As much as I’d like to wear Elfin already, I just can’t get myself to work on these ruffles. I’m dreading – DREADING – the 600+ stitches on two of them. So, to procrastinate as much as possible (and not finishing any other works in progress I’d told myself I’d finish) – I have cast on for something new.
Last week I received a set of the Knitpicks option needles. As much as I love my Addi’s, and I do, I was tired of not having the exact length or size I needed at any time. Well, these are great! I wish they also had shorter cables and smaller needle sizes, but I’m very happy with the feel of these. Anyway, since I had to test them out immediately, and I had all this chocolate merino sitting around, I needed to start something new, right?
My original plan was to make Kim Hargreaves’ Raw from Rowan 32. A nice lightwight sweater (my merino is DK weight). So I cast on for that, and maybe it was just a bad day (because I am pretty good at chart reading) but that chart just made my head hurt. I know if I stuck to it I would have got the hang of it after the first repeat but I didn’t even feel like looking at the chart for the first few rows. I got lazy. I wanted something much more intuitive.
I then I found this.
And that seemed perfect to me. So I cast on. And knit away. (Disclaimer: I am a bad swatcher. I never swatch. I guess on sizing. I am really the worst at planning projects.) So I knit for awhile and this yarn has a lot of thicks and thins and the thins are REALLY thin. And the work looked too open for me. So I ripped. And cast on again with one needle size smaller. It’s still a size larger than recommended for this yarn, but it’s better. And I’m knitting the same size I started before, so now I just hope that after washed and blocked, it will be sized just right for me. I know, I know, I can measure now. but what fun is that?
So here’s a bad cell phone photo of my progress. I am pretty happy with it – just hoping the yarn has nice bloom to fill out the thin spots. And be softer than it is now – although it feels squooshy in the skein, it’s kind of cottony feeling to work with. I’m sure washing will make it delicious.