Alright I did cast something else on, after I said I was going to have a monogamous relationship with my lace shawl. But, while, I lied. I needed something that was knitting at a bigger gauge. So I could actually see progress.
My sister bought me a skein of this yarn a few Christmases ago and I love the color. I later bought 2 more skeins of it, thinking I would make a sweater for myself. But it never got made because I came to realize that I don't really like knitting sweaters. I did want a large project for this yarn though because I had 600+ yards of it. I've been keeping my eyes out and recently found the Yarn Harlot's poncho. Maeve's teacher wears poncho type things at school and seeing her has made me want one of my own. I remember having a poncho that I loved in junior high. Are poncho's timeless? Or are they totally out of style? Regardless I think I am going to make it because I will get a lot of wear out of it and love it. I'm not a huge fan of fringe though so I am looking for a different border for the bottom of the poncho. Maybe a simple lace pattern?
The knitting in this photo is my swatch. Here is what I find works best for knitting a swatch in the round:
- Cast on enough to join the swatch in the round. On DPNs I usually cast on between 36-40 stitches. For this circular needle swatch I cast on 80 stitches because of the length of the circular needle I had.
- Knit a few rows in garter stitch (alternating knit rows and purl rows).
- Knit 4 inches or more in the pattern stitch, stockinette for this swatch.
- Knit a few rows in garter stitch again at the end so the ends do not curl and it is easier to measure. I probably should have done a few more rows of garter stitch in this swatch because it is curling a bit but I got impatient.
- Bind off and block your swatch.
- Measure your swatch over several inches to determine stitch and row gauge.
I finished reading the Call the Midwife Series. I enjoyed all the books but the last 2 were a bit more depressing. I mean you reading about the workhouses, which were such a terrible, terrible idea in so many ways. But it led to an interesting discussion between my husband, daughter, and I after she read a few pages of the book when I left it lying around. We talked about different people's opinions about policies for the poor and why, at the time, some people thought the work houses were a good idea. You know, that whole idea that you can't make it too comfortable or everyone will want to live there and be a free loader. Which I don't buy because I think that generally most people want to be able to support themselves if they can. But I won't get on that soap box.
I found it interesting at the end to read about what happened to all the characters after the docks closed and the midwives and nuns were no longer needed in the area. I wondered if the television series would end after three seasons, just following her 3 books but the last few episodes have been full of things that did not happen in her memoirs so I suppose the show will go on with created content. Which I am happy about because I enjoy it.
This week has been a bit stressful but a great learning experience concerning my first fleece. Come back Friday to read all about it. I'm super excited to share!
Labels: sweater, sweaters, Work-in-Progress