off on the shoulders, so no seaming awaits me for the body of the sweater). I've knitted both sleeves up to the sleeve caps, and gotten a good run into shaping those sleeve caps. But then I've stalled.

I want to do short row shaping on the sleeve caps, and I know such a thing can be done. But the Elfin sleeves are very fitted, and so the sleeve cap has a very high crown. When I start my cap shaping, I'm good as far as the "decrease one stitch each side every other row," because I know that those decreases translate into a short row on the right side (one stitch left at the row's end, equivalent to one stitch decreased) and a short row on the wrong side (one stitch left on the row's end, equivalent to that second decrease of the row). Thus, it takes one right-side short row and one wrong-side short row to leave behind the two stitches that would -- if one were following the pattern -- be decreased every other [right-side] row.

So far, so good.

I'm in a complete muddle, though, about the later directions: Decrease every third row, and then every fourth row, until x number of stitches remain. My brain just can't seem to wrap itself around how to translate this into short rows. I keep having the hunch that I'll be knitting many, many more rows to accomplish that number of decreases. I'm afraid I'll end up with this horrendously long and misshapen crown on my sleeves.

If anyone can help me, or point me in the direction of some really good written instructions specifically on short row shaping of sleeve caps, please let me know!

To recap the Rooster Contest: When we returned from our recent vacation in Mexico, we discovered that some stray roosters had come to live with us. I was delayed one morning in taking Allegra to school because these roosters had decided that that moment was their time to cross the driveway. Not being much of a morning person, I sat dully and watched and waited while they crossed, wondering: Why did the rooster cross the driveway?

I decided that this would make a good question to pose to my blog readers. I'm offering a prize for the wittiest answer. The winner, if a knitter, receives a copy of the book Simply Shetland. The winner, if a non-knitter, receives a package of Forest Fudge Brownie mix, my sister's secret recipe. The contest closes at midnight tomorrow (March 26), PST. The place to post your entry to this contest? In the comments, of course!

Posted by Karen at March 25, 2005 08:50 PM

You are so close to finishing Elfin, wow! Hurrah for you! I can't visualize the sleeve dilemma, but when I see you later this week we can work it out together if you are still stuck. I usually write out the rows and what I plan to do on each row, so that I can keep track. Would that help in this case?

My family says this is lame, but I think the rooster crossed the driveway because he had nothing else to cock-a-doodle-doo. OK, it's lame, but did it make you laugh?

Posted by: Anne at March 27, 2005 04:47 AM