Doing it right.
I realized something. It’s something important, something that I should probably think about more in my life.
I was humming away on this sweater, planning to get the body finished by the time that I went to bed, and when I got to the point where I was supposed to start the ribbing, according to the pattern, I was sure that it was too short. I have a really long torso, so I thought I’d just add a little bit more length to account for that. So I knit another inch, and then got ready to start the ribbing. Again, that nagging feeling that it was too short! I hated it, I wanted to start the ribbing so I could finish it and get onto the sleeves, and I pitched a little hissy fit because I wanted the sweater to be long enough NOW. I was sorely tempted to just start the ribbing and to hell with it, but I made myself take a moment to relax.
I reminded myself that this is going to be by far the best sweater I have ever made. I have modified it extensively in order to make sure that it fits me perfectly, and it is a thing of beauty that is wonderfully customized. Was I really going to half-ass the length and be annoyed by that for the rest of this sweater’s life? Having a sweater before Rhinebeck is way less important than getting a sweater that I truly love. I HATE having to pull tops down all the time. So I knit several extra inches of length onto this puppy, and then did sixteen rounds of ribbing. It is definitely long enough, with a very tailored silhouette. It’s not very much like the pattern picture, but I am loving how much it fits with my personal style!
(P.S. I am humming along on the first sleeve. I still think that it’s going to be done.)