Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Year. New Sleeve.

In case you haven't noticed, the holidays are over.

Signs are everywhere. This morning, Dolores took down the Christmas tree. To be perfectly accurate I should say that she took out the Christmas tree when she landed on it at 4 a.m.; but in our house it amounts to the same thing.

The cookies are all gone. So are the pies. Mrs. Teitelbaum has put her menorah back on the top shelf and flown to Fort Lauderdale to wait out the winter with her great-nephew Maurice the Florist. And instead of my inbox filling with junk messages that say LAST CHANCE PRE-HOLIDAY SALE!!! my inbox is now full of junk messages that say LAST CHANCE HOLIDAY CLEARANCE SALE!!!

In America, your last chance is never really your last chance. That's one of the things that makes this country great.

Meanwhile, I'm able to knit for myself again. The lopapeysa (remember the lopapeysa?) grew another sleeve.

Cuff, Version One

You may recall that I decided to just follow the pattern for this one, aside from changing everything about it. That meant coming up with a new chart for the colorwork about the cuff. Not a tall order, as the yoke contains elements that are easy to echo in a smaller circumference.

After the colorwork passage, I knew I wanted purple cuffs. I plan to wear this while teaching, and my flailing wrists + purple cuffs should = wide-awake students.

Notice, though, that there are no needles in the cuff; nor has it been bound off. That's because the photograph was made right before I ripped back the entire sleeve.

Lesson learned:

It does no good to try on a top-down sleeve repeatedly
if you refuse to acknowledge that the sleeve is way too tight
and correct your course.

That little voice in my head kept telling me it was fine, because I like a "snug fit." But this was not a "snug fit," this was cutting off the circulation to my fingers. Granted, the typical baggy generosity of an unshaped lopapeysa doesn't do a fireplug body like mine any favors–some shaping is a must. But lopi should never be expected to stretch like the Lycra in Kim Kardashian's Sunday drawers.

Learn Along with Franklin: Part I

In keeping with the theme of learning new things in the new year, I've decided it might be interesting and useful to share some of the lessons to found in my collection of antique and vintage children's books. This will be an occasional series–I'll post whenever I run across a particularly sparkly gem of wisdom.

For today, we have a word about multiculturalism/architecture from Health and Safety Series: Everyday Living by Brownell, Ireland, and Giles, published in 1935. This is from "Unit Five: The House You Live In."

Lesson One

Better you should live in a casino.


Anonymous said...

I just about spit out my tea when I read about Kim Kardashian's lycras. Priceless.

Happy New Year's Franklin.

Karen in MN

Kayten said...

As an addendum to your reference to sleeve fitting, I have just told my close knitting friends to inform me that when I assume I've added enough length to a sweater body for myself, I need to knit for 2 to 3 more inches.

Susan (and SmokeyBlue in spirit) said...

That comment you made about the wigwam not being much of a home has me ROTFLMAO.

Happy New Year last chance.

littleredyarn said...

As a newbie knitter coming over to the dark side (from crocheting, of course), I'd love to have a sweater sleeve that doesn't fit.

Right now I've got a tea cozy that doesn't fit my tea pot. I'm guessing I'll have to pick up a few stitches on either side.

Oh, and my capcha is "pickf". I'm guessing it's telling me something. ;)

Anonymous said...

This cracked me up! I love the part about the Kardashian drawers and I can totally relate to the little voice in your head trying to tell you that it was all fine and that you like "snug." I share that voice in my head and it's always so beckoningly optimistic, encouraging me to power on with an "it will all work out" attitude... not really a good approach some of the time. Oh well. Thanks for sharing!

hokgardner said...

I just snorted very hot tea at the wigwam picture.

Anonymous said...

That's not a wigwam, it's a tipi! Silly ethnocentric book, wigwams have domed roofs.

Colleen said...

Old kids' between wonderfulness, out pops such offensive drivel.

RubyC said...

I, I must....must not have anything in my hand or in my mouth and going between the two when reading your blogs or posts. Because it could end up all over the place. But I was prepared for it this time.

Happy New Year. And tell Delores that the tree could have been recycled if she did not want to use it again.


YogaNan knits, too... said...

Love the purple sleeves!!!

Miranda said...

LOL - as always! :) Love that Dolores took out your tree at 4 am - that could be at my house! Sympathies about the sleeve. I've found I have to rip back far more often that you'd think sometimes, lol. Good luck finishing up and Happy New Year! :)

Jordy said...

Oh, please do contiune sharing those gems.

kmkat said...

I have the same little voice in my head, except mine is always teling me to be sure there is enough ease, make it a little bigger, I don't like tight... and I end up with a tent.

2011 was the year when I did a lot more frogging and reknitting than I am used to. I tell myself it was because I trying new things. Yep, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Jamie Wang said...

