Thursday, February 17, 2011
These hexagon's are for my next bag. I love them but let me just say they are not multiplying really fast. I have yet to finish the felted hexagon bag, almost done, but not quite yet. Maybe I can complete it today as I have one son home with a bad sore throat. I have to take him to the Doctor so no work for me.
The problem is I didn't keep going, and the half made swatch just sat there in my bag. I moved the project to my car so I could pick it up easily while out and about. Finally the gauge swatch was finished and guess what, it was too small. OK, no problem, go up a needle size, which is not unusual for me. Swatch number 2 wasn't perfect but it was going to be fine as the yarn and dress have a lot of, "give" to them. I casted on 180 stitches, and got started. After two rows I realized my knitting was twisted. Even though I had checked it several times, it was twisted. Okay, no big deal. I started again. I casted on 180 stitches, knit 5 rows and realized my knitting was twisted. I have been knitting for 24 years. I have used circular needles a million and one times, I don't recall ever twisting my knitting, let alone twice in one project.
So as I am taking off the knitting again, I decide to check my gauge again and what did I find? This dress was going to end up being way, way, too big. So I guess the universe was trying to tell me something by twisting the knitting so I would not keep knitting, and knitting, and knitting and end up with a beautiful summer dress I could not wear.
The yarn for this dress is really interesting. It is Amazing by South West Trading Company. It is made of 100% corn fiber. It is very soft and lovely, more like a narrow tape than a traditional yarn. As you can see above I have just casted on again, smaller needles, and hopefully not twisted. Now I am just looking for the time and motivation to get going on it.
By the way have you seen the absolutely beautiful crochetr flowered shawls everyone is making in blog land? I am usually not one to jump on the band wagon with everyone else, but I have to say I am very, very tempted. That is even though I have a hexagon bag to work on, and a dress to knit. Oh.....if there was only more time in my day!
Wishing all of you a wonderful day, hope you find time to do what you love.