Wednesday, May 21, 2008


It's rare that I hit in impasse in my knitting. Usually, my queue is so long that I am hurrying to finish one project so I can move on to the next. But right now, well, I am at a standstill. I'm thinking of hosting a knitalong for one of my Ravelry groups......but I'm not quite ready yet. So meanwhile I thought I'd swatch for some potential projects. Trouble is, my swatching isn't going well. I swatched for a little cardi that I'm planning on doing in Noro silk garden. I swatched w/ the suggested US 8 needles, and it came out too big. So, I switched to US 7's. Way to tight. Hmmm. At that point I thought "oh, the size 8's were probably okay after all". So, I cast on and got about 7 inches done on the back of the cardi. But, it seemed, well, floppy. So I measured. Yup, you guessed it, my gauge was off by a lot. Let's just say that I am supposed to get 18 stitches over 4 inches and I was getting like, 16. Not good. So to the frog pond I went. New swatch, on 7's again. (Yes, my third swatch, or fourth if you count the back of the sweater...). I washed this one, pinned it out.............perfection. But now, do I even want to re-start this dumb sweater??? We'll see.......

Monday, May 19, 2008

Yay, getting through it!

Hurray, another FO. This is Juliet, from Debbie Bliss's Rialto book. I did in in "beige", although it is actually a sort of stone color. The miles of garter stitch made my eyes cross, but once I got through that, the rest was very fun. Do you like the celtic knot button on there? I am hoping that this will be one of those "wearable" sweaters.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Pebble Beach

Yay, another FO! Doesn't the color remind you of pebbly sand? I did this cute sweater for my LYS, Renaissance Yarns in Kent. It's the Capri sweater from Rowan 43, done in Calmer. I love that stuff, this is my third, no, fourth project using Calmer. Talk about crack for knitters. It knits up like a dream, wears and washes well, sooooo comfy. Blah blah blah, right? Anyway, it just needs to be finished with these womping snaps. Kind of a quirky closure, but I think it'll look fun. Oh, and obviously my ends need to be woven in. There you go. So, now I can move on to my beige wonder, Juliet!