Orange AlertJanuary 4, 2004
A surefire way to beat those terrorism blues, I present to you Orange Alert.
A little closer:
And a detail :
It was meant to be a cardigan, but I like it so much that I think I'll wear it like this a while, whatcha think? I can always steek it later.....
Made with Paton's Classic Merino in Paprika. It's knitted in the round from the bottom up. I roughly used Bonne Marie's rolled neckline from the Ribby Cardie and I stole those front cables right off my Must-Have. And the raglan decreases, although I'd like to take credit for them, are straight from a brilliant free pattern from Spelling Tuesday.
So basically, I didn't make anything up myself. Nope. But I did the math and the measurements and there was never a pattern in front of me, for the first time EVER in sweaterland. I think of it like writing fiction: I know there's nothing new under the sun, so it's all in the way you put it together (and I made sure I borrowed only from free patterns and a pattern I had purchased myself). Nobody ever did THIS exact sweater before (and no one ever will -- I thought I would remember to write everything down, but by the middle of the sweater I realized that I hadn't been making notes. Sigh).
Bethany wrote the other day:
I have a serious question I need help with. How in hell does one make time to read every book out there, see every movie, watch at least a few of the less pathetic television shows (and some that are so pathetic it's funny), knit a sweater every other week, cook gourmet dinners, find a mathematical equation to explain the platypus, make time for friends, and still find the time to fucking exercise?
Amen, sister. I've had several people ask me how I knit so fast. Here's the ugly truth: I don't really knit all that fast. I'm no Wendy, that's fer sure. But you have to understand, I don't clean my house much. I have those ceiling dust bunnies, you know the ones. I have no children. At present, I'm single, so I don't even have to spend time keeping someone else happy. (That makes it sound bad, but you know what I mean. It's nice to be happy with someone. But I REALLY like being happy with myself.) I work extended 10-14 hour shifts and get three days off a week. On my days off, I generally get about 6 or 7 hours of knitting time in -- some morning knitting with some evening TV time later, or a whole afternoon of sitting around with the needles. And even on days I work, I can sneak some knitting time in around the phone calls when it's not busy, and I get to knit with the TV or with a book until I go to bed. I do go out and play, sure, but what it comes down to is I knit a LOT. That's it.
And it makes me happy. And not to sound too much like Mr. Rodgers, but hey. You do, too. Mwah.