Monday, April 16, 2007
Fit or Frog?
I've finally gotten to the point in the pattern that have instructions for separating the sleeves from the body of the sweater. Separating the sleeves was easy enough. I was more worried about trying it on since my gauge was tighter than the pattern stipulated. So once the sleeves were separated, I took the whole thing off the needles and onto scrap yarn to pull over my head and see were I stood.
Well it seems as though i got lucky this time. It seems like the sweater will actually fit well enough for a first time sweater. So no trip to the frog pond for me this time. That is pretty good since I didn't really knit a proper gauge swatch. This has me feeling a little lucky, but I'm just hoping that I don't get in the habit of skipping the step of checking my gauge. I do understand that it could have been a really time consuming decision.
I am pretty excited to be knitting something that I might actually wear. It's kind of like knitting socks for the first time. There is some personal satisfaction that comes with the idea of knitting a garment that fits.
What is worrying me about this sweater is the speed I'm going through the yarn. I'm knitting the largest size and that called for 1100 yards for a long sleeved version. (each skein is about 100 yards) The picture on top shows me starting my sixth ball of yarn for the project.
I did buy a couple extra skeins just in case I needed it. Now I am worried that I won't have enough to knit the long sleeved version. I do think that i have enough to finish at least a short sleeved version though. So I'll keep going and I'll see how far I get.
I'm glad the color swirling stopped at the collar. Now the color seems to be making more random color splotches. Although when I look at the top picture, it makes me kind of think of a crazy colored zebra. now I just have to get this sweater back on the needles to continue knitting.