Tuesday, September 09, 2008

That’s The Way I Like It!

I really love knitters and knitting designers. I really admire someone who has a design vision and sees it through to completion and then the fortitude and business acumen to write up a pattern and sell it. Seriously, what other group of people would you feel comfortable emailing a question to, over a weekend, and get your questions answered within hours? I had a couple of questions for Wendy regarding the Marilyn’s Not-So-Shrunken pattern and emailed her on Saturday. What a sweetie – she was back to me within hours with answers and a couple of other suggestions. Thanks so much, Wendy!

This past Friday, I knit one swatch using 3 mm needles. I washed and blocked it.
Stitch gauge check = exactly on.

Row gauge check = one row too long; I can live with that.

With a pretty successful swatching experience in hand, I cast on Marilyn’s Not-So-Shrunken cardie on Friday night. I managed to work on it on and off throughout the weekend and yesterday while other WIPs beckoned. Here’s the progress so far:
The pattern calls for ‘at least’ 24” circulars. I’m still casting on stitches so this baby is going to be uncomfortably tight on the needles before I put the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn. It’s too bad my trip to Wolfville yesterday coincided with Gaspereau Valley Fibres’ closed day of the week or I would have gotten longer circulars. I don’t know if anyone else nearby sells them or not but, after last night’s knitting, I realise I’m going to have to try. The stitches are so tightly gathered together that they are threatening to slide off the needles and I’m having to use a significant amount of hand muscle force keeping them where they should be.

I love how you can see the raglan part of the sleeves appearing in this top down knit. It’s very exciting and my first top down sweater. Naturally I will keep you posted on how it goes. Stay tuned for a 2008 FO date - I hope!

The other big knitting news in my life is that, thanks to Ravelry (ah, Ravelry. The online community that give so much and asks so little…), I have hooked up with a fellow ‘raveller’ right here in Middleton! This is a dream come true as I was really missing other knitters to sit and knit and chat with. A group of Ravelers here in the Valley have met up a few times but I haven’t been able to attend thus far. Then, on Saturday when I was perusing Ravelry, I noticed that they were meeting that afternoon. I called Barbara to initiate a car pool but the meeting ended up being cancelled. Instead, Barbara offered for her and me to meet up at her house for an afternoon of knitting. It was great fun and I hope I can host a knit up in the future. That is a little more difficult to plan for at my house. Not that I don’t like visitors, I love them and can plan and host a play date at the drop of a hat. However, Iain is not conducive to knitting. He pulls on yarn. This is bad, bad, bad when you’re trying to knit. Particularly if you hope to finish the project you’re working on instead of picking up the stitches he keeps pulling off.

Sorry I missed writing a blog post yesterday. Iain was overdue for his twelve month needles. He was already fussy yesterday – a fact I attribute to teething seeing as the only thing that would settle him was chewing on frozen fruit – and a needle yesterday did not help the evening or this morning. Anyways, it’s been a bit of a rough 24 hours or so. I did knit a wee bit last night but had no time or extra energy to write.


Samantha said...

The cardi looks good. Yay for a good swatch. :) I love the colour!

Thanks for reminding me ... Ethan is due for his 12 month appointment too. Bleh. Not looking forward to that.

Yarnhog said...

That yarn looks yummy.

I am newly obsessed with top-down knitting myself--all at once, no seams, almost no ends to weave in. The only drawback is that the project does tend to get a bit heavy and awkward toward the end, especially while working the sleeves--a price I'm willing to pay!

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE that yarn. That picture is making me feel all Fall-like (which I also LOVE).

With all the swatches you've made lately have you thought about a knit-work-quilt. Stitch them all together and at this rate you'll have a full lap throw by next September (hee hee).

Iain - I have a tip for you. Tell your mom to buy Tubes (those yogourt treats) and put them in the freezer. They are nummy and will make your aching gums feel much better (especially when you don't feel like eating). Our little secret though ok. ; )

JustApril said...

YAAY! a swatch that works! woo hooo Very pretty yarn, too.