You can always tell when I have something pressing and important I'm supposed to be doing:
I work compulsively on an unrelated thing:
Fugl Redux needs only two more inches on the body. But I got bored with that and started some sleeves. They're nice and sleevey, just the way we like them. I tried one on for length when it was 93 degrees outside, prompting Lindsay to make disparaging comments about my sanity. I'd accuse her of being a Muggle, but she's a knitter, too.
It looks like I've pulled a Mary by ordering less black yarn than I need, so I've ordered more. Along with a feeble note to Customer Service about possibly matching the dye lot from before. I have no confidence that's possible, but we'll see. Hopefully I can hide any mismatch within the yoke pattern (?). I wish I could figure out why I'm such a slow learner with regard to yarn estimation. I'd say it's that I'm constitutionally optimistic, but I think we all know that's not true.
In other news, the very clever reader Michele responded to my question about the typical 2-st steek specified in Icelandic patterns:
This is Ragga's take. She crochets her steeks, too, but only knits one (1!) extra column of steek sts, leaving the crochet chain exposed as part of the design. You can see in the video that all the little cut ends of the stitches hang right out there when the cut is first made. She vaguely alludes to covering them with ribbon later, which would serve as additonal reinforcement. But covering a crocheted steek is like adding a belt to your suspenders, in my mind. In the end, we're relying on the properties of the Lopi wool to fuse and become buttetproof, but that doesn't happen on the day you cut. It takes a bit of washing and wearing before that magic takes place. During which time I will have picked up and knitted a placket next door to it, causing all sorts of nasty blowouts. So I'm going to revert to type and stick with my extra-steek-width plan.
Many thanks to Michele for pointing us to Ragga's excellent video! Ragga also has a Craftsy class on working a Lopipeysa from the top down, featuring a really pretty pattern which I'd love to knit sometime. I especially love the way her buttons are only on the yoke part of the cardigan:
It would be particularly flattering on narrow-shouldered-curvy-hipped figures.
How about you, Gentle Readers? What are your Lopi Dreams and experiences?