Our house has been slammed with the ickies. The guy was totally down for the count all weekend, and I haven't been feeling so hot either. **Hopefully** (knock on wood) I won't get hit as hard as he did -- we'll see how well the power of postive thinking ( and TONS of Emergen-C) works for me this time around.
So yesterday, as a preventative measure, I camped out in my favorite armchair, surrounded myself with bottled water, juice, chocolate soy milk and Girl Scout cookies (!!), rested, and ripped and reknit the left front of the Must Have.
Oh,... much better!! I found that even though I got gauge with size 5 needles in stockinette, my tension tightens up considerably when working the actual cabling pattern. I checked my gauge on the reverse stockinette portion of the largest cable and it was something like 23 stitches per 4 inches! All the blocking in the world wasn't going to help me with that discrepancy,...
And although keeping track of cable crossovers isn't so complicated with this pattern, I though I'd share my very low tech row tracking method:
Yep, that would be a string! A string tied with four knotted loops. Every time I reach this particular marker when working a row, I slip my needle into the next loop, always working towards the loose ends. For this particular cable pattern, cable crossovers happen every fourth row, so when I reach the last loop closest to the loose ends, that's my signal to work the cable crossovers. This method is particularly genius when working a sweater that has cables that need to be crossed at totally different times, as you can use a different marker for each cable. And tracking sleeve increases? Easy as pie!! I learned this little trick when making my Philosopher's Wool cardigan -- I believe it's outlined in the Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified book.
So happy Monday to everyone! And still no decision on the wedding dress -- I have two more appointments on Thursday and hope to have the whole deal wrapped up over the weekend / early next week -- fingers crossed!