I've been working steadily on an ambitious knitting project: an elaborately patterned cardigan, made up of yarn that I dyed with plants that I either foraged or grew in my garden. (And no, I did not dye that crazy green at the bottom. That's just a temporary place-holder.)
The decoration is complicated, so I've been trying to keep the shaping simple. I'm basing my garment on the proportions of a favorite store-bought cardigan.
I used the existing sweater to create paper templates. And then I knit to fit the templates. I'm knitting both sleeves at one time, in a large tube. I'm going to cut the tube apart, which will result in two identical sleeves.
The knitted motifs are based on historical garments, although I shuffled around the placement of the various bits.
I thought I was really clever.
But, in fact, I'm an idiot.
Look at the photo above this block of text. Do you see the area between the two blue knitting needles? See how there's a big yellow motif, made up of s sort of flower surrounded by brackets? See how it lines up, inside the blue lines? Top yellow band has a big flower, smack between the blue needles. Next yellow band has the same thing. And the yellow band at the bottom of the photo? The one that I'm currently knitting? The one that has taken me two nights to do?
I could just cry.