Friday, September 21, 2007

I joined a KAL

I've never done this before! I joined the Tilted Duster KAL, thinking I could use all the help I could get on this one. I feel like I'm making my first grown-up sweater, which is odd considering how long I've been knitting.

I allowed myself to cast on last night because I'd finished almost all the projects I started last summer in my Fit of Startitis. Tempting is now completed except for threading the ribbon through! I'm not 100% happy with it and I've decided that I just don't have the finishing skills to deal with those underarm seams. But to a non-knitter, it probably looks fine, and I'll post a picture when my sister tries it on.

I also swatched for Anouk, and I can't quite get gauge without it looking too open and airy. I'm terrible at this gauge thing, but if I'm getting 5 stitches per inch instead of 4.5, would that really be so bad for a baby garment? It would just be slightly smaller than it's supposed to be, right? Or maybe I should just try again with bamboo needles instead of my Denises. I know I sound like a complete idiot, but since I stopped working at a LYS, all common sense I had about gauge seems to have left my brain. Sigh.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Did you wash your swatch? Sometimes you can make up for that difference when you block. Also depending on how wide the dress is would determine if that 1/2 stitch difference is significant. You have an extra stitch for every 2 inches of the project. So if the front is supposed to be 10 inches wide, you will have 5 extra stitches or an extra inch of width than you need. Then another extra inch on the back. So two extra inches of ease in the finished product. Does it matter? Don't ask me, I am clueless about this baby size thing still ;o)