Chicken Run. One of the silliest movies I've ever seen. Set in Scotland, or the North of England, it's about a chicken farm run by the dimwitted Mr. Tweedy and his cold and greedy wife, Mrs. Tweedy, who's unhappy with the profits from the chicken business. So she decides to buy a pie machine to increase revenues. "Chickens go in; pies come out," she says with evil glee. If you haven't seen the movie, at least check out this 30 second clip. Very funny
I'm sure you are wondering what this movie and its terrifying pie machine has to do with knitting. I will tell you. As I said last week, it's sweater season. It's the season when knitters begin their quest for the holy grail of sweater patterns - the one that fits perfectly, flatters our individual shape, and suits our particular style. Oh yes, and it must also be written for the gauge of the yarn we just fell in love with...
If only there were a way to get such a pattern. If only there were a pattern machine where measurements go in; patterns come out. What kind of patterns? Sweater patterns of course! We do have that! But unlike Mrs. Tweedy's menacing machine, we're using the computer and Amy Herzog's wonderful program, Custom Fit.
There's so much angst in sweater knitting, isn't there? We think, what if I spend all that time (and money) on a sweater and it doesn't fit? All knitters share that fear. I get it. I've had the bad sweater experience more than once, which is why I've spent the last 12 years designing and teaching Fit and Finish classes in the shop. These classes taught students how to adjust existing patterns to accommodate their measurement and/or their gauge so the pattern would fit. We held these quarterly and it was pretty much life changing for our knitters. Finally you can make a sweater that fits you. Making the changes was tedious and fiddly, but if you wanted your sweater to fit, that's what you had to do, right? And we did. But now we don't have to. Amy Herzog's Custom Fit Program does all the calculations for you so you can spend time knitting instead of figuring and worrying. Because we knit to relax and have fun. If you need an arithmetic challenge, work a sudoku. If you want to knit a gorgeous sweater that fits, come to Sweaterfest, get measured, get your yarn, and get started on the best fitting sweater you've ever knit.