Saturday, April 5, 2008

Tina Dina gets Swatched

You can't imagine how nice it felt to finally get some time to knit and take pictures. Please remember the part about me being a beginning knitter, and well, a not so talented photographer either. I am pretty good at drinking wine though. Although, I don't drink it on a Saturday morning very often. Swatching for a sweater caused this to happen.

Tina Dina has been swatched.

Four times.

Sizes 5, 4, 3 and 2.

Now, you know how it goes that the place you find a lost thing is always the last place you look?

Size 2. The book suggests size 5, and size 3 for the ribbing. This was caused, I think, by a slight difference in yarn size that the LYS told me would result in a more dense fabric. The guage required is 22 stitches per 4". The yarn says 5 sts/in. on size 6. Because of this, LYS said to make sure and swatch.

Yeah. I see why now.
In four inches:
Size 5 was 18 sts. 4 was 20 sts. 3 was 19.5 (Yeah, what the heck, right?) and 2 was 23. I'm somewhat smaller than the size I'm knitting, so I'm really hoping here.

Guess what though. I have two size 2 circs. So I can knit the front and the back at the same time, and every couple of inches, seam them and if it doesn't fit around, I can start again.

Sally Melville said to always wash my swatches. And I already told you about my rule following problem. So I did the first last night and patiently waited for it to dry overnight. Life is short, so my hairdryer and a glass of wine helped me throught the three swatches I did this morning.

That is Moto being neglected while eating his cheerios. He hates it when I knit.

The Moto-photo (ha!) has the truest color (on my monitor) of this fabulous purple cotton fleece. (Brown Sheep calls it "Berry" but it wouldn't be a very good tribute to my girlhood if I called it anything but Purple.) This is why I posted such a blurry photo, for the color of it. Because it would be too good a life to get good color and non-blurriness, or I guess, clarity would be a better word, in the same photograph.

And the winner! It is much smaller because, well, it is the freaking fourth swatch.

I liked this so I included it. Have a great weekend!


Kat said...

We are living on opposite ends of the pole. I had to call the post on my recent sweater "reckless" because I broke all the rules; however, swatching and washing will pay off in the end : )

Pretty color.


Hopelovepeace said...

I sure hope so. The wine tasted sweet, so that has redeemed the experience.

Sourire11 said...

Aaaah yes. Wine and knitting. Always a good combo.