Monday, May 27, 2013
Before I start to tell you (about what I have been reading) —I want to talk about GMO's (Genetical Modified Organisms)
There are 3 MAJOR kinds of GMO's. Horizontal(good) and Vertical (Less good), and Chimera GMO's (horrid!)
Horizontal GMO's have been around for centuries. They are common even, in both plants and animals.
Start with seeds, plant them. When you harvest them, save the best—with characteristic A
Plant the best. Save the best again –only now select for characteristic A and B.
Repeat, and repeat, time and time again.
Look for better yields, or stronger (shorter) stalks, faster growing time (less likely to be lost to frost or late season rains.) Over time, these efforts will result in a GMO. Every time you grow and select, you are selection for a GMO of the original crop. Over a thousand (or more years) you can create new organisms.
As time moved on, farmers learned how to IMPROVE by intentionally (controlled) cross pollinating one kind of plant (be it peas, or wheat or what ever) with other plants (short peas with tall peas, or plump peas with drought resistant peas, or any sort of pea, with another sort).
INTENTIONALLY cross pollinated seeds are technically GMO's!
We have a name for these horizontal GMO's—HYBRIDS. They, too, have been around for centuries.
In animals, IN-LINE breeding is another sort of GMO—since naturally, animals avoid mating with siblings (or parents)But In-Line breeding is still Horizontal.
Vertical cross breeding has been going on for a while, too. They are not uncommon at all. It most often occurs between somewhat related animals. Crosses between horses and donkeys (similar animals) result in MULES.
Mules are called mules because one meaning of the word mule is “STERILE”, and Vertical cross breeding MOST often results in sterile animals (and plants!) Mules are simple vertical GMO's.--But each cross breeding is the end of the line.
There ARE other vertical cross breeds (dogs with wolfs, or dogs with coyotes ) Some times these cross breeds are viable (that is, they aren't sterile!) They can mate successfully with other like themselves, or with dogs, or with wolves)--but this is Uncommon.
Plants have been vertically crossed with other (related plants) too.
Farmers in the fields have made 2 different kinds of plants cross breed—there is a new grain-TRICICAL—which is a cross between wheat and rye.. (Wheat and rye are both grain/grasses, but are as different as a donkey from a horse.)--and at first, most of this new grain was sterile (the seeds would not germinate.) But over time, a viable version emerged.
There have been other vertical crosses - Some occur naturally, some helped out by controlled pollination) citrus fruits, are one common example. Crosses between oranges and grapefruits, or oranges and tangerines, exist (and are popular) Most often the results are sterile,(the seeds, if any are produced, are sterile) The plants can only be propagated by grafting.
SO—GMO's –whether Horizontal or Vertical are not new, and not entirely evil.
But things have changed. NOW Vertical cross breeding is not done with real live animals, or in the field, or by nature, or with farmers hand pollinated plants to create crosses. It's done in a lab, by intentionally mixing genes from totally different organisms.
Now, companies (READ MONSANTO, for one) are making vertical Chimera GMO's They are crossing plants with animals. Potatoes with BT (a bacteria) or Corn with another bacteria. Goats with spiders. Mice with humans (to produce human insulin)
These GMO's are not natural—( it is possible, that over the course of many thousand of years, some of the chimera type crosses could occur naturally. (but it would be extremely rare)--And it's likely the natural chimeras would be sterile. There are certain viruses that can create Chimeras—but these rarely infect humans.
Modern VERTICAL chimera GMO's are, as the name chimera suggests, MONSTERS. They are not natural, and if in a rare circumstance, they did occur, the result would be a sterile mule.
The food we are eating (these chimeraGMO's ) have been designed to be viable.
BUT—worse than being viable, —the process that make chimera GMO's possible,--is a process that makes the chimera plant DNA (or other DNA) less resistant to 'infection” by other (foreign DNA) These new Chimera GMO's have a tendency to share DNA—all on there own. The tendency (rare in nature) to create chimera GMO's has been bred into the plant.
The chimera GMO DNA is designed to be less resistant (even one could say EAGER) to swap its DNA with others—be they other plants, or insects, bacteria, or for all we know, animals (like our selves!)
Every time you eat a Chimera GMO, you risk YOUR DNA.
