yesterday i started my second project for 2011, the leaving cardigan from twist collective by anne hanson.
i had swatched for it earlier, and i did all the right things like we learnt at guild with liz gemmel that day, washing and blocking it, and measuring it before and after blocking, and measuring in different places to see how the gauge changed.
after blocking my average gauge was 23 stitches to 10cm (i dont tend to worry about rows too much), and the recommended gauge was 21 stitches. that’s on 3.5mm needles and i liked the look of the fabric it produced and had no intention of going up a needle size. so i had to work out what might happen if i stayed at 23 stitches per 10cm. i asked some twitter peeps and trent helped me as well, he had some super duper formula that i thought i understood at the time but no longer do. it turned out anyway that to get correct sizing with my gauge i would need to cast on the exact amount of stitches required for one size up, so ive done that. i have taken all my measurements and written them into the detailed schematics (thank you anne for such a wonderfully written pattern), and i am just going to measure as i go.
so far its a lovely pattern, it was the only thing i worked on yesterday and i only managed to get this far!
this is 4 rows of stocking stitch for a loose rolled hem followed by a very clever inch and a half of very twisted rib (purls knit through the back too. aaagh), which stop it from rolling all the way up.
then its straight into the chart for the leaf pattern on the back, which requires concentration, so i didnt do any today. this yarn, madeline tosh pashmina, is just amazing. its the perfect fit for this pattern, smooth with a tight twist, and a lovely soft bounce to it that makes it a perfect weight cardigan for our milder winters.
no excess bulk needed thanks. so i have just the three things on the needles at the moment and am going to alternate them for a while before i add anything else.
i am a bit anxious today, trying not to worry too much about going back to work tomorrow. ive been reading my work emails and some things have happened that mean my plans for a soft landing have been thrown a bit, and im going to have to really nail my boss down for our plans for this year to get the most out of the last year of my contract. im a bit torn between being all career minded and ambitious, and just letting things slide so i have more knitting time. but i know ill hate myself eventually if i dont at least try this year, which means its not going to be an easy one.
going back to work makes me anxious because it means people as well. since i have come home from the US, i have managed to not see anyone very much. i had one most excellent knitting lunch date that made me wish my whole life could consist of knitting lunches in newtown pubs, and apart from christmas day its just been me at home with trent and the dogs. on our last day in new york i contracted the really evil chest infection that my sister got earlier in the trip, and i managed to pass that on to trent as well. it laid me out for at least 10 days, and im still coughing a bit. the self imposed quarantine has meant i am currently used to not talking to people very much. it scares me sometimes how easily i could get in that habit, of not talking to people. well, most people. it makes me realise what an effort it is to get out the door some days. i know once im in the swing of it again it will be ok, but taking that first step is the hardest. tomorrow is going to be awful.
why hasnt someone invented a time machine yet? or just a pause button at least. i only need another week. or two…..