No I didn’t forget

So somehow over the space of a little less than 12 weeks this summer I found a house, bought a house, sold a house, launched a book, and moved across the country.  I don’t particularly recommend that timeline (let’s just say I picked a book launch schedule long before I knew we were moving), but it turns out, it is more or less possible (if you don’t mind not getting much sleep for a while in the middle there).

However, it didn’t leave me with much time for swatching.

Luckily, I’m all settled in now (unpacked, and even most of the way through that inevitable list of tiny things you want to change about any new house), and back to swatching for Curls 3.

This is the lovely Daintree yarn from Skein (love them, the socks I did with their yarn continue to delight) in the color Sea View.  And lovely as it is now, when I get the swatch off the needles and properly blocked, I suspect it will be even better!

You’ll be seeing more of Curls 3 stuff around here in the next little while, but if you want to catch up on what’s gone on so far, you can see all of the posts about it here.

At least my feet will be warm…

I’m absolutely positively convinced that warm feet make all the difference on cold days.  And you all know I have a slew of wool socks (perks of the trade…).  But sometimes you want an extra layer, and that’s where the slippers come in.  I’ve been rocking the slippers over socks thing the last few mornings (what can I say, it’s chilly…) and found that I wanted some taller ones.  So these are going to come up all the way over my ankles.

And they’re out of seriously thick yarn (Malabrigo’s Twist in the color Zinc) knit just as tight as I can make it.

And yes, they will look like crumpled moth wings until I get them blocked.  But I’m quite confident they’ll be lovely when I’m done.  Just hang in there with me and we’ll get it sorted out.

Lovely and warm…we mustn’t forget warm…

Swatching swatching swatching

It really is shocking just how much of my knitting is actually swatching.

Because sometimes, the thing you think will be lovely just isn’t quite right.  But I promise it’s better to rip it out and try again than to push on with an unsuitable pairing.

And sometimes what doesn’t work with one colorway will be just fine with that same base, just in another color.  Which is why you’ll be seeing those leaves again, just in a rather more subdued gray, in the not too distant future…

The boss of your knitting…

This is just your friendly occasional reminder that you (not the yarn tag) are in charge of your gauge (and needle size)!  This is Malabrigo’s Twist, which is a lovely aran weight yarn.  They suggest knitting it at around 4-5 stitches per inch, and suggest a needle size around 8 1/2 – 11.

All of which is cool, and totally works for something like a hat (though for me to get 4 spi with this yarn, I use something like a size 4 needle).  But I’m making slippers, and I want them to be as dense as I can get them.  With this yarn, that means something like 5.5 or even 5.75 spi…which I get using a size 2 needle.

And that’s all awesome…there are no problems there.  I am totally not saying there is anything wrong with the yarn or the tag.  But I am saying that the yarn tag (and needle sizes in general) is really nothing more than a vague guess that may work for some people and some projects.  What you actually get with your hands and your needles is the only reliable guide (which is why swatching is so so so important)!