As anyone who has looked at this blog knows, the boys are all involved in Cub Scouts – as is Chip who assists in leading two of their Dens. One of their annual events is the Pinewood Derby, where the boys design and build their own race cars from a block of wood. They can add weights up to a specified total weight to make it go faster and I understand that there are certain tricks to how they are weighted that affects their speed. I’m not familiar with the ins and outs of this project, but I know that the boys and Chip have spent alot of time in the basement working on their cars this past week, so let me show them to you.
First is Markus’s car – its the red one going down the red track.
Then we have Jesse’s Orange race car, which is also in the red lane.
Finally we have Vash’s car – which was obviously green.
You would have thought that our cars would have done well – they were all aerodynamically shaped and Chip added weights to the maximum allowed – but it did not quite work out the way the boys hoped – and we were last or second to last in every heat they ran. So back to the drawing board for next year.
And the cars now enter their retirement/toy stage of existence with their respective boys.
On my end, I have been working on Chris’s baseball sweater – and ran into LOTS of problems with the pattern at the top of the sleeve. I had to contact the designer twice about changes I was making – which he told me were correct – but they are so far off from what is written in the pattern in his BOOK (sooooo much harder to correct for folks than a pattern that is downloaded) that I will post the complete correction in the final blog post on it – which should be in the next week or two. Here’s what I have for today.
I finished the first sleeve and I am about a third of the way through the second sleeve.
I laid it out to give you an idea of how it will look when put together because, truthfully, a picture of a dark grey stockinette stitch sleeve is just not that interesting to look at – or to knit. On the plus side I am able to knit it up pretty quickly, which is good because Chip has requested this sweater too but in the reverse colors. The other cool thing is that it used up 4 skeins of yarn so far to knit the sleeves – which is helping my destash numbers immensely (since I could not subtract any of the yarn I knit in Chip’s sweater – it wasn’t in my “stash”).
One of the big problems with this particular pattern that folks have complained about in Ravelry is how to fit in the sleeves. Most folks ran into trouble – though it could have been because they knit the pattern in the book, and then it wouldn’t be right because the pieces would have been misshapen. The shoulders this sweater are supposed to look like this:
Unfortunately, the book gives no guidance other than the picture of how to accomplish that. I think I have it figured out though.
There is alot more to work out to make sure that the neckline goes in correctly – it looks like the back opening is smaller than the front – which it has to be to fit this sleeve correctly – but I really wish that this designer had clearly set out how to construct this sweater in his pattern. It is soooo important to help folks know clearly what to do if you want them to pay you for your designs. I am truly hesitant now about working with his designs – and I don’t want to be because his designs are good – this patterns just is not.
So that is all I have for you this week. By next week I will have the second sleeve done and I will try to have the sweater finished too. That would complete my sweater projects in my baskets – which is kind of wild to think about. I still have Chip’s socks to finish and a vest for me and then I think we fill the baskets again with a whole new round of projects.
Let’s see, I want the Aidez sweater for me . . . and I have to make Chip’s baseball jersey sweater . . . . and a Star Wars hat for Chris . . . and . . . .