It was obvious that I was going to finish Veste Evereste whilst away for Easter, so the night before I left became a proper swatchfest. That evening, I swatched for not one but THREE potential new projects, all of which I am itching to get underway.
First up, we have Serrano (not Cyrano, no). This has been a 'must knit' for me ever since that issue of Knitty came out – so that'll be two and a half years ago, then. It's slated for a fingering weight yarn, but I wanted to try a DK weight yarn – James C. Brett pure merino – that I bought a year ago at Easter time. Appropriate, non?
So I got gauge, but I really didn't like the fabric – cardboardy and stiff. I thought I might get away with the thicker yarn, because this is seriously soft stuff with not much 'body', but apart from the general feel of the fabric, the stockinette was rowing out something fierce. Can
you see the stripes caused by the difference between the knit and purl
But since denial is always a powerful motivator, I decided to swatch the lace pattern, too, just in case all those holes improved the feel of the thing:
Well, that lace swatch is curling massively, and the lace pattern is somewhat obscured. Maybe I'm not going to win on this one. OMG, I really, really need a new project for the double-long weekend…
So next, I swatched some handspun for Katarina. I love this design; just love it. The handspun in question is the twenty ounces of Lorna's Laces roving that I've spent months slowly chipping away at over the last year. Sadly, there's quite a difference between the colours in the two 10-oz bumps of roving, so this swatch is knit two rows from one lot, two from the other:
And it's gorgeous!! At least, I love the colours. But… I'm not 100% sure that this gauge isn't just a tad too loose for the yarn. Arrgh! The Goldilocks swatches! One too tight, the second too loose… OK, the pattern does call for knitting a commercial Dk-weight yarn at a much looser gauge than the ballband recommendatiaon, but… I like firm, crisp fabrics, and I'm just not sure that this is right for my precious handspun. What to do? What to do?? I still have no new project, and it's getting late!
In a total panic, I swatch my zealously hoarded Noro Blossom for the Eloise cardigan, from Noro Knits. By now, it's nearly time for bed, but that's OK because this is knit on biiiiig needles – 5mm, OMG!! Quick knitting!! This is another sweater I've wanted to do *forever*; so much so that I leapt on a bag of Blossom when I heard it was being discontinued, without too much regard for the colourway. This would not have been my first choice, but it is growing on me:
This one's working. But it's late, so I no photograph. But I got gauge! And I like the fabric!! Past bedtime now, so, obviously … I washed all my swatches, laid them out on the studio floor, and went to bed. They were still damp the next morning, so I took 'em with me to Middlesbrough and…
…what happened next? Tune in for the next installment at a random undisclosed time in the future!