But as you know, that sweater was finished, another was actually started and successfully completed (I still find that hard to believe!), and this year I decided somewhat informally that my knitting goals were going to include learning some new things. (I say informally because for the first couple of months of the year, my knitting goals changed several times a day.) So a few weeks ago I bit the bullet and purchased the pattern and some Quince & Co. Sparrow yarn in the colorway Port. My "learning" for this was going to be knitting with linen yarn. I know it's supposed to be tricky, and that it also softens and becomes much more lovely once it has been washed.
Starting off, there are already two things here that are So Not Me: 1) I actually purchased a pattern. I am such a cheapskate when it comes to patterns, and I think it's because I feel like "little" purchases add up so fast I'm always surprised. If I spend $$ on yarn, I'm spending all of it at one time, right in front of me. But if I buy three patterns over the course of say, a month, and each one is $6.00-$10.00, all of sudden I'm surprised at how much I've spent; 2) I am trying a type of yarn that even a lot of really experienced knitters I know just won't even try, as they think linen is AWFUL for knitting.
I can tell you right now, that it's not really wind-able into a center pull skein - ask me how I found out. ;-) But that aside, I got two skeins ready and knitted a swatch. Obviously, it's different than using wool - I mean, it's got NO give or springiness at all (kinda like me on my best days). But I didn't find it particularly frustrating, and I dutifully knitted my swatch, gave it a soak, and a bit of blocking.
Proof (and yes, it's a bit wonky. Work with me here).
The pattern calls for 5.5 stitches to the inch. I'm usually pretty spot on getting gauge, which is lucky because I'm not someone who can easily figure out the math/measurements/whatever involved to adjust things. I measured in four different areas, and each time got 6 stitches to the inch. GAH! I asked God WHY SUCH TERRIBLE THINGS MUST BEFALL ME???? (Oddly, he seems otherwise occupied and not completely focused on my knitting. Thanks, Obama.)
Sigh. I don't want to go up a needle size, because I like the fabric I have with this swatch, and think going up would make it too sheer for my tastes. The pattern says that the resulting top has approximately 2 inches of positive ease. So it seems that my choices are to go ahead with this, but then possibly end up with a top much bigger than I would like, or actually go down a size, and then worry that it will be too form-fitting for my taste (and my form).
It's true. These are the times that try men's [women's] souls. WHY MUST MY SWATCH LIE TO ME????
I shall have to make a decision and go forth. And I will, and hopefully it will all work out in the end. But I didn't choose the color "Port" so I couldn't w[h]ine. (I'll be here all week, folks!)
Anyway, if you have any words of wisdom, feel free to share. If not, fall onto your knees and thank whatever deity you believe in that such tragedy has not entered your life (and you can also thank them for not making you Overly Dramatic while you're at it).
In other news, yesterday was of course the royal wedding, and the excitement level at our house was insane. This photo pretty much sums it up.
I will say that I thought her dress was lovely, and I hope they will have a happy life. I shall leave it there, since I have *many* thoughts about the entire topic, but let's just stick with the kind ones, shall we?
And, finally (yes!), I will just share with you that 40 years ago today, The Tim and I graduated from college. I was first in the class!**
Have a nice Sunday. I just saw the sun come out here, so I'm gonna get dressed and take a walk.
**we graduated in alphabetical order