I always feel a little sad when I don’t have a sweater on the needles. To combat this, I decided to cast on for the flutter sleeved cardigan from the current Interweave. I’m using O-Wool Balance in Lapis.
Shortly after I took the photo I measured the sweater, and found that although I am making up my own size 32 sweater (I’m sorry, 36 is not a small) it was coming out too large. I was frustrated because I swatched. I always swatch, yet I have been plagued by gauge problems lately. I was using size 6 needles, so I went down to 5s and swatched… and the gauge was dead on. Then I started thinking… you know my ill fated hexacomb cardi, the first one where I blamed the pattern for my gauge problems? It was swatched at the same time as this yarn a few weeks ago, both on size “6″ needles. Um… I went back and checked on a few other yarns, and those weren’t size 6 needles I swatched on. They were 5s. Oopsie. Actually, it’s quite a relief to realize that I haven’t miraculously started knitting tighter lately. I was getting really discouraged about my inability to get sweaters started well, but now it’s all better!
I’ve cast on again using smaller needles, and all is well. The O-wool balance knits up beautifully, but be forewarned that it contains a ton of vegetable matter. We’re talking almost Noro level here. I don’t mind so much, but it’s something to realize.
I have a photo of joy, over 50% complete! I only have 1 front and one of those tiny sleeves remaining.
The pattern has been nice in general. I don’t like the way the collar is coming out, and I’m not sure about my seaming… I left the ends out so I can take this apart and try again. I used whip stitch for the body, and that worked great (this is what my comfi cardi called for, and unlike in knitted pieces the whip stitching is invisible.) I used mattress stitch for the shoulder and sleeve, but I’m not thrilled with is. The pattern recommends back stitch, which I don’t know how to do, but I may try to learn in oder to fix it. Does anyone have a suggestion? I think this will be a cute sweater when it’s done!
I’ve been in kind of a funk lately… Marc was gone all week to a conference, though he’s back now, and we’re almost to Easter, so I won’t have any days off for a week. Last year I played all the Easter masses, but this year I will sing them. That means I won’t have to save my wrists for all the extra work, so I’ll be able to get in some good stress knitting!