First, let me start by saying that there have been knitting and knitting-related stories and bursts of newness to share, so my lack of updates this past week has nothing to do with any sort of content shortage. In fact, I now feel like I have to keep little notes about all of the things which constantly pop into my head so as not to forget.
The lack of updates is directly due to a serious lack of sleep, which in turn, is due to my ongoing inability to properly estimate the amount of time something will take. I tend to get very excited about new projects -- both knitting and career-related -- and while I correctly estmate how long things should take, I INcorrectly estimate how much time I realistically have to actually work on any of these projects.
You see, despite actually GOING TO WORK EACH DAY, I am forever operating as if I still have those large chunks of knitting time at my disposal. Those large chunks which were afforded me while "freelancing" from home (i.e., unemployment).
Also, I have difficulty saying no to things I genuinely want to do.
So, I've been suffering the consequences of this issue of mine all week. I think, in total, I've had about ten hours of sleep since Monday.
My emails, conversations and brain activity in general have been scattered at best and I've been seriously nodding-off at work and while knitting.
Time to step back and reasses.
In any case, I did manage to figure out the rest of the Tivoli math before the sleep deprivation caught up with me and I now have a complete set of notes to reference in the event I make another Tivoli (a definite possibility, depending on how the fit turns out on this one after washing).
I had already worked out the Yoke portion last week.
So, this week, my focus was on the body.
Now, I have to say, my torso is rather short/small and I was worried about making all the required decreases across such a short number of rows. And, for a minute there, I almost lost my head and actually considered starting them right after the armhole. Until, that is, I thought it through and realized the massive err of my ways.
Did I really want darted nipples?
My only explanation for such a stupid consideration is lack of sleep.
In fact, I'm blaming everything this week on lack of sleep.
So, I am knitting until I safely pass over the bust (This term for my boobage always makes me laugh because I keep picturing an actual "bust" as in, SCULPTURE, sitting on my slight cleavage. Again, lack of lseep and also years of Art School influence. Ahem.), THEN starting the decreases and, if I can, I plan to leave at least ten rows (in my gauge, the equivalent of one inch) after decreasing to the desired width before beginning the increases. I was planning on leaving two inches (20 rows) but I'm worried about such a long transition while incorporating the decreases at such a quick rate.
The only thing left, is figuring out excatly when the stripes will begin and how they'll transition and enlarge over a certain number of rows before becoming a solid mass of chocolate.
I have to say, the introduction of the chocolate is making me woozy with excitement.
Is this normal, or do I need to start getting serious about the whole dating thing?
I have been making progress on the Tivoli, but will only post another progress shot when it actually looks different from the last progress shot.
Until then, there will be pictures of notes, more yarn porn and possibly a side project or TWO to talk about and visually display.
Did I mention how tired I am?