Since the Chimera GMO “wants” to swap its DNA with yours--That is-- the chimera wants to add HUMAN DNA to itself, and it can also transfer it's DNA into yours. Maybe not frequently—but if you eat food ever day, (3 times a day), every year, you are taking over 1000 chances--Every year. Over the course of a lifetime, MILLIONS of chances. Chimera GMO's are everywhere! Every meal is full of them. Even if the chance of Chimera GMO infection you is small with each exposure, you are subjecting yourself to thousand and thousands of exposures.
90% of US crop is Chimers GMO corn. (and corn? You might not eat visible corn (on the cob, or as corn flakes) but on average, 40% of caloric intake is corn. In corn syrup, in HFCS, in corn starch or modified corn starch, in vegetable protein, and hundreds of other food “Products”.
Soy? Even worse! 99% of US crop of soy is Chimera GMO. And again, soy is hidden in many food—as an emulsifier (soy lecithin,) or 'vegetable oil” or vegetable protein, --Soy is every where. You can skip the soy sauce, and still eat lots of soy every day.
The US potato crop is an other Chimera GMO. Every french fry, every potato chip is a gamble.
These are just the big 3. Chimera GMO foods are the foods we eat, every meal, every day.
And because of the Chimera GMO tendency to swap genes, Chickens that eat Chimera GMO corn, become Chimera GMO Chickens. Same too, for cattle, or for pigs. Slowly but surely, Chimera GMO is working its way into every organism. We are becoming less ourselves, and more and more monsters.
And no one knows what kind of monsters we will become. There is some evidence that Chimera GMO's will turn us all into MULES(sterile). Perhaps not in one generation, or two. (Perhaps never.) But right now, no one knows for sure.
Non-GMO (OK, hybrid) foods crops are becoming Chimera GMO –YOU can plant non GMO corn, but if your neighbor plants Chimera GMO corn, it's likely a percent of your crop will become INFECTED with Chimera GMO DNA via natural cross pollination. . No crop is save.
We all know the expression, YOU ARE What YOU EAT—Every day, in every way, as we eat, we are becoming less of our selves, and more of a Chimera. A scary thought.
Tomorrow I will review a book about a scientist who's life work is creating GMO's—the good old fashioned kind—Hybrids. There is the occasional Vertical GMO (simple cross breeding of similar organism—as has occurred with citrus fruit) involved, too, At the same time, he works very hard to save the simple plants that created the hybrids. Saving pure DNA examples of plants is almost as much as his mission as is creating hybrids.
It is a fascinating book—but understand what he does, why he does it, and how it does it, is essential.
Other wise, you just might think him to be a GMO monster maker, too.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Hello, Remember Me?
I have been gone for a while—I'd love to report everything I did.. (I will) It won't take but a few paragraphs.
I have been reading a lot--Soon I'll give you my reading list--it is some what eclectic.
A little sewing—1 skirt (with a border print) shortened and taken in –the hard way. Off with waist band, pockets removed, inches cut from top edge of skirt, pockets sewn back in, and waist band replaced. The 10 year old denim skirt is almost not worth the effort—except I really liked it.. Printed denim is something special.
A little bit of knitting too. A hat finished—an experimental hat that is well OK, but not really a success. There are always charities in needs of hats. This hat works (as a hat) but...It's not what I envisioned, so it's back to the design board—to work at getting something closer to what I want.
I've started a scarf,too. I love this yarn, and I have been searching for the right thing to make with it. I'm still not sure this scarf is it. The pattern is a slight variation on Old Shale, with an extra row of garter thrown in--and accented by being worked in a triple strand of yarn.
A bit of work got done on my web page, too. First some basic editing-It's amazing how many little errors creep in. It starts as a word document, but then I end up editing after I have uploaded it-- and in seconds, there are missing it('s) or the('s) or there are double IT or double THE—or some other errors. Its so hard to proofread your own documents.
Finally, I've made another sampler –and started a second (or 4th-since I have done two of these previously) sampler of cast ons. One thing my list of cast on is missing are images of how the cast on looks. This first sampler features 8 different variations on LONG TAIL.
The second sampler (not yet complete) is going to be worked in two colors of yarn— some of the variations are much easier to see the details if the thumb yarn is worked in a contrasting color. Since I already have the Standard Long Tail and the Open Loop long tail done in 2 colors, I have included these photos—the contrasting yarn makes it easier to see the very slight difference between the two cast ons.
There are some variations of long tail that look ho hum in a single color—but are much prettier in 2 colors. And some variations that are especially intended for 2 colors.
So here are the first 8 version of Long Tail; (starting at the bottom and working my way up) +2 in two colors.
