last night, during a most excellent selection of political satire on tv (if theres one thing i do like about election time in australia its the merciless cynicism), i managed to cast off the body of the summer solstice cardigan:
the suggested measurement of the body length (from where you pick up under the yoke) was 33cm. great if youre a pygmy. im not, and i wanted it to sit a bit longer on me anyway, so i had decided to just keep going until the ball i was on ran out. which it did, one and a half rows through the reverse stocking stitch ‘hem’ (designed purely to stop the stocking stitch roll up). anyway, it ends up being 41cm and sitting on my hips, which i like. it fits really well so far and has a lovely flaired line in the back from the excellent shaping. i thought i might run out of yarn but i still have 3 whole skeins for the collar and two sleeves, so all good there. i think this one is going to be a winner.
i am still undecided on the bruegel v landon issue, but i am using the up coming liz gemmell workshop at guild to help me decide. hence, the swatching. we are instructed to bring swatches of the yarn we think we might like to make into something, and we have to wash and block them and then carry them around to see how they wear. my first swatch is on the suggested needle size for both bruegel and landon, 5mm needles, which is a bit bigger than i would like. it makes a nice soft drapey fabric:
and i get exact gauge for bruegel, 19 stitches and 25 rows. (landon is 18 and 24). my issue here is that i think the fabric might be too open. i am sick to death of things pilling and felting, and i know this yarn can do that (although the swatch is holding up well so far). but i am going to do another one today on 4.5mm needles just to check. i would rather have a fabric that i like and that i know will wear, because the whole point of the workshop is to work out the numbers yourself.
and ive never let a little thing like gauge stop me before, but i wonder what all you good knitters out there would do, gauge or fabric, gauge or fabric?!