Educate Me Knittastic!


The update on the tests: Organic Chem was ok until I got to the naming portion. I knew that would be my downfall going into it, and I was right. I need to figure out how the whole chaining carbons works and how I count the chain. Ok, I know how it works – but sometimes it is a branch and some times it isn’t. So I need to know when it is 2,4-dimethylbutane and when it is 2,4-dimethyloctane. Or something like that. (I’m just making those up as I go along.) The Trig test rocked, as it flowed a lot like the review she gave us last week. I did make a mountain out of a molehill on one problem, and for the life of me could not work it out. It went something like sin(7a+3 degrees)=cos(a-4 degrees) and I was rambling around in the wrong direction. I started working it out when I was thinking about the fact that sin(60)=cos(90-60) and it should have lead me to sin+cos=90 for the problem above. (Again, I’m making up the numbers, so I don’t even know if that works out.) Unfortunately, I didn’t make it all the way through to that. Doh! Just dropping the sin and cos and adding 7a+3+a-4=90 would have allowed me to solve for a. Oops. Oh well, that was the only one that stumped me, so hopefully I will have an A on the test. As for the chem test, I just kept reminding myself that he drops the lowest grade.

My garter stitch photo from Monday was the beginning of the body portion of the sweater I am knitting, which is the Cottage Creations Babies and Bears for Grown-Ups sweater. The problem is that the pattern only gives gauge for the stockingette stitch portion of the sleeve. It doesn’t give a gauge for the garter stitch portion. Next problem is that I didn’t knit to gauge on the sleeve – it was supposed to be 4 stitches per inch, and I knit it at 4.5 stitches per inch. I liked the fabric better. The sleeve is big as it is, and if I had knit it to gauge it would have been *huge*. It is an oversized sweater pattern, and I picked it for the roomy sleeves, but I don’t need them to be that roomy. You can tell it was designed by someone in Iowa, who probably needs a few more layers than I wear down here in Texas.

The main body of the sweater is like a big mitered square, so the length of the body is sideways garter stitch. I was afraid it would stretch too much, since I am using (and loving!) the Brooks Farm 4-Play yarn, which is a 50/50 merino wool/silk blend.

I’m going to be frogging part of the sleeve back because I had a few inches of pooling, right where the sleeve reached the right length for the repeats to line up too much. It is at the elbow and probably not a big deal to anyone but me, but the sweater moves fast as it is knit in the round, and I find the pooling irritating. Why bother finishing something that bugs you? So frogging is the way to go, and then it will be the way that I want it after I alternate the balls of yarn. When I get back to the garter stitch portion of the body, I’ll just stick to the size 7 needles.

The perk of the sweater’s construction is that you knit one half, then you knit the other half, and then you graft them together. When I get to the “end” of the first half, I put all of the live stitches onto waste yarn so I can try it on then and make sure it fits. If I need to increase the size some, I can just put it back on the needles and knit a few more rows. In other words, this is probably the best pattern for me to get over my sweater phobias!

On a side note, I owe a lot of people e-mails right now. However, Mike is out of town, I have a zillion things to do, I didn’t get enough sleep this week with the test stress, and – most importantly! – I have some tasks I need to take care of for the photography business. Now. Right away. Elaine is waiting on me, and I hate to leave her waiting. So in addition to reading my Organic Chem book tonight and cleaning the kitchen, I’ll be reading and reviewing things for Fresh Photography. I honestly (really! seriously!) can’t tell you how happy that makes me. It just feels good to have the first tests over and done with – now I know what to expect for the next ones. So if you are waiting for e-mail from me (Julia, I owe you about 10 by now!), I promise – SOON. But not tonight.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

6 replies on “Relief…”

I look forward to seeing your sweater! I yearn for some Brooks Farm – yum!
This IS sweater month you know – September and all – I’m casting on for one tomorrow and have two more in the wings. I’ve only made two, so far, but have about a thousand I’d like to do!

Thanks again for being one of my knitting/photography/education/life inspirations!

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