Monday Project Report – Pinewood Derby And A Sleeve


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.

Yeah, it looks red but it was really a crystal orange colored paint.  Not sure why the color did not come out brighter on the wood.

Finally we have Vash’s car – which was obviously green.

He is in the yellow lane.

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 . . . .

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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3 Responses to Monday Project Report – Pinewood Derby And A Sleeve

  1. danielle says:

    See? See why I’m so nervous to start something that actually needs to be sewn together? You are amazing to even have the patience to deal with having to contact the author and figure it all out. I would have turned it into a vest 🙂 And I think it’s time you made something for yourself now. AND finish Chip’s socks, I can’t wait to see those finished.
    I love the pic of the boys with their cars.

  2. Shelly R. says:

    Sis, you are just silly. You would have looked at this pattern and knew the top portion was wrong immediately and made the same adjustments I did. You probably would have called me to make sure I agreed with you and to grumble about the pattern, but you would have figured it out. Plus, it is not the seaming that caused the problem. It was the pattern and designers screw up patterns knit in the round too. It’s easy to contact the designer – he moderates the ravelry group for the book so I just PM’d him – twice on a Friday night and he responded to both posts. Seaming is EASY – you just backstitch it together. Folks who don’t like it usually don’t have the sewing experience you have from doing embroidery. It has the same meditative qualities that the counted cross-stitch has and once you do it, you will be amazed that you did not do it for so long. You always make me laugh when you tell me you can’t do things when you do such amazing intricate things without a thought. (spinning, my shawl . . . .)

  3. Good for you having such persistence! I love the simplicity of the design (it may not be ‘interesting’ to you but I really like the relaxed look of it), but have to admit, I wouldn’t dream of knitting something that then had to be sewn together!! Looking forward to seeing the finished sweater.

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