B: Mommy, I like you.
Me: I am glad you like me, since I am your mom.
B: Mommy, I want to be a great knitter just like you.
Me: (My heart melting away), Oh, you are just such a sweet little one.
B: Mommmm, (jumping with excitement on the couch) now I can go with you to knitter's nite. I am a knitter too. We can go together and have fun!!
Me: Oh, that sounds fantastic (imagining the fun adventures at the yarn shop with him and 12 other knitters)
B: But Nyah can't come Mom because she is not a knitter like us!!
Me: Just burst out laughing and hug the little tyke!
Nyah: Trying to get a hold of the loom that her brother has and the yarn--I think she knows that her brother is planning an outing without her.
Be still my heart! My son wants to be just like me. I never thought I would hear anyone utter those words. He must really think I am special, I will enjoy it while it lasts. I know in a couple of years that will probably change. He will probably prefer to go with his dad to the shop and build things out of wood with some kool tools. For now, I will enjoy it and take as many pictures as I can. Next weekend, I have to get him a pair of plastic knitting needles as he has expressed an interest in learning to knit with the needles. He says he has "mastered" the loom--that he knows how to lift the loop off the peg and how to "tangle" the loom, he is ready for more!
An hour or so later....
B: Mom, I like the yarns with lots of colors.
Me: Don't you like the one for my sweater--all one color.
B: No, that is boring mom!
Me: Oh, ok, well, we can find you something in the closet that you probably like.
B: Running to the closet--Mom--I found something!
Me: Holding my breath and shaking my head--I am sorry sweety, I am afraid that is not yarn for the loom--he had my Lorna's Laces between his little hands.
B: oh, Mom! I like it. Give it to me.
Me: No, not that one. Here, here is a nice one with some reds--handing him some Caron Simply Soft
B: Mom--this is not nice yarn! I want nice yarn!
Me: Maybe later, after you have learned a bit more--promise!
B: Ok, let's go knit mom.
We go back to the couch and sit next to each other to knit while Dad and Nyah sleep.
The knitting on the Essential Stripes sweater has come completely to a halt. I altered the pattern a bit to add ribbing on the bottom section. Although the ribbing looks good, I first started it as a mock cable rib, After looking at it closely, I decided against the mock cable and tinked down on those ribs that had the mock cable. I thought it would look good, however, after trying it on I see some difference in that one row where the mock cables were located. The stitches were a bit bigger on that one row and I do not know if blocking would have helped to fix it. So, the frog came and took away an afternoon's work in about 2 minutes!
My question to those of you whom are more experienced in needle knitting--should I work the ribbing on a smaller size needle? I have noticed that hats have the ribbing usually done in a smaller size needle. Does that apply in this situation? Also, I know I need a multiple of 4, right now I have 165 stitches--should I decrease 1 to make it the ribs work, or should I increase 3? If I decrease would it cause a bunching effect at the top of the ribs?