Friday, April 20, 2007

Declaration of War

The objective: Morrigan

The weapons: 80 cm Addis in sizes 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, and 3.25 mm, row counters galore, and Entrelac no-dangle stitch markers.*
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The ammunition: Calmer
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The battle plans: Colored pencils to color code the cable charts as necessary.
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The enemy: None. This is knitting. Nothing can be evil.

Expert commentary on the war:

“If only the sizing has you worried, then you are braver than I... after all, I never actually completed this sweater!” –Jenna Wilson, the designer of Morrigan, in an email response to my question about sizing

“This [pattern] makes experienced knitters cry.” —Amy Singer during a television interview for a Canadian morning news program

Outcome of the first skirmish: Victory! I got gauge with 3.0 mm needles, though the swatch with the 3.25 mm needles was only 0.2 cm wider. I may consider using the larger needle in hopes of “upsizing” the sweater slightly.
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* Apparently Ana’s stitch markers are all the rage now, with all the cool kids blogging about them. I will now smugly inform you that I have owned these stitch markers for nearly a year—since before they were sold on Etsy. Ana gave these markers to me after I expressed extreme jealously of the markers that she gave to Monkee.

19 comments:

Sarah said...

YAY!

Can't wait to see the progress, and I hope Amy brings you the original to drool over!

mikomiao said...

My oh my. I can't wait to see how this battle unfolds.

You will always reign supreme in my mind as the Fearless Knitgourdess. :-)

cpurl17 said...

You are a brave brave woman. Semper Fi.

LaBean said...

I'm pulling for you, even if everyone else chickens out!

Knittypants said...

How exciting! Am going to enjoy watching this :-)

Meghann said...

may the force be with you, woman!

Jennifer said...

I salute you. Addi's up!

Amanda said...

You are truly fearless! That is a battle that would scare me because of what the experts say but I have faith in you!

Debby said...

We are counting on you for victory! (And good shots of Scout modeling). Have a good weekend!

Rachel said...

Oh my god, you are going to be a knitting folk hero when you finish that sweater. Statues will be erected in your honor. I'll be cheering you on while knitting stockinette socks.

Ashley said...

"Cool kids"--HA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

If only you knew how deeply, deeply untrue that is.

Amy said...

You will *totally* kick its butt.

Mintyfresh said...

I'm sorry, what? The pattern designer never finished knitting it, and can offer no guidance on sizing? what?

This sweater is kickass, and you of all people are clearly up the the challenge. keep us posted!!

Janet said...

oh, dear, that makes my head hurt just looking at it. you are a brave, brave woman. god speed!

Terby said...

Cable queen.

I'm very excited to see how this is going to go. It looks like a fun knit!

AV said...

I cannot believe the designer never knitted her sweater, she just lost all respect...
I admire your determination!!!

turtlegirl76 said...

I would like to offer my assistance in this battle. If you think that some pattern row markers would help in the fight, let me know what # of repeats you need them for and I'll send them to you. I think trying to remember if I flipped the number thingie each time would drive me nuts.

Meredith said...

I don't think that sweater will be a problem for you! But good luck anyway. :)

monkeemaven said...

Monkee who?

What are you doing Thursday after next? (the 10th?) Going to SnB?