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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Knitting Notes

Before I describe the above picture, I have to admit to a bit of knitting fail. I bought the yarn to start the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret two weekends ago, but didn't realize I'd need needles I didn't already own to start it. Thus the week delay in casting it on. Well, I did the ribbing, and realized I needed yet another size of needles (one size up from the ones I just bought) that I don't own. In a fit of what I can now say was complete stupidity, knowing that I generally need to go up a needle size if I'm trying to get gauge, which I had not done with this pattern, I decided to keep going with the needles I'd just bought. Needless to say, in what should come as a surprise to no one who knits, including me, I got most of the way through the hat, and it doesn't fit. So, that's on hold for the moment until I can make it to the store, and buy yet another set of new needles, at which point I'll frog what I've already done. Yes, I am an idiot.

Back in another moment of knitting fail, I'd cast on the Cabled Swing Cardi by Norah Gaughan that's in The Knitter's Book of Yarn. This was back when I was trying to find a project for my Fibre Company Organik yarn, and I cast in during a moment of truly terrible math. I was all the way through the bottom ribbing before sense returned. But I was really sad to frog that ribbing. So I decided that would be my next sweater project. I was surfing around about a week ago, and stumbled upon a really great deal on Classic Elite Renaissance in the Webs closeouts. I decided on a lovely red colorway, which arrived on Saturday, and thus you have the above picture. With my track record on sweaters, I probably won't finish it in time to wear it this season, but I harbor a secret hope of finding the will power to manage that. We'll see how it goes.

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