You always underestimate how long it will take you to get back to normal life after a holiday, don’t you? Even just a weekend away shakes you out of your normal routine, and makes it hard to get back to the daily round. But I think we’re getting there. Parcels are on their way out today, so keep a lookout for pinkness coming your way, if you were at the sale on Sunday. This week’s yarn is dyed and drying (sunshine! Yes, really!), and it’s oh so pretty. More on that tomorrow.
I got lots of knitting done this weekend: I’m up to the toe decreases on one sock, I’m about to start the edging on the Fir Cone shawl (and you thought I was neglecting that, didn’t you?), and I’m halfway up the sleeve of Mr P’s Fair Isle sweater. Speaking of which……..
Let’s talk about gauge. It’s a mystery to me. I’m a loose knitter, so I always end going down a needle size, or two. I’m a bit of a slacker when it comes to gauge swatches – I always do teeny tiny ones, and never bother to measure the row gauge. But for this sweater I did a proper sized swatch, in the Fair Isle pattern, as instructed.
(Yes, I know you’ve seen it before, but indulge me. Isn’t it pretty?!)
The pattern recommended 6.5mm needles, but I had to drop down three times before I got gauge. That was a lot of swatching. So, I ended up on 5mm needles, and my swatch was perfect.
Then I started the sweater. Gauge? What gauge? It was wildly out. “Weird,” I thought. “I’ll go up a size.” Then another. Then another.
Yes, people, I ended up back on 6.5mm needles. I wish I was joking, but alas, I am not. Luckily, I decided to start on the sleeve, so at least I didn’t discover this on the actual body of the sweater. Unluckily, or rather unfortunately, I’m too bone idle to pull it back. So one of the sleeves is going to have a rather snug fit. Ah well, they say one arm is bigger than the other, don’t they. Or is that feet??