Destination South Park Henley, Day 11

I’m almost finished. I have about 6 rows of yoke, neck ribbing, grafting and end weaving. I should finish on day 12 with no problem. Since we’ll be having our first really cold weather this week, it will be nice to have a warm alpaca/merino sweater to wear.

I would have finished but I worked on the cuff of  Through the Loops mystery sock KAL. I grafted a shoulder seam on Oregon Cardi. I’m posting a picture of this but won’t really track progress on this here because it’s a work in progress that’s been around a while. This is the fourth winter I’ve worked on it. Since it’s wool and fairly thick, it’s too hot to work during the summer. Also it’s knit from fingering weight in about 15 colors and stranded so that I have to follow the chart closely.  The chart has about 50 rows so memorizing is not possible. So I only work on it about an hour a day.

The other thing I worked on today was a swatch for Acer. A lot of knitters don’t like to swatch. We want to cast on and get going and swatching takes time that could be used for project knitting. I learned a valuable lesson in the last year. I knitted a garment and when I washed and blocked it, the fabric wasn’t what I expected or wanted.  So now not only do I swatch but, unless it’s a yarn with which I’m familiar, I wash as I would the garment and block the swatch. Swatching not only determines gauge but also allows the knitter to be sure the fabric will be what’s expected. In my early days I made some projects that were too small or too big because I didn’t check gauge.  This week at the shop a knitter came in with a project that didn’t look like the pattern picture and was smaller that desired.  The problem was the pattern gauge was for fewer stitches per inch that the knitter’s gauge. The knitter hadn’t swatched. The moral of my story here is take the time to swatch. Failure to do so may lead to a visit to the frog pond or a project that lives in a drawer and never gets worn.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just knits.

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