I had a similar issue with a sweater I knit this fall. I noticed that the sleeve cap seemed a bit low and the girth of the sweater seemed a bit wide for my size, but ignored both until trying on. Turns out, the body was wide so a tiny sleeve cap (means NARROW sleeve width) works ONLY because it hits mid-bicep. Stupid me! I put the sweater together to the point of a gigantic cross before figuring this out.

The final sweater has a 2" wide gusset running from the sweater hem to cuff. It now fits beautifully, but I wish the designer had mentioned the sleeve cap decision (and what it meant) BEFORE I knit the ****ing sleeve cap.

Just saying...

Anonymous said...

Do purple cuffs really improve student attention? I'll have to try it for myself!

Happy New Year!!

ThatHairJen said...

My little voice is currently telling me that the tiny, pea sized ball of yarn I have, will be more than enough to finish 15 rounds and then the toe decrease on my second sock. Happy New Year!

Eileen said...

I had to rip back my new pair of knee socks, Sock 1 (though golf stockings would be more accurate)because it wasn't long enough, but I was in de Nile for quite some time. Which is probably why I've just finished #1 though I cast on Thanksgiving evening.

Lycra. I'd rather not even think about that.

Anonymous said...

Have a look at Herdy. Deloros will love it.

Happy New Year!


Bill said...

Nice try with the purple cuff...but I'll still be looking at your legs!

Randi said...

I'm looking forward to being one of your wide-awake-because-of-flailing-wrists-and-purple-cuffs students in your Wild Garter Stitch class at Madrona.

twinsetjan said...

It is reassuring to see that I fall victim to the same thought process as you. We are not alone!

Happy New Year!

roxie said...

Aunt Polly was a large Norwegian woman who lived life with gusto and ran through 3 and a half husbands (she might not have married the last one) before World War II. In her golden years, she settled down a bit, but every Christmas she would get assiduously into the eggnog, and in due time, would fall into the Christmas tree. With the early fifties strings of lights and the lead foil tinsel, sparks would fly and all the lights in the house would go out, and all us kids would cry, "Aunt Polly's all lit up again."

No wonder I love Dolores.

Todd Gocken said...

I hate to be pedantic, but it seems that the book is ill informed on its Native American dwellings. I believe that this is a Tipi (or TeePee) of the Lakota Sioux, not a wigwam of the Delaware and Iroquois (which were dome shaped and not nearly as mobile). One should be more conscientious when teaching the young and impressionable.

Cheryl S. said...

Thank you for such a great laugh to start the New Year.

FiberQat said...

Not much of a home. Well, there's ten thousand years down the drain. If only they had known about asbestos siding and lead paint!

The combination of the purple and the charcoal gray are beautiful together. I hope to see it in person some day.

Harpa Jónsdóttir said...

You do know that you can radically alter the size of lopi sweaters/parts of lopi sweaters, while wet? Not kidding here actually.

Beth said...

Look up the youtube video "Stuck in the smoke hole of my tipi."

Do not have anything in your mouth.

Anonymous said...

That is a brilliantly beautiful sweater and I wish it were mine. :)

Shim Farm said...

Laughing tears over here.

My husband's surprise Christmas Lopapeysa (code name: Birdie) was a bust too - the sleeves were too long, and waaaay to tight. Dammit.

But the good news is that I'll knit another...and probably another...and yet another.

Keep those Lopapeysa posts coming. They always make me laugh!

Anonymous said...

What Kayten said...

Anonymous, too said...

Abigail is SO going to love that sweater when she grows into it! It will keep her nice and warm as she goes through her "moody Goth teenager" period.

knit happens said...


Anonymous said...

Kim Kardashian wears Sunday drawers?

A wigwam is not much of a home, especially if it is a tipi.

And I would beg to differ, I lived in a wigwam for a few months, and the spiders and I stayed nice and dry.


Kim said...

Glad I was not sipping my morning coffee when I read the end of your post. Because snorting coffee is never pretty.

Found you in a rather round about way, blog hopping while keeping my good friend Insomnia company. I'm sure we'll be back to visit.

yarnstoryhawaii said...

Just had my "six degrees of separation" moment. Guy came in my shop (yarn store, of course)and we do the usual chit chat and i realize that i recognize him, from his ravelry avatar, we had "chatted" at some point. Then we chat about a skein of skacel merino lace and he mentions going there (skacel home world). I ask "men's knitting retreat?" he gives me a quizzical look and i told him I had read about it on Franklin's blog. Then he says what a nice person Franklin Habit is, and what intelligent man he is...thought you might like to know.
by the way, Damien Memorial School is now admitting girls.

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angel Williams said...

I have the same little speech in my go, except my own is always teling me to be sure there is enough convenience, create it a little larger, I don't like limited... and I end up with a covering.


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