Well, this has been one crappy week. The good news is that today, thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, DD is playing happily at preschool with her brother and friends. When I left they were having a blast in the jungle with the dinosaurs.
But I'm not here to tell you about my cute kids today, I'm here to tell you that I have failed. Soleil, despite the knitting being finished and the crocheted edging being half-done, will not make its debut at Maryland. It's too freakin' big. I thought and thought about what size to make and I finally came to a conclusion and it was wrong. I knitted to gauge and everything, but it's just too big.
I admit, I was warned. The pattern was very clear that it should be knitted with no or negative ease. However, the mongo-boobs seem to be striking again. I have a really weird shape--apologies for TMI, but this is relevant--I'm a 34F, which means I have a 34" ribcage and a 40" bust. My waist, far from being wasplike, is all of 32". So since the waist on the sweater was significantly smaller than the bust, I figured I'd be in good shape if I knit the 39" sweater, which has a 34" waistline.
Hello, negative ease. Hello, when you have a six-inch difference between bust and band you can't get away with neglecting to short-row the bust on a mercerized cotton close-fitting tank top. HELLO?
Okay, so, it's a little big, a little floppy, and far from perfect, but that shouldn't stop me from wearing it anyway, right, since I've publicly declared my willingness to wear crappy sweaters? Yeah, well, the other problem is that the v-neck is, um, not to say completely slutty, but um, yeah, revealing. Like, more than a suggestion of decolletage. And I'm telling you, decolletage is cute when you're a maiden in a c-cup, but when you're a nursing mom wearing one of those bras designed by bridgebuilding engineers? Yeah, not so much hot as scary.
So, since I refuse to rip this thing out because this yarn is so not worth it, I'm going to try to figure out some sort of lace edging to put on the neckline. I think it will actually be kind of nice if I can figure out some way to echo the lace on the tank, but since I'm leaving from work on Friday and need to be packed and ready to go tomorrow night, I'm so not going to have that done for Maryland. So, let's see, that would be *check* another thing not done right and not done in time.
Crap. Can I please get off the sucky screw-up bus now?
Now back to our regularly-scheduled writer's block. And the large-scale email mistakes. Anything else?
Despite all this, I can take solace in the fact that I'm going to Maryland. I may be wearing the Shapely Tank I finished a year ago, but I'm going. And it's going to be awesome. See you there!