Well, I couldn’t resist! I’ve been knitting, but it doesn’t feel like I have anything that is actually ‘mine’. Not sure that makes sense, but hey, it’s the way that I feel at the moment.
Anyway, one of the lovely ladies on the AY forum was selling some Kilcarra Donegal Tweed Aran and of course, the colour struck a cord with me and I had to have it:
Isn’t that beautiful? It’s even better in real life. Those little flecks of blue you see are actually a teal-y colour and are like little bits of jewels. Love it. It’s a bit scratchy, but when washed it softens up considerably. Enough, I think, to wear against my skin.
Can you tell from the above that I’ve already swatched. And yep, for those of you that are really observant, it’s for the Tangled Yoke from Interweave Fall 2007. 😀
The swatch I did on the recommended needles, came up too big, so I dropped .25 size down and that was still too big. Enough so that even knitting the smallest size would be slightly too big, especially after washing. I knit the swatch on 3mm needles and found that I was getting gauge, but when washed, it was fluffing up quite a bit. So I went back up to the 3.25mm needles and found that I’m getting 21 sts to 4″, which means that once washed, the small size, will actually be a 36″/37″ Which in actual fact is pretty much what I wanted. So I’m knitting the instructions for a 34″ cardi, but in actual fact will have a close-to 37″. Kai is very pleased. Very, very pleased!
I have just the ribbing, all 5 and a half inches of it (longer than stated, but once again, this is fine and I’d calculated this. It will give me a longer body, which is what I wanted.), and here are the piccies:
Beautiful, nah? 🙂