Progress on my Scatness Tunic is deceptive. I have been knitting on the stockinette portion in the evenings, but when I measure it there is little change. An hour or two later I measure it again. No change.
How can this be?
Months ago my favorite measuring tape was dropped (admittedly by me) and the case broke. I’ve had this measuring tape since 2008. It has memories associated with it. This tape measure has marked inches and centimeters on socks and sleeves, shawls and scarves, skirts and dresses even. It’s gone places, been used in classes and at fiber festivals. It’s seen some serious knitting action.
After it broke I used the tape gently winding it back up by hand after each use and placed it in my knitting kit so it wouldn’t tangle with crochet hooks or darning needles. Recently I bought a new tape measure. It’s pretty boring but the case is bright yellow so I thought what-the-heck, it’s cheery at least.
Could the new tape measure need breaking in to measure correctly?
Could it be jealous that I haven’t tossed the old favorite tape measure?
Could it need a decal or decoration for mojo?
Or could it just be that knitting stockinette in off-white is just slow and I need to quit measuring progress until I can hold the sweater up under my arm and it reaches my hip therefore being close to seventeen inches?
I’m going to keep going and assume the stockinette portion of this sweater is like a watched pot that never boils. I’ll wake up one morning, measure the sweater and it will magically be seventeen inches from the cast on edge. Or twenty-seven.