So I frogged it.
I came home early from work yesterday with a rotten cold. I was feeling sorry for myself. I wanted to start something new as all my current projects were frustrating me, so last night after I finished the sock, I started a new sweater with that green yarn. (It is a different green from the green socks mentioned in the last post).
I'm using EZ's book "Knitting Without Tears" and did a swatch and remeasured myself ... and while my measurements are no where near the measurements of this lady or anyone in her family... I used her formula to cast on for a knit in the round sweater.
I cast on 294 stitches using a KnitPicks #7 circular needle with a 42" cable. It might actually come out to be the 54" needed to go around my hips. Scary, eh?
I decided with 54 inches of ground to cover, I really didn't care for trying to do ribbing and would be perfectly happy with a rolled cuff at the bottom edge.To avoid a twist, I went back and forth for a few rows (four) then joined and will use that tail to close up the little gap later.
When I get up to about 4 inches, I will probably decrease a bit to about 50 inches. It will be a nice, comfy sweater. The perfect thing to wear when I'm sick with the chills and miserable.
I already warned Ken that I may need to order more yarn. He's smart cookie really and knows about dye lots (his mother and ex-wife did teach him a few things) and wondered how I would handle that problem. If it is a problem, I will probably do a stripe of black (since I have some of the same yarn in black) put in the newly acquired yarn, then another stripe of black before returning to the original green. I can do the cuffs of the sleeves or a stripe in the upper arm in black to tie in the theme. Might be kind of fun to do a Celtic design of some sort.
I'll see how I feel when I get there.
For now, I'm sitting home burning sick leave; drinking tea, reading other people's blogs and knitting. I plan to nap this afternoon when I break down and have a Theraflu. If I didn't have so much work sitting in the pile on my desk at the office, I might actually be enjoying this steady consumption of facial tissue.