I think it was the shrug that made me want to start a new project. In fact, I know it was. Ever since I finished it, I had this overwhelming urge to start a top down cardigan for me. And I knew the one I wanted – the Eyelet Cardi. I rummaged through the stash – I had some Dale Svale – it is a beautiful red, and I knew it would be perfect for the project. But….I didn’t have enough in the stash. And I couldn’t believe it – I didn’t have any DK cotton-blend yarn – wool, yes, but not cotton. And since spring is coming, I really wanted something that I could wear for a while.
So I called Chris – and we went to Down Cellar on an emergency yarn run (always nice when you can call a friend, explain how you NEED to buy yarn and they are in, no questions asked!). When we got there, the very nice salesperson helped us find the DK weight yarns – and suggested just the perfect yarn – such a beautiful deep red. So soft. So squishy. Perfect. Cascade Pima Tencel.
We looked around the shop and found a gorgeous sample of a lace shawl/scarf. The yarn it was made out of was Berroco Seduce – gorgeous. I’ll post a picture another day (it is upstairs, and you know I’m lazy). We both bought the yarn – Chris bought a gorgeous grey, and I bought red (of course). We had such a good time, looking at the yarn, talking about the yarn store we want to open some day. Chris was even nice enough to buy me a drink!
As soon as I got home, I cast on and did two rows. Of course, I didn’t bother with a gauge swatch (why waste time?), but for some reason I decided to stop and look the yarn up on Ravelry – I think I was making sure there weren’t any comments of things to watch. And so I looked it up – and WTF? Ravelry had the yarn as worsted. Ugh. I checked Yarndex – nope, worsted.
I deciced to swatch. And yep – totally not the right gauge. With a lot of encouragement from Chris, I tried over – with a smaller needle. Nope – there was no way this yarn was going to make the gauge of the sweater. I spent some time of kicking my own ass for a) not looking at the label myself and b) not questioning the salesperson at all (and I kept on hearing the comment she made “this is also in the worsted room – I wonder why?” – why didn’t I question that!). I finally accepted that I bought worsted weight when I should have bought DK. Grr. So what to do? It was now too late in the day to go back to the store…sigh….so I sat there, whining.
But then, knitting friend to the rescue – Chris IM’d me with a link to another pattern. Perfect (and this time I started with a gauge swatch!)…..I love it!
This yarn is just so nice – I love the way it feels and drapes.
I can’t get a good picture of the color – it isn’t pink at all like it is showing up here – it is really a very deep red. I think the sweater is going to be gorgeous in it. And of course, I’ve bailed on every other project to knit on it!
We don’t really celebrate Easter – but we had a wonderful breakfast with the kids this morning. Andrew is heading back to school this afternoon, and Dan had to work, so it will be just Larry, Cieara and I for dinner. I miss the days of coloring eggs, baskets and big family dinners. But times change, and the time we did get to spend together this morning was wonderful.
Well, I’m off to knit on my cardi – have a wonderful week (and if you celebrate Happy Easter!)