Standard Long Tail (which can be worked as Sling shot or Thumb method)
|Standard Long Tail Cast ON|
|2 color Standard Long Tail Cast On|
OPEN Loop Long Tail—(which can be work Sling Shot, Thumb, or Knit on)
|Open Loop Long Tail Cast ON|
|2 color Open Loop Long Tail Cast on|
Twisted Long Tail (call German, or Norwegian, or just plain Twisted)
|Twisted Long Tail Cast On|
Estonian Long Tail—(a combination of Standard and Open Loop Long Tail worked alternately)
|Estonian Long Tail Cast On|
Austrian Long Tail-(a Long Tail version that has twisted stitches (in base row)--followed by a twisted rib.
|Austrian (twisted stitch) Long Tail Cast on|
Double Twisted Long Tail (a variation of the KNIT ON version—the chain that makes the braid effect is not very evident in a single color, but the edge is very attractive, isn't it?
|Double Twisted Long Tail Cast on|
Forward (standard) and Reverse Long tail- One stitch made in the standard long Tail method, one stitch made by starting the base stitch on the index finger (not on thumb) This cast on is a nice one for double knitting, standard or 2 color ribbing.
|Forward and Reverse Long Tail cast on|
Braided long tail—the braid is much more evident in the two color version, but this long tail does create an attractive edge in a single color.
|Braided Long Tail Cast On|
I've started the second sampler -- the contrasting color makes it a bit easier to see the difference between some of the long tail versions--starting with the images standard long tail—and the open loop long tail. It is much easier to see the differences between the two in the two color version.
I will continue the 2 color sampler to highlight the differences in some of the other basic long tail variations, Plus I will add some other long tail variations that look best when worked in 2 (or more colors).
It will be followed by a third sampler in the series--double yarn cast ons --Like Long Tail, but not quite, such as the Channel Islands Cast on, Craig's Cast on, EZ's style of provisional cast on, and others.
These samplers will be added to Cast on Tutorial (as Part 3 of the tutorial) soon.
I didn't link all these images--but you can find video's for most on my web page (there will be links when the tutorial gets added to the page)
I am working hard to overcome my sense of mental fog, and physical lethargy--Partly why I haven't been knitting or doing much of anything.
I took my bike out for a ride—and was too stiff and lacked the stamina to do much more than once around the block. OK the block is a merged block—It's actually 3 standard city block long, and 2 standard city blocks wide (on one end)--an over sized trapezoid, not a little square-- plus there is a bit of a grade. But no matter—the ride was under 10 blocks in all. Almost embarrassing to mention—considering how short the ride was. But even that helped—I slept better last night, and while I feel stiff today.. I feel better. Curiously, the down grade.. (where I picked up speed) was more uncomfortable than the up grade--I felt slightly out of control. It's been a long time since I have taken a bike ride—but I plan to change that.
I am going to take a long walk today (between the rain drops!) —to keep up some physical activity. Tomorrow I have a party(graduation) to attend. The sub way –and up and down stairs getting there and back) will give me some activity—especial because A) I will be bringing my own chair, and B) I have to change from subway to the elevated line mid trip—so there are extra stairs. In a bit of optimism, I'll be toting a small sun umbrella too. Thought likely it will be needed more as a rain umbrella.
I'll finish out the Memorial day weekend at the pool. Sunday is supposed to be clear (no rain) and Monday even better. Hopefully, my mood will be improved, too.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Not much going on—so not much to write about. But eventually, (now) the small bits and pieces add up.
A new denim skirt completed—a good match to the denim vest. Not a perfect match—but that the good thing about denim—it doesn't have to be. This vest was last seen back in the beginning of April—when it was still under construction. Since then, its been finished—and had stud buttons nailed on—a nice touch for a denim vest, I think--and worn.
The skirt will go well with other other vests (especially, I think the red one)--It's nothing special 6 gores and little bit of kick at the hem; elastic waist—and some top stitching. It could have been done in a day or two if had just stuck with it. But it's done now. (I need to focus on the good!)
While there was blue thread in the machine, I finished up some mending (for friend) and for myself—a pair of jeans--currently the only pair of jeans that fit..(all of the others are way to big!) got a new zipper put in. It's a real chore to replace a zipper in jeans. I am not sure why I went to the effort. I don't wear jeans much—never did. As a teen I like cord's better. And that's been pretty consistent for most of my life. It's not that I haven't owned (and worn) jeans occasionally---it's just more often when I wear denim its skirts or dresses of some sort. And when I did wear pants, they were more likely to be tailored trousers, or twills (ie, colored jeans, which are now once again in style) Still it's nice to have a pair of jeans that fit.
