Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Yarn day

I got the house organized before Janet and I flew down to Alabama, so it was easier to become motivated to clean!

Today I tackled bathroom cabinets. How does everything get disorganized so quickly? I'm sure I just went through all this in the spring. It's nice to know the bathroom is now in good order, and I'm ready to move on to another room.


Today I focused on yarn. I signed up for Suzanne Bryan's knit-along, It Takes a Guild Cardigan. I've never been successful in trying to knit a sweater for myself, and I'm sure a big part of that is that I never knit a gauge swatch. This time I'm following the rules, and I've finished my gauge swatch! Now I need to get some help with my measurements. I'm hoping daughter Carol will be able to come over after school tomorrow and help me out. I'm eager to get started.


I'm still working on my granddaughter's afghan. It's coming along slowly. I'm enjoying the pattern and the yarn, so I don't mind that it's taking a while!

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  1. Can't wait to see your sweater! :)
    Love the afghan!!! So pretty!!! :)

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    1. If we start the actual knitting before Tollway Tatters, I'll bring it along!

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  2. I’m a believer in knitting gauge swatches, as you know. I hope your cardigan turns out perfectly! The afghan is looking good, it’s nice to work on a big project.

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    1. I guess I was never smart enough to buy extra yarn for a project so that I could gauge swatch! Luckily, I had plenty of the yarn I wanted to use on hand. Since we're taking this step-by-step, I have high hopes for success.

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  3. Love the colors in the Afghan. I am sure your cardigan is going tibfit oerfectly.

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    1. I hope so, Gracie! My mom doesn't knit much any more, but she used to knit beautiful sweaters for us, and I've always wanted to be just like Mom!

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  4. I almost thought the afghan was finished! I'm fascinated by the way that yarn changes colors!

    Sometimes I'm a bit of a maverick! After I discovered Continental knitting, which goes much faster for me than 'British/American', I stopped doing swatches. (Sshh, don't tell anyone!) Somehow even though my swatch was correct, when I put on the number of stitches required for the sweater, sometimes the gauge got out of whack after knitting a few inches. If so, I would just start the sweater over. I always used a sweater from my closet to get my measurements.

    I'm wondering how much shaping you'll have to do. These days sweater construction isn't as complicated as it used to be. I'll be interested in seeing your pattern! Pullovers are easier than cardigans!


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