Poor Pirate Fit
May 3, 2006 – 2:31 Beachside
Wow. Where did the week go. It zipped by. Just zipped. Crazy, Crazy, Crazy. (And yes, those all deserve capital “C’s”!) So, picture above. That’s been sitting in my camera for days to show. Notice anything?
The astute among you will immediately realize that the picture of the boy wearing the hat is the wrong boy. It’s my boy, yes. But the hat I wrote about initially, and the hat for which Matthew picked out colors, is being worn above by younger – and much smaller headed – brother Spencer. And it barely even fits him. Talk about frustrating!
After blogging about the hat after our return from LEGOLand, I quickly realized that the hat wasn’t going to fit Matthew – and that it might not even fit Spencer. I did go ahead and make it another repeat taller. That was the right move. But overall, the darn thing is just too small. And, yes, the bottom rolls, which doesn’t drive me crazy on him as much as it does when I see the hat lying around the house and pick it up and obsessively try and “uncurl” the bottom.
“What went wrong,” you ask? Or, are you not asking. Are you just tsking and muttering “gauge, gauge, gauge” in your head. Well, yes, it was a gauge thing. But, it’s strange. I know I checked early on and thought the gauge was on track. Clearly, it’s not. For me, that the row height was also significantly off was the biggest surprise. That never happens to me. I knit continental, and my row height is always wrong. This may be the first time ever that I was off even up and down and not just side to side.
Despite the fit, and despite the fact that I think my fair isle doesn’t look as “even” as I’d like, we all like the hat. Which means even M. has come around and is singing the “I want one (in pink and green, no less) tune. So, I’ve been digging around in stash. (I’m sort of committed to using stash on these hats. Not sure why.) I don’t have a ton of sport weight yarn, but I’ve come up with enough skeins that we have a number of options. (I did consider trying one in worsted weight to see if that solves the sizing issue for us, but instead I’m going to try sport again and use a 5 instead of a 3 and see if that relaxes things.)
Matthew went back and forth between navy and kiwi green, purple and kiwi green, and navy and the bright blue. (I do have more of the purple and bright blue, but despite the fact that we often dress them in matching shirts, I’m pushing for different colored hats just so it’s easy at-a-glance to see whose is whose.) He’s finally settled on purple and kiwi green, which he says will be “really scary.” The colors are great.
I’m ready to get started, but, of course, I can’t lay my hands on a circular size 5. Every other size, yes. Size 5. Nope. Sigh. It’s always something. I did cast on already because, after some debate with M., I decided to take her advice and do a hem on the hat to eliminate the roll – she suggested a ribbed option would detract from the overall look and design of the hat, and I think she’s right. So, I did the hem on a 4, and I’m ready now to switch onto 5’s to get started and see if the sizing will shape up this time.
Not being able to quickly “find” a needle I want and know I have is so frustrating – and such a waste of time. Making a needle organizer for my circulars is definitely on my list for this year. If I could figure out a design that would really work well for circulars, it would be nice. I keep them all in an accordion-style binder right now, but that ends up just being a mess. They’re all clumped in a few pockets rather than nicely separated. Maybe I should just take time and separate them (and label the pockets). Good idea, I know. Maybe while my Mom is here (in a few weeks). We’ve got plans to watch a bunch of Gilmore Girls and 7th Heaven episodes I’ve been DVR-ing (she doesn’t get the WB), so maybe I can spend some non-knitting time organizing the needle mess.
In the interim, if we can squeeze it in this afternoon, I’m going to run by and try and grab a needle this afternoon before we pick big brother up and before we head out for our “night out” – our monthly ritual when M. has to go the monthly “general meeting” at the preschool. We have fun. She sits in a 4+ hour meeting.
I’ve also got to run by Kinko’s and pick up copies of the special graduation issue of the school newsletter (which gets distributed tonight). I spent a lot of time on it this month. Admittedly, since I picked up the role of newsletter editor and designer for the school mid-year, I’ve spent a “lot” of time once a month working to get the next issue out. The graduation issue is a big one though – it’s physically “bigger” as well as “bigger” in terms of its content. I worked really hard to do the special graduation pages justice, including pastiches of photos of all the kids to accompany the more yearbook style photos of the kids. Again, too, one of my essays ran in this issue, this one on the “fairies” that my boys have learned to love and chase when they spot them (bits of light) bouncing on the walls – and my reaction to both Finding Neverland and Disney’s Peter Pan. So, that special issue comes out tonight.
Puzzle Blast News
I also have to pick up additional copies of the inaugural issue of Puzzle Blast. The May issue is out! Yeah. It’s very exciting. (Those of you who checked out the free sample issue might be interested in knowing that in addition to subscribing, it’s also possible to purchase individual issues. So, if you want to just “give it a try” without committing to the cost of a full year, a single-issue option is now available.) It would be nice if the realities of the “cost” of printing and mailing wasn’t what it is. And, yes, I’ve considered just making the whole thing downloadable, but right now, it’s not where I want the newsletter to be. There’s something compelling about a printed booklet format – that arrives in the mail. We do enough visiting sites and printing things. I don’t want that to be the way Puzzle Blast works. At any rate, Issue 1.1 is in the mail to subscribers, which means a project that I first talked about with M and my Mom over dinner at Max’s Opera Café last September has finally come to fruition. I was ready to launch last fall, but there was always “something else” that I felt I had to have in place first. But, finally Issue 1 is out there, and the subscriber list is small but growing. It’s a good start!
(Update: We did manage to run, and I mean run, into ImagiKnit and grab a needle. They didn't have any Addi metal circulars, which is my preference. So, I decided to go with bamboo. I ended up deciding to try a pair of Addi bamboos. They cost almost $5 more than the other bamboo brands they had. I felt a bit like I was being suckered, but I gave in to my affinity for the Addi brand -- even though the metal join sort of puts me off (at first glance) and makes me worry that it will be catch-free. Crazy, huh, the way we get about certain brands. Here's to hoping I get gauge!)