The Madness begins. I didn't even dig out the wool from my stash until late yesterday afternoon. By then someone already had a back finished. Holy cow! Here I am, though. Barbara from Nova Scotia, hi, pleased to meet you, everyone!
I picked option 2. I noticed a majority is going with option 1, but having knit a sweater with wide sleeves at the cuffs before, I chose to pass it this time. Those sleeves tend to get into everything. Forget about washing dishes with it on. Just a heads up.
My hat's off to Michelle for this aptly named event. Madness, indeed. The photo shows how far I got before I, one: realized that I had a twist in the join (incidentally, I am knitting in the round because it's less fussy doing colour work on circs than back and forth! Joke's on me, eh? When will I learn not to mess with a pattern??), and two: let gauge bite me on the arse. I measured myself, I checked the pattern. Fool that doesn't actually check gauge gets to swim with the frogs. Ribbit. Don't collect $200, please start at the beginning. Turns out size L is size HUGE when you don't respect gauge. Ball bands lie. Let us all learn from my mistake. Never laugh in the face of gauge. Lesson learned. Lets move on!
At last, this is where I am. Exactly 6 cm from the beginning. To most this may not sound like a lot, but there were lessons learned (not just about gauge!).
The crochet cast on. It's actually a good thing that my first attempt was twisted, since the only way that first crochet cast on was coming off was with a pair of scissors and much cussing.
The picot fold line. Yup, a first for me. Quite easy actually, but a first nevertheless.
Knit the joining row of facing. Another first. I admit to cussing but it was short lived. Working with live stitches on two circulars tried my patience; the stitches from one or the other kept slipping off, but eventually I saw the light and this seems like a really useful technique to add to my repertoire.
Within a row or two I will make nice with my colour work choice.