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Behavior Modification: Changing how you react to something to increase the probability of success.
Behavior modification is something we demonstrate for our children to emulate (actions/language). How to respond to gifts? How to handle compliments? Criticisms? Frustration? Challenges? Dining etiquette? Crossing the street? Thinking ahead/planning multi-step projects?

I can’t tell you how happy I was when I became an adult in a home where I didn’t have to be a constant ‘good example’ for the children. My social and safety skills were sufficient for just the four of us (hubby, two dogs, and moi). Unfortunately, driving solo appears to have deteriorated my driving skills. Unless dogs were in the car (they do not wear seat belts, so I am very careful of how the car leans, shifts gravity-wise, decelerates, etc.) I drove knowing my balance was compensated by pressure on the brake, knowing when to lean in, etc., plus I wore a seat belt. I forget to do the same for the rare human passengers. My son commented. Ouch. My mother commented. Double ouch!

Knitting Modification: Changing how you create something to increase the probability of success/fitting/enough yarn.

Select yarn (in this case, light worsted weight superwash marino stash from Tangled and Warped).

Select basic pattern. My go-to resource for raglan everything is from Spinnerin vol. #309, page 17 (c)1963. Out of print. My original was photocopied from a co-worker. I found one on eBay last year in mint condition. It replaced the deteriorating 35-year-old version that I used for almost every sweater I made for my kids (‘way back when they still wore things I made them).

Guestimate result. I was an English major, so it’s a ‘you do the math’ thing. Guess wrong. Call to get child’s height. Decide it will be a top that will fit her until she is at least four (she is 18 months old now).

Select stitch pattern to insert/add to the basic pattern. Curse stitch pattern. Look for errata online. Finally locate it but it doesn’t cover your situation. How could it have been missed? It has been duplicated and promoted on several blogs. How could they miss this major issue?

Rant to all and sundry on errors. Books in general have errata these days rather than correct patterns from the first printing. Having to check for errata before beginning a project is annoying and unprofessional! Be sure to stress this inconvenience to knitters and non-knitters alike. Grump. Grump some more.

Realize you have converted the pattern to be knit on circular needles rather than back and forth. You compensated by changing the knits to purls every other row, but you neglected to reverse the sequence of stitches as well.

Oh. Um…

Center leaf pattern from Knitting on the Edge, page 121—a really great book with very few errata after 5 years on the market. My apologies to Nicky Epstein. I own a few of her books and this is the first (admittedly self-induced) problem I have ever had. (Not the first self-induced one, and definitely not the last.) (sigh)

Behavior Modification: Accepting that changes are multi-step processes will increase the probability of success. Remind self to assume children are always present and act accordingly (said child may be a shortsighted self…).

End result: A jumper dress for Docious that will grow with her from 18 months (as a dress) to 4t (as a top). Modeled by Blue. (Human model not available at time of photo session.)

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I was worried that my adjustments to the leaf cardigan would result in insufficient string supply, so I scarfed up another skein via the internet (ahem, *not* on sale, but not retail, either) and then ended up with that full skein plus the rest of the contrasting color. What to do with it? There wasn’t enough for a matching sweater for her mom. There was too much to waste on just a hat.

So I browsed…. and browsed… and found the perfect pattern at Lion Brand. It was a freebie, to boot.

This was a quick and easy knit that I converted to knitting in the round until reaching the upper torso. I used up almost all of the yellow, and every single bit of the contrasting color. As in, I was being very careful to leave only the minimum amount of yarn to weave back in… and it was touch and go whether or not the top ties would be striped!

After I delivered it last Saturday, we went to the Portsmouth Market Day (drizzly, grey, but a good outing with the grandkids) where I saw another child (toddler) sporting an almost identical outfit. I may have started the poor child when I darted after her, touched the fiber, and asked her mom, “Did you knit this?” Fortunately the child forgave my rude behavior as her mom raved about the aunt who knit it.

I think I’ll knit another one!

Detail #1
Baby blankets, booties, and cardigans all take longer than you think they will. Knitted items are smaller, t’is true, but they still require fiddly bits prone to making ones fingers feel ogre-sized and ogre-clumsy.

Detail #2
Babies grow. No matter how impossibly small they start out, they get bigger very quickly.

Detail #2b
Knitting rarely ‘grows’ once completed. Shrinking is more likely.

Detail #3
Saving patterns for future use may require ‘adjustments’ because said infant did indeed, get bigger faster than the knitted apparel could be started completed. If the child on the cover of the totally cute pattern booklet looks to be about 12-ish months, it is reasonable to expect their patterns inside to be similarly sized. The front cover model surely wasn’t 3-6 months! (But the inside patterns maxed out at 6 months.)

The devil is in these details!

Fortunately, I was able to recognize the difficulty early on and make the needle sizes larger. Then I had to rip back 10 rows when I realized that the sleeves and bodice needed more depth to cover the child without pinning her arms back like a woman’s figurehead at the front of pirate ships of the 1800s in order to get it on.

Children I have known hated being dressed even when things went on easily. (They all do seem to enjoy stripping, however.) Better to adjust and go online to see if additional skeins (King Tut cotton in yellow #424) are available. They were (three times what I paid for the original skeins, but needs must when the devil drives, yes?).

Her body double is blue and doesn’t mind contortions:

She loves to preen but not so much into the photo flash in her face:

With a little help from her mom and tapping into her new-found standing skills, I got the front as well.

Life has been jolly here in the Great ‘Up Nawth’… yup, just chock full of work, deadlines, work, web content revisions, broken dreams code, CSS hell, work, and…

Grandsons were asked for a photo, and they promptly presented this view:
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Then they asked to take a picture of gramma:
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Ahem…Short people have a different perspective… 🙂

Hmmm… there were more but I decided to go upstairs and spend time with the newest rug rat who continues to charm and delight all:
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Beautiful, happy, and healthy... Docious!

Beautiful, happy, and healthy... Docious!


I sang her to sleep again…and again… and wondered if it was my voice that lulled her or a defense mechanism that tuned me out? Don’t care. I enjoy singing to the little ‘uns. Always have.

Migraines suck. Migraines that take multiple doses of toxic-level pharmaceuticals to recede *at all* suck big time.   Guess which one I had today? Since I am posting, you can assume it has slunk to a distance.

Sometimes they grow on me. Sometimes I start the day with a minor sinus headache, and not quite enough sleep, and it mushrooms from there. That would be today. I crawled home… and collapsed with the meds, a cold compress, and a quilt. It took three hours, but I am now pain-free.

I am also wide awake now (if a mite fuzzy headed), when I should be in bed sleeping. This means I will be somewhat sleep-deprived again tomorrow (sigh).

I blame work for the increase in migraine frequency.  The rest of my life is hunky dory!

Maeve at One Week

Docious at One Week

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