You know how some people, when they cook, they measure everything, and follow the recipe directions exactly? They put in a quarter teaspoon this, a half cup that? And then some other people, when they cook, they just throw some salt in, and then some water, and if it needs a little more of something, well, they add a little more.
I’m like the latter, in both sewing and knitting. That’s what I mean, when I say I’m a “haphazard” handcrafter. I make things up as I go along. Sometimes I read only partway through the directions. Sometimes, I confess, I knit without even swatching. And sometimes, I admit, my results are questionable.
But I swear, sometimes I swatch, and I can’t tell the difference in the results! Like the sweater I just finished this week. I swatched twice. Two swatches! I even washed those swatches, and blocked them. But my sweater ended up too small just the same.
But I’m living with it. I realized it halfway through, of course. I had the option to rip back (weeks and weeks worth of knitting!) But no, I did not rip. I charged resolutely onward. “It’ll be form-fitting,” I told myself. “That’s a good thing, in a cardigan.” “It’ll grow!” I decided, a week or two later. “Cotton always grows, after you’re done knitting it, and I hate saggy sweaters.”
So now it’s done, and I have to wait a few washings to see just how much, in fact, this thing is going to grow and sag…or if, in fact, it might always fit like some vintage sweater I found in a thrift shop and just had to have, regardless of the fact that it was three sizes too small. At any rate, I love the color, and I love the pattern (It’s “Que Sera”, from Knitty), and I love the sparkly crystal buttons that throw catchlights around the room when I wear it, and make it look even more like a vintage find.
And in preparation for my “handmade, only handmade” trip next week, I wore it with my “Marginal Skirt” from last week. Two halfway-great items, added together, equal great…of course they do.