Saturday, April 24, 2010

Not-so-magic-raglan download

Uh oh.

It has come to my attention (thanks, Ladies!) that the Scribd site is giving people headaches, when they try to print the Magic, Custom-Fit Raglan pattern.  Turns out that pages 3 and 5 aren't printing properly, so I just went back and re-uploaded it, to see if that would help.  I don't have my printer set up at the moment, but I'll try it out tomorrow to see if that worked.  I'm not sure if downloading works, so you may want to sign up for a free account and try that, if you're having problems...

In the meantime, if you want to use the pattern (or just print it out for future use - I understand, I'm a pattern hoarder....oh if only you knew how much knitting stuff is stored on this poor little computer of mine...), please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail request, ok?  I will send you the pdf file, no problem (it's working fine).  My address is atmymothersknee[at]gmail[dot]com.  I'll check it often and get back to you asap - just one more excuse to have my iPod Touch with me at all I needed any more excuses.

In other news, I am working diligently on some projects that have been festering in my to-do pile and taking up precious mental capacity.  I had a little discussion with myself last weekend about why it was taking me so long to finish my cardigan and I came to the conclusion that there were two things holding me up:

  1. The nice weather and spring.  After spending so many hours indoors this winter and working crazy hours at work for the past three months, I just want to be outside.  Gardening, walking on the beach, driving around taking photos...whatever.  Well, there's nothing I can or want do about that - I'm going to enjoy it and not feel guilty.
  2. Too many ongoing projects sitting around that I should have finished a long time ago.   That one I CAN do something about, so I spent last Saturday going through my project stash, my fabric stash and my (gasp) yarn stash.  I weeded, I sorted, I culled.  I came up with a looming pile of sewing that needs to be done (can anyone tell me why I have 3 pairs of pants started, yet to be finished???) and a fair bit of fabric to donate to Lori, my partner in knitting and sewing crime.
 Ooh, this is a horrible picture.  I know I said I'm an Interior Designer, which likely leads you to expect my house to look something like this (and I wish it did), but in reality the combination of overwork, crazy commuting, obsession with cooking/knitting/sewing/gardening and lack of funds means that my house looks more like a hovel.  I really can design interiors, it's just that they take money, time and energy.  I'm working on it, slowly but surely.

Once I had pulled all of this out and sorted through everything else, I felt much better about things.  I still have a bigger stash than I am comfortable with, but we're getting there.  I spent Sunday cutting out fabric for my new project (to be revealed shortly) and I was able to use up a fair bit of scraps on it, so that made me happy.  Well, except that I don't have a great cutting surface, so I got a bit sore from leaning over awkwardly.  And all the dust I found while I was cleaning grossed me out (spider webs *shudder*).  Other than that though, I was happy.

Anyway, suffice it to say that I have my work cut out for me.  I was hoping to make a dent in the to-do list today, but it was too nice out (see item #1 in list of sweater-obstacles, above) so I spent a good portion of the day pecking around in the dirt.  I WILL get to it tomorrow, however.  I WILL.

In the meantime, I'm off to watch Avatar again (just watched it for the first time last night - yes, I KNOW, I am the last person on the planet to watch it - I kept trying to see it at the cinema, but they kept selling out and I wasn't able to pre-order tickets, so I lost patience and stopped's not my fault that I live in the middle of nowhere and they only had one theater capable of showing the film in 3D).  Where was I?  Oh yes, I'm going to watch it again tonight and I'm going to knit at the same time.  So, I shall have approximately one extra inch completed of my second sleeve by this time tomorrow.


PS:  Have you watched "The Young Victoria", yet?  Those sets and costumes?  Yum.  Also, Emily Blunt is lovely and wonderful.  I wanna be her when I grow up.   Except that she's younger than me, so I guess that won't work.  Drat.


  1. I fear this may be a dumb question: What does the sweater look like???

    I have looked, but I can't seem to find one.



  2. Hi Melissa,

    Yeah, that's not a dumb question. I probably should have linked to Pamela's pattern page on Ravelry, so you could see what people have done with her original worksheet. Here it is:
    As I'm writing this, there are 915 projects linked to her pattern and they all look VASTLY different.

    All I did differently from her original form was add some additional clarification, some graphics, a clearer fill-in-the-blanks form and some additional ideas on what you can customize to make the sweater your own.

    Basically, though? The sweater can be whatever you want. This "pattern" really just helps you get the yarn/gauge/sizing math correct so that you can relax, follow the numbers and use the sweater as a blank slate for whatever stripes, textures, hems, etc that you want.

    I probably didn't explain that very well. Sorry.

  3. Can't wait to see the new project- and I think there's lots to be said for a healthy mess =)