I’m not sure whether I’ve dithered over the commencement of a project as much as I have over Bedford.
The final thing I did this week before I actually cast was to calculate the number of cast on stitches against my gauge to work out the measurements of the finished garment. I suspect it’s just me, but I often get confused looking at the sizing stats on patterns, and have to make the calculation so that I’m sure about what finished size measurement I’m going to get.
It so happened that I quickly worked out from this exercise that the gauge that mattered was not the stocking stitch gauge, but the stitch pattern! And guess who didn’t make her swatch big enough… One more swatch later, I was glad I had done it, as my gauge was smaller in the stitch pattern, which meant I needed to go up a pattern size to get the finished measurement I wanted.
At this point, Evelyn wrote to me about the faux seam but I have to say I didn’t have anything to add – I guess it’s just the design. One could remove a purl stitch from the beginning of the round, which would even up the number of purl stitches in the seam I guess. However, as she pointed out, it doesn’t really matter. Have a look at her post to see what we were talking about.
I am enjoying knitting this gorgeous Corriedale yarn from Anna Gratton. The stitch pattern is lovely, and the size is coming out exactly how I want it (oversize).
I’m also quite pleased that I have some beautiful New Zealand wool on my needles for the commencement of Wool Week.
Here it is, enjoying the last rays of this evening’s sunset.
The sun was a very welcome thing today. We had a storm pass over New Zealand this weekend: rain, wind (lots of wind), rain, more wind. It must have snowed in the South Island (did it?), because today’s southerly wind was very chilly indeed!! I was very glad of my nice warm alpaca hoodie and possum cowl this morning at the market! Too bad Bedford wasn’t finished in time for me to wear it.
Hope you’re having a good weekend. 🙂