Trying again…

24 Feb

My long (ok, 3 days) period of no knitting is over… I have swatched (this time in pattern!) and cast on again for the Hexacomb Cardigan.

I’m using Rowan Calmer in a color that is slightly more gray than it looks here.  It’s a beautiful color.  I am knitting to 5.5 st/in instead of the 5 st/in called for in the pattern, so I’m knitting a size up from my usual.  Calmer is lovely to knit with, and the stitch definition is of course excellent.  I’m going to have to knit the sleeves with a size smaller needle, since they are in stockinette and I get a large gauge over this stitch pattern.  Doesn’t that seem crazy?  I’m hoping for more success this time, because I’m not going to give it a third try!

I’m also faced, for the very first time, with needing some sort of baby gift.  Marc’s cousin is having a baby in April, so I’ve started the Tiramisu Blanket from Posie Gets Cozy.

It’s not the most exciting thing ever to crochet, but I’m sure it will be really lovely when finished.  This is Cotton Ease in Ice Blue, one of the old discontinued colors.   I had planned this for a sweater, but when I realized I needed something for a baby boy I changed my mind.   Ask me how I feel about this project after 30″ of single crochet… but for now I’m enthusiastic about the end product!

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7 Responses to “Trying again…”

  1. p0liced0nut February 24, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    I’m glad to see that you’re knitting the blanket. I’ve been considering it as a gift for a friend of mine but I wasn’t sure how boring it would be. I look forward to your “boringness report,” lol!

  2. Mandi February 24, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    When I made the tiramisu all the single crochets did get old after a while, but the finished project was worth it.
    I’m just waiting for a friend to find out what she is having before I can start on another one. I used cotton ease for the other one I made and it works up lovely!
    I can’t wait to see your finished blanket!

  3. Mary February 25, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    UG.H!! 30 inches of single crochet. I saw the blanket on her blog, but I did not read the pattern. It looks like all of that single crochet will be worth it. Regardless, your finished products are beautiful.

  4. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) February 25, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    At least it’s crochet and not knitting. So much faster. In fact, now I’m considering the wisdom of the knitted blanket I have planned for a friend’s baby.

  5. brook February 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    i bet that cardi is going to be adorable!! it’s the only thing i like from the new IK. i can’t wait to see it completed!!

  6. Lori February 25, 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    I just decided to knit that in Calmer, too! I love the colors you chose. I’ll be using Tangerine for the main color and I need to pick up a contrasting color. Can’t wait to see yours!

  7. LisaB February 26, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    I just finished the Tiramisu! Def. worth the effort… try to think of it as medatative rather than tedious. ;) Check your hook size before you get too far – lots of folks have commented that using the specified hook gave too rigid a fabric in the end.

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