I've got a little knitting done... First—I got the buttons sewn on the lacy blue sweater vest (—so now its really finished. A bit done on my socks (languishing since forever... I started them in January and they still aren't half done!) and started a new sweater like thing-- but I am not loving it.. I have to decide if I am going to finish it.. or frog it. Every time I look at it, I think, more and more—FROG IT.
Mostly, I have been reading. I love my NOOK, and have filled it with books—it's amazing how many ebooks one can buy for $50—I have one or two pieces of fiction--(well semi fiction) Stories based on historic characters—presented in fictional vs historical style. The rest has been non fiction. A little history (real history) a little science –some biology, some ecology, some just about nature. Most are a few years old—and have been—for want of a better word—remaindered--a few were under a dollar, the bulk of them under $3.
I haven't read everything I bought yet—so there will be more days and evening filled with reading and not with knitting to come.
There is more sewing to come too.
And that's about it!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I don't often make one..
It started here—with this story.. It continued when Ramona JoyCarmelly linked to that story (see her face book page and scoll down to the Prom dress controversy (at this posting (blog) the face book post is over 6 hours old)which started a lively (but reasoned) discussion.
It continued (scoll back up) to posting by Marty Coleman—or jump here
Which prompted me to write this..(if you just read what I have written here--you are sort of coming in at the middle.. At least read the story that started it all.)
Prom—short for promenade (a noun: A formal dance; a ball; A march of all the guests at the opening of a ball.
Until recently—a dance for HS or College graduates.
The “prom” in the article? For middle school students (8th graders). 13 years olds.
What is appropriate for 13/14 year old GIRLS? (or boys, for that matter?)
Girls is not a word I use lightly—13/14 year old girls are at the edge of puberty.
Girls (and boys) on the edge of puberty are at a difficult age. They are beginning to take on sexual traits--(enlarge breasts, wider hips, narrow waist for girls, as well as menstruation) and similar/different physical characteristics for boys ( broad shoulder, muscles, and fully functioning sexual organs) But—our society (and many others) realize that in spite of their physical ability to be fully functioning sexual beings, they are not emotionally or psychologically ready to function as adults.
For just this reason, 13/14 olds are not considered to be mature enough to drive a car, or live on their own, to sign a contract, or (in most states) old enough to give consent—to either non marital (or marital!) sex. This is true in civil law and in many religious canons. (The RC church is not alone to considers 16 years old to be the age of consent for a girl).
Yes, I realize many 13 and 14 year old girls are engaging is sex--(another topic!)
But legally and traditionally, they have been considered to young to do so. (And we tend to judge those societies were girls are married off as pubescent—as cruel and abusive of girls and women)
Is this old fashioned thinking? Are 13/14 year old girls to be treated differently than 16, or 17, or 18 year old young women?
Certain new science shows that the teen years (from about ages 12 to 20) involve a huge amount of brain grown—that young teens (of both sexes) are physically incapable of thinking (and acting) the same as older teens (and that 21 as an age of majority has some real grounding in science!)
Yet, here we are—reasonable (am I wrong to think those engaged in this discussion are reasonable?) are arguing for the right of pubescent girls to dress up and display their bodies as if they were adults and to do so in a very explicitly sexual way.
HUMANS, like all animals, have instincts. Unlike most animals, we also have reason. There are instincts that are part of sexual arousal. REASON keeps us from acting purely from instinct.
Instinctualy, humans (both men and woman) see symmetry as beautiful (symmetry is only skin deep—but it is a clear indication of good physical health—and signals potential for being capable of bearing healthy children)
Instinctualy, humans see broad hips (in the context of a narrow waist) as an other clear indication of good physically health (and a signal for being capbabile of bearing healthy children.)
Instictualy, clear skin is another measure of good health--(ask any one with acne!)
When aroused, both men and woman exhibit some classic responses.
The lips (on the face and the “lip's” of woman's genitals get red--and slightly swollen)
For men, it is the lips and the penis--and for a man's penis, it goes from slightly to very swollen--very fast!)
Like wise, the pupil of the human eye dilates—which make the eyes look bigger and darker.
