And here we rejoin the stealth peasant blouse, post-frog, and well on its way to completion. For such a simple project, it sure has been a pain in the butt.
So what did you learn, Dorothy?
1. Row guage is not just a good idea, it's the law. You really do need to get as close as possible when substituting one yarn for another, especially if your goal is to create something that is going to be re-created (hopefully often).
2. Cascade Heritage is an affordable, sproingy, basic sock yarn. I do think it's going to pill, but the jury's still out. Some people will do anything for a good purple yarn (are you listening, Sandi Wisehart?), including myself.
3. When you make a top-down raglan whose neckline is way lower than the usual raglan, there may not be enough lengthwise knitting to get in all the increases you need. Cast on some armpit stitches so the thing will fit around your arms, or live with the consequences.
In unrelated news, my publicist contacted me with two terrifying assignments:
1. Answer a scary boatload of essay questions that will assist the publisher in promoting the book without having to actually read any of it. I suspect the volume of writing this generates will be greater than the actual manuscript.
1. Procure a photograph of self for "promotional use". I am thinking that this is the one they stick on the back of the book, among other places. Is there a scarier thought in the world? I made an appointment with a photographer. I bought a top with an interesting neckline. I am hoping with every fiber of my being that it won't look like a realtor's business card (why do they put their photos on those, anyway?) or worse, a senior yearbook photo. Any advice from my loyal following on what to do or not do will be wholeheartedly appreciated. We who are about to smile salute you.