You know, it occurs to me that perhaps my hatred of swatching is why my knitting is not as prolific as I might wish. I'd realized when I completed the sleeves on this thing that it was not the right size, which is why I'd put it down. And then I just decided to tear through the bottom to see just how bad it was. It's this bad:
Hey, maybe I actually love swatching so much that this is actually just a full-sized project swatch.
I mean, I do know that I need to check gauge, but there's a part of me that can't get past the fact that I'm using the exact needle size (10 1/2) and yarn size (Aran) that the pattern indicates, so how off could it possibly be? Well... apparently it's supposed to be 12 stitches = 4" in stockinette. And mine is 12 (13?) stitches = 3" in stockinette. Oy vey.
I do like the pattern, and I've got tons of this yarn that a friend gave me, so I think I'm going to leave this one done and whip up another with size 11 needles.
And I'm totally not knitting up a swatch first. How bad could it be?
UPDATE: Yeah, the 11s didn't feel right, so I did pull out a ruler, and I'm going up to 13s. Sigh.
My friend Marlisa has a home full of beautiful cross-stitch. When I visited her recently I was charmed by it all. I even took a gander at my wedding gift to her, which was a cross-stitch I'd done and had professionally framed. I remembered how much I enjoyed doing counted cross stitch for years and years.
When I stopped stitching I was just at the point where I was beginning to create my own designs. In film school there basically wasn't time for anything besides school stuff, and then when I got to L.A. I got interested in knitting. So I've been doing that for a while now, and I enjoy it, but seeing all the wonderful stitcheries at Marlisa's...
Well, I came home and pulled out a little counted cross stitch kit I'd bought on a whim at some point: Daydreams By Debbie Mumm. Here's how mine came out:
The kit whips up quite quickly and comes with an ingenious little frame:
I haven't figured out where I'm going to put it yet, but it's been a nice diversion when I needed to relax. Like most things unrelated to my career, I won't be able to do it uber regularly, but the good thing about cross stitch is that I find it easier to do than knitting while I watch TV - If you lose your place while you're watching, you can quickly find it again. Some people can see their knitting that way, but I've never been able to.
So I went and ordered another cross-stitch that's a larger, long-term project so I won't feel able to plow through it: Celtic Medallion
I've decided to really focus on my sketching and story boarding through the end of the year, but this will give me something non-career related to do as well. I thought the mandala aspect of it would be good for thinking.
I am going to need to rig up a thread sorter before I start if it doesn't come with something. Ah, it's all coming back...
Well, OK. The Unwind Anniversary Event was actually on Thursday, but it feels like it was part of the weekend at large, say.
I've realized, too, that rather than blog in this space about things that I go to, it seems to make more sense to me to use Flickr for that. Rather than Flickr and then I'm republishing the pics here with similar discussion. So I've updated my Unwind Anniversary Event Flickr pics with some commentary.
Basically, I had a great time meeting cool knitting peeps and coveting much yarny goodness. Here's what I came home with:
It is a bit more than I planned. (My friend Melise just noticed I made a second purchase!) I feel good about it, though, because it's not overboard, and I'd been wanting the red thread socks for ages. Although I think I'm going to try the other sock pattern first because I'm so loving the Apple Hill colorway from Lorna's Laces. Can you tell I'm all about the Lorna's Laces???
The other cool thing I did this weekend was the 9th Anniversary show at Wax Poetic. Which I will not be directing you to a Flickr set because I swear every picture I took is crap. I've just realized that in low light when the flash is blowing everything out I can adjust the exposure to compensate for the flash... except when I do that I'm learning that the image in the view screen on the camera does not match the actual picture when I import. The actually picture is much darker.
So anyway, all the pics I took suck except for this one of the new Raskoe mural:
It was a fun night, too, because I was there with some friends - besides my friends at the salon - so we hung out and talked and that was cool. All in all it's been really great to do some fun things in the middle of a very busy January. It's nice that my work and my play have been so rewarding so far this month.
And it looks challenging, too. Oh, I must knit it! I must knit it!
I tried to use stash yarn; I really did. But I can already tell that it's not going to cut it. It's too stringy and unpleasant in my hands. A shawl is a big project, requiring yarn that calls you to it day after day.
That's it, I thought. I'm just going to buy the yarn the pattern calls for: Smooshy from Dream in Color. It's only three skeins.
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