So lets look again at the 'prom' dresses/girls attire. Narrow bodices (tightly fitted at least) –that accentuate (or create the illusion of) full hips.. Lots of exposed skin. The girls will also likely be wearing make up.. mascara, eye shadow, and perhaps eye liner—to make there eyes look bigger and darker (as they might be when aroused), lipstick, too, to darken, and accentuate the lips (making them look bigger)-- High heels complete the outfit—and these change her posture—and thrust her hip forward (in to a sexual position)
Combined, the effect are a collection of visual signals of sexual arousal and availability.
It this appropriate for 13/14 year old girls? Do we really want them promenading about announcing their sexual arousal and availability?(at a dance? At any time?)
WE denounce societies that treat 13 and 14 years girls as ready for marriage—but we seem to be willing to fight to the death to allow our 13 and 14 year old girls to project themselves as sexually mature and aroused. More mature than they really are.
Part of rape culture is an attitude that men and boys can't be REASONABLE—and can only act on instinct—an argument I reject. Men and boys are HUMAN, and as humans, can act responsibly and reasonably (if if they do at times have an instictually response to certain stimuli)--and I believe most men do--Boys? well its harder for teens to make reasoned decisions--see that thing about their brains not being fully functional!-- but still, I think most boys do.
But another part of rape culture is an attitude the woman are MOST valuable as sex object available for pleasuring men. (And secondarily, as thing to gestate children.)
Unfortunately, we all (men and women alike) often buy into this. WE CHOSE to wear high heels that thrust our hips forward (and arc our bodies into an upright sexual postion!) WE Chose to wear clothing that reveals lots of skin (and shows how healthy we are for breading!) We redden our lips, and darken our eyes—and emulate sexual arousal. We act as if our only value was our physical appearance, our sexual body and ability to get pregnant. Woman buy into the idea that being beautiful (and sexy) is vital. Not all women, but many, many women.
WE start training girls at a young age (see Toddlers and Tiaras) to the idea that they should measure their value by their looks—and that the that best way to looks is ready for sex—to the point of looking sexual aroused all of the time.
Media, (TV, movies, magazines) re-enforces the message. We pay lip service to the value of education, sports and other aspects of our humanity.
No, the girls don't (shouldn't!) wear burka or cloth sacks to the dance (and yes, it should be a dance, not a prom). The girls should dress like girls. Not like sexual aroused and ready to go sex objects.
Yes, the boys should be taught to respect girls and woman (and not to act like animals and use animal instincts as an excuse—because instinctual urges are not an excuse.)
Yes, we need to change the culture of our society—we need to change how men view woman.. but we also need to change how we woman view women. Yes, we are sexual beings. Yes, we should be in control of our bodies, our thoughts and our actions.
And we need to be in control of our children, too. We need to protect them from them selves at times. We recognize that our 13 and 14 year children are not of an age to sign a contract, or to drive a car, or to drink alcohol. We also need to recognize that they are not ready to consent to or engage in most sexual behavior. And we need to stop thinking is OK for them to dress and act in ways that present the message that the most valuable part of them, is their sexual nature. We need to step up and change the culture. Not just as it present the world to boys and men, but how it presents girls and woman. If we see our selves and value our selves most as sexual object--how can we expect men to do differently? Rape culture exist not just because of men, but because of women, too.
There are pressures on boys, too, in our society--and these are just as real, (very different, but there!) and these too need to be addressed. (but that's another essay!).
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The real yesterday, and the allegorical one. Yesterday—the real one—was Earth Day, and I spent most of it with my daughter at a Earth Day celebration at St John's University (the Queens one—for you sports fans, the RED MEN one.)
Curiously, I have lived in Queens more than 30 years, and this was just my second time on this campus--(the first was for my son's HS graduation. His graduating class was too large for the his HS auditorium—forget about the class plus parents and family.)
The Earth Day fest was small—but it was pleasant doing something for Earth Day—and spending time with my daughter. She was there promoting her local CSA—Many of the kids were interested--but not really candidates—since they didn't live locally. Some of the staff was more interested—and more likely to join a CSA.
The weather was –well spring like. Most of the day was sunny and moderated the cool air--(the high for day was just 53°--(11C))--which wasn't really uncomfortable cool (even when standing and sitting around most of the day)—but it was breezy—and gusts of wind knocked over many of the displays—and when the sun was behind the clouds and the wind gusted--the cold cut through warm clothing leaving us chilled –A special thanks to Coffeed—fresh brewed cups of coffee were a treat--and warming.
I was around –and participated in the first earth day, too. I haven't always done something for earth day over the past 40 something years—but I have for many of them.
