Smith has had that mustache for more than half his life. We were acquaintances in college and he had it then. When we met later and married, he still had it. It's like a part of our life together. It's loss came as a shock (no warning at all) and he did it to be funny! NOT! I still can't look at him...I'm still in mourning.
Despite the shock to my weakened system I did rally a bit on New Years Day afternoon to start my EPS. After reading through all of EZ's books, gleaning ideas on the subject, the Opinionated Knitter, with Meg's updated percentages and yoke decreases will be used as my template. The day before the swatch had been washed just as I would the finished sweater...cold water wash, delicate cycle, lay flat to dry. Silky Wool washes up very nicely and I was pleased with the finished product.
The first thing to do was measure the gauge swatch accurately. I counted 4" segments in a couple of spots and, also, one inch segments, always coming up with 5.75 spi (stitches per inch). Whew! The size of sweater I decided on, after trying on several t-shirts and tops, was a 41". This should make a loose fitting, but not too loose, comfortable top. Waist shaping will also be added for a less baggy look and I'd like it longish without being a 'tunic'. That's the vision, we'll see how the execution goes.
To find the correct number of stitches to cast on the calculation of inches into gauge was made. 41 x 5.75 = 235.75 then rounded up to 236...the number of stitches I need to make 41" at 5.75 spi. In the OK Meg suggests casting on 95% of the stitches to create a less bulky hem (EZ used 90% in the other books) and then increase the extra stitches needed just before the turning row (in my case a picot). I cast on 224 st with a provisional cast on worked a couple of rows. THAT took some time! Since then I have been able to work the hem, the picot and get a nice start on the body of the sweater. As EZ suggested, the hem will be finished by sewing down the live stitches after the sweater is done. I should have time to stop hyperventilating about that before then (or not).
The alpaca neck warmer is awaiting buttons, the only other thing on my needles is the Sangria lace shawl and I'm disinclined to start something else...maybe I'm still feeling under the weather?
Happy Weekend everyone!