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something blue

August 3rd, 2010

Way way back in the beginning of March, before I got the flu that knocked me out for 2 weeks, and before my Dad got sick again, I began the design you see pictured above. I even wrote about why I love designing raglans, using this something blue as inspiration.

And then, life got in the way. As it tends to.

Months later, some time in May or June maybe, I tried it on, just for fun. And as I’d suspected from the beginning, the neck opening was too small for what I wanted; not a tight crew-neck but a round neck a little more open and elegant.

It may be my summer of ripping things out, but the frogging of this gorgeous creature is next on my To Do list after I finish up my current project. I’m excited to get back to it, though. The cables are interestingly flat, and almost alien-looking against the reverse stockinette background. Even better, now that I’ve made one major irreversible mistake, I’m unlikely to make the same one all over again.


I get excited about Fall. I never grew out of that first-day-of-school feeling, of putting on new clothes and heading off into a slightly cooler world. The air just feels different, even if the temperature is still relatively balmy. You can taste the promise (threat?) of winter on the breeze…. still far enough off to be benign, but you know it’s just a matter of time before you wake up to snow.

I want this to be my first Fall sweater of the season. I want it to be close fitting, with streamlined sleeves, so it’s perfect to wear to work with tailored pants or a nice preppy skirt. And I want the neck to be what I’d imagined, rather than what it is now.

This is one of the challenges of designing. At nearly every point in the process, when things go a little off from the original vision, you can fix mistakes, revise the instructions, and make the design what you intended. Or, you can be lazy. Consider it a ‘design feature’. And move forward with a slightly different direction. There’s never just one ‘right’ way of doing it. Some of my favorite designs have sprung more from the second path, where I didn’t originally intend the direction until I was halfway done knitting it.

The current project I’m working on is more the first, however. This is why I’ve now ripped it nearly entirely out not once, but three times during the course of the project. Happily, I’m almost done, with just some trim left to wrap up. As much as I loathed the ripping, it made a better and stronger design in the end. And I just wouldn’t have been happy with any compromises.

You’ll see it soon… a couple of weeks, I suppose. But now it’s time for me to put down the needles, step away from the blog, and head to work.

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5 Responses to “something blue”

  1. Jen Says:

    I love raglans too! There’s something about casting off that last stitch and knowing that all you have to do is block the sweater…but if you wanted to slip it right on to wear you can.

    And next time I find myself ripping out a design for the 3rd or 4th time, I’m going to try to be philosophical about it and remind myself I’m staying true to my vision rather than focusing on all those hours lost!

  2. Terri Says:

    I know exactly what you mean about the Fall first day of school feeling. I remember it being really chilly in the mornings, but much warmer in the afternoons coming home. But there was that touch of Fall in the breeze which I love! I love Fall and Winter much more than I do Summer!

  3. Adriene Says:

    Those cables! I can’t wait to see them! 🙂

  4. Deb Says:

    I love the blue, and the cables. Can’t wait to see the finished pictures. I have to rip things out when my daughter is not around. It makes her crazy! She can’t stand it ,as well, when I keep trying to redesign something that didn’t turn out the way I imagined. I hate to ask, but what does it mean to frog something? Abandon until later? Rip out? Give up? Love your blog.

  5. Honey Says:

    So beautiful! And I love that shade of blue.

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