Yes, I know...lame blog title. But I'm competing for Dorkiest Knitting Blog this year and I wanted to start strong.
But seriously, check this out:
Two blog posts in two days, now featuring two swatches! I know. I'm stunned myself. And these ones were actually bound off, soaked, and laid out for the night to dry.
I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's a huge step forward for me. I haven't measured them yet so I have no idea if I got gauge or not. I guess I could have done that before my post, but then...um...then you wouldn't have the suspense of waiting for my next post to find out! I like to keep my readers coming back. ;-)
The yarn on the left is RYC Soft Lux in Amethyst. I picked this up from WEBS big clearance sale. It is amazingly soft! I can't wait to wear it. I plan on using it for Kate Gilbert's Keyhole Top from Interweave, Spring 2007. I think I'm going to make a closed back though. I didn't decide this until after I ordered the yarn so I hope I have enough. Oooh...see what I did there? I created more suspense! Those striking WGA writers ain't got nuthin' on me!
The yarn on the right is good ol' Cascade 220 in some kind of garnet/cranberry color. I like it a lot. This will be used for Jenna Adorno's Tempting II from Knitty, Winter 2005. This will make a nice, casual top. (Fingers crossed that it doesn't do what my last ribbed sweater did and serve as a sausage casing.)
A final note on my Dollar 1/2 Cardi: Andrea left a brilliant suggestion in the comments of my last post about taking out the side seams, picking up those stitches, and adding some width to the sweater that way. Now why didn't I think of that? Most likely because I have been knitting sweaters for less than a year and I'm not quite qualified to be thinking like a pro yet. Thanks for the suggestion, Andrea! I'll tackle that problem after I work on some other things first. An operation like that takes more mojo than I have right now.
Stay tuned next time for the results of my swatching experiment, some new book acquisitions, and more knitty goodness than you can shake a stick at! (Or, you know, maybe just the right amount of knitty goodness. Why are you shaking that stick, anyway?)