I brought knitting with me, and got a cast on done—more yarn from the same garage sale as the last yarn--(now a buttonless sweater vest)--11 skeins of thick and thin wool and mohair blend (that is a guess—based on how it looks and feels—since I don't have any labels for this yarn.) Not very soft, --and interesting. A catch word for I sort of like it.. but I am not sure. I like the colors—but I am unsure of the texture, (how it is spun) and unsure of the softness (or rather the lack there of) and unsure of the quanity—Well I know I have 11 skeins—but I don't know how many yards that is—or how far that unknown yardage will go towards making a sweater. I am starting top down.. and we'll see how far I get. Enough I think for short sleeved sweater.. maybe enough for half sleeve—or maybe not. The first skein didn't seem to get that far—just a few inches—but its hard to figure with a top down sweater and every round increasing.
It's all ready too big (too many stitches on the needle) to stretch out and see how it really looks. Plain--just stocking knit. A busy yarn like this doesn't need any stitch pattern. It will be a fast project too--this bulky wool + size 13 needles means it won't take long at all to knit. (After this something fine I think Maybe another top of sock weight yarn and size 3 needles.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
But—getting closer! Last night I finished off the back--and had less than a yard of yarn left in the full skein I used for working the back.
There is still quite a bit of yarn on the other two partial skeins—and only a few yards will be needed to knit the garter band for the back neck facing. The remains? Trim I guess on something (some lace trim on a pair of white (or solid blue?) arm warmers? Or some trim on a hat? Or both? Or something else? Well nothing I am thinking of right now.
So here it is, garter bands till to be knit, but shoulders grafted and ends woven in.
Finished-- it is a few inches longer than the spice vest—but it's also an inch or so short of the ideal length. I love the results anyway. The yarn—almost all partial skeins was $3 at a garage sale—and the results? Easily worth 10 times that—if this were machine made. Hand made? 100 times increase in value!
Already it is a match for several items in my wardrobe--but it will be pretty paired with a navy skirt (still to come) or a grey one.
Friday, April 19, 2013
While the skeins get more and more anemic. I try not to look at them, or to worry. I got many more rows (earlier in the knitting) than I thought possible for anemic skeins, and now each row is so much shorter. I am hoping that all my angst is for naught.
The front sections, original had 65 stitches—they each lost 5 to the armhole (the back lost 5 too), The front V neck saw 15 stitches whittled away over many rows —and is now just 45 stitches. 3 more single stitch decreases to go-- as the 3 purl stitch “ditch” between the lace columns become 2 stitch ditches. This will make the shoulder a bit narrower—since I have narrow shoulders. Not very narrow (my shoulder or the vest!)--but the small decrease will make the shoulder area less stretchy—and looking narrower.
The back hasn't changed much... originally 120 stitches, is now 110 stitches. But big changes are coming soon. Since the front bands (5 garter stitches/1 inch) will be continue (after the front shoulders are put on stitch holders. These bands will added to the back neck, so I will need to start the neck line early—but not too early—plus I want the back of the vest longer than the front. I think 2 extra rows rows are enough to make the back just a little longer than the front. Adding two extra rows when knitting flat is piece of cake.
I want the back neck to be slightly lowered--(about ½ inch or so below a normal neck line ) and since the band adds about 1 inch—I need to begin the neck shaping at about inch 8.5 (or so) of the armholes. Maybe latter, if I think I have enough yarn. There will also be some “AT THE SAME TIME” shaping of the back neck and the shoulder—All lot of things will be going on at once! Fortunately, the front neck shaping is complete—from this point the V neck is going to have a straight edge. The decreases in the ribbing will effect the shape of the neck edge is a subtle way.
I had reserved a full skein for the back, and 2 partial ones for the front. Enough I thought—but now, as the skeins become see through—I worry that I underestimated.
This is the exciting (scary!) part of knitting with left overs (and in this case, OTHERS left overs) the question is: Will I have enough? The yarn (all of the yarn in this project) was $3—the cost of yarn is not the issue. The issue is—will I have enough? Do I have enough yarn to add another 2 inches (at least!) to the armholes? Will I have enough to complete the garter band? Will my fear cause me to come to an end too soon? Nothing worse than shortchanging a sweater or a vest (for fear of running out of yarn) and then finding yards and yards of left over yarn (and skimpy sweater).
It would be a shame to have put in the effort—and not have a well fitting FO. Will I have enough yarn? Or will there be a short fall? Tune in tomorrow to see!