They say travelling expands the mind, and it certainly gives you time to think. I have been spending much time thinking about the Kauni jumper. I got this lot out of the bookcase and had a rummage for ideas, answers and inspiration.
- I'll knit it top down - then I can try it on as I go.
- That means I'll need to map out the pattern including the increases from the neck down.
- Ah. That's quite complicated.
- Wait, this is a steeked cardigan, so trying it on as I go is going to be difficult.
- What am I going to do about the arms? Whether I go top down or bottom up I'll need to get the colours to match where the arms join the body.
- I'll probably need an extra ball to get this to work. But I've got 600g so that might be enough. Maybe.
- So wait - if going top down doesn't bring the benefits I thought, should I just go bottom up. I've already worked out the waist and bust inc/dec to do that.
- I still need to map out the pattern, but can play it a bit more by ear with the shaping.
- If I do a fake side seam of a purl stitch I can use that to disguise mismatches in the pattern. ...Or I could forget that and have the pattern matching all the way round.
- Oh my god. We're all going to die.
Which reminds me - remembering my previous post, has anyone seen this? http://www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/
Meanwhile I've been slogging away on the noro socks. I really really don't like the yarn. I had a knot which changed purple to turquoise - and my opposing stripe was already turquoise so it wasn't working on so many levels.
I went to see Tropic Thunder at the cinema this afternoon. It was brilliant. The premise is one that has been done before but they did it well. I do like a lot of Ben Stiller's films and this was definitely his film. I don't mean in terms of screentime because everyone got a good amount, but he directed, wrote, produced, created, thought up etc etc the whole thing, although I did see one of the coen brothers credited for something at some point. They very cunningly got you to watch the end credits by having them accompanied by a dance. Not just any dance either. This is the dance of dances. And the dancer is someone so unexpected - the biggest surprise is that he doesn't just not appear on the posters, even as a name, but isn't menioned on the imdb site either. It's staggering since he's known for having a high profile even though he has gone a bit weird recently. I won't say anymore - but look out for him and his hairy knuckles. I didn't believe it was him the first time he appeared on the screen. Took a few minutes for me to finally believe it. Genius casting. Robert Downey Jr was very good too. I watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang the other day too - I really rather like his acting.
The walk back from the cinema was rather lovely as it was just starting to get dark and the dock looked lovely.
It's been a lovely warm day. Guess there won't be many more, although on the plus side this means more scope for wearing handknits!