OK, I have to admit it. I am terrible about gauge. I think that when you have the right pattern and the right yarn, it will all just work out. So why waste precious time swatching….I mean, the whole square thing – everyone knows that people just stretch it out to fit what its supposed to be (or is that just me?). Ugh. When I want to start a project, I want to start a project.
But….I also have to admit that not doing a swatch has really bitten me in the ass. I didn’t do one for Ariann, but I did measure once I had 4 inches done on the sweater (too bad about that the gauge was supposed to be done in stockinette and not in the pattern stitch)….and now I’m worried that it won’t fit me (I can always lose/gain weight, right?).
The second sweater I knit was for Larry. It was really beautiful – my first cables. I made it out of Rowan Plaid in Stormy Night. It really turned out well – Plaid is nice yarn – bulky weight, but so soft – its a merino/acrylic/alpaca blend. I actually flew to California to have my mother show me how to do a cable (I owed her a visit) and I was so proud when it was done. That was about 2 and a half years ago….and Larry’s worn it about twice (hey, Larry, newsflash – this is why Na Craga is sitting in the basket!). I sometimes pull the sweater out of his drawer and pet it. Sigh….
Rowan discontinued Plaid recently – I was so sad. I always meant to buy some to make a sweater for me out of the same pattern book I knit his from. Then I saw some on the DeStash blog….it was pretty cheap, but I wanted to see what it was selling for elsewhere. Long story short….
Rowan Plaid in Moon Wave – bought it from eBay for a very very good price. The color looked different online, and when I opened the box, I was a bit iffy on it….but I decided I like it. Its grey, white, blue (looks a bit pink in the picture but its not).
So what does all this have to do with anything? I did a gauge swatch. I decided it was time for me to grow up and be a real knitter. So here you go….and seeing this….I just fell in love with the yarn (Ariann? What? Huh?).
This is going to knit up very fast – size 11 needles. Which really feel like logs after knitting on US 1’s on the train (and 7 on Ariann). So now its the big decision….which pattern? I was thinking about this, but thought that the plain stitch would drive me mad, and then I liked this…but then I saw this – and this is the one!
Now- I wonder if I can make this in the round – I hate seaming…hmmmm