A Knitting Calamity--You Decide ~ Mountain Mama

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Knitting Calamity--You Decide

Now that I've messed around with color schemes (and avoided a trip to the fabric store for a zipper for the Vestes) I'm gauge swatching.

My pattern gauge is 31 stitches and 32 1/2 rows to 4 inches. They suggest a a size 2 needle. When I knit my yarn on that needle, I got a very dense fabric that is 32 stitches to the inch. I went up to a 2 1/2 and got 31 stitches, but 35 rows. So I bumped up to a size three (and here is where the little voice started mumbling because I could only find some size 3 double points) and hit gauge. Whereupon I decided to cast on.

Which meant I needed to locate my 32 inch size 3 needle.

Odd. I just sorted through and organized my needles. It's possible the 3 is hiding in some dark corner somewhere...but more likely it's in use.

So I shuffled through my pile of hibernating knitting projects.

It's a bigger pile than I thought.

Found it! Attached to this:

Oh yeah. I forgot about this.

What should I do?

  • Finish knitting the body of this sweater (there's about 6-ish inches left) so I can free the needle to start my colorwork.
  • Finish knitting this sweater, body, sleeves and all
  • Put this sweater on a stitch holder and start my colorwork
What's that? The baby sweater? Of course I'm still working on it. It's small, portable, and doesn't feel like a huge, hairy, dog is sitting on my lap.

Anyway, you guys get to choose my course of action. In the leftmost column you will see the poll, where you may vote anonymously. And, as always, your comments are appreciated.


  1. I think the weather calls for you to finish the sweater. AT this rate, you'll need to wear it by the time it's done. You've got too many hours in it to put it away again. Knitting karma--if you take it off the needles you'll never finish it.

  2. I haven't a clue; you're talking to a person who has a defect; craft gene missing from my DNA!

    just stopping by from SITS to say hi; hope you'll do the same.

  3. Although that's a very pretty sweater … tube … thing … sorry, not exactly sure what I'm looking at … I'd love to see that vestes finished. So I voted you go get the darned zipper.

    And I like the colors for your new project better than the blue here, so I'm selfish and want to see that one finished.

  4. I say finish it up! It's beautiful.

  5. I would give a suggestion but I have no idea how to do anything like that. So I'll leave it to you to decide.

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