Monday, September 04, 2006

My First Swatch

Despite all the good warnings around swatching, I'm always just too lazy or too excited to jump into the new project to bother. I'll knit for a bit of the project, then measure to see if I'm on track and have been pretty lucky so far. For Bobble Blue, I knitted a sleeve for a swatch. That might sort of count. After hearing all the complaints around blogland about Hourglass Sweaters made with Cash Iroha stretching and stretching and stretching after washing, wearing, etc., I thought I should finally heed the ubiquitous warnings. Hence, my first swatch! I even washed and blocked it. I'm so proud of myself. I did knit two rows less than directed, but we won't discuss that. And now I'm swatching for Cherry without even casting on for Hourglass. I guess I can change, huh?

Notice any changes around my blog? I'm trying to neaten things up a bit, more complex when you don't know anything about html. I'm learning, though. But, that's why I'm taking baby steps with some changes, not a complete blog overhaul. Still having some issues, but it's been fun learning how all this stuff works. good times.


Veronique said...

Lovely banner! And congrats on your first swatch. It's not all it's cracked up to be, huh?

vera said...

i always hate to do a test swatch, i am usually too excited to just start the new project. good job!
your sites looking good. how did you put in such a lovely banner???

lobstah said...

I admit I used not really do gauge swatches but after one or two disasters I changed my ways! I've found it's also good for determining what kind of cast-on, selvedges, etc. are best.
I did notice you changed your blog layout--look great!
P.S. Greg and I have the last 100 miles left to finish the AT, which we are trying to do this that was my 1st time on Katahdin!

may said...

So I always make a swatch, but I've never followed through with a wash/ block/ dry! I guess I've been lucky!

Stacey said...

The banner looks great!

I'm a swatch hater too - but, sometimes you just have to do it! :)

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