You have seen me work periodically on my Lisa Lloyd vest. You heard me voice my concerns about my gauge when I finished the first side. Had I swatched? Nope....
Should I have swatched.....yep....and the real question is.....Have I learned my lesson about swatching?
I surely hope so!
I am sure that I will be able to pull this apart and make it work, but right now having it be too snug where it should not be and too big in other spots is just too much for me to deal with out wanting to cry, so this little vest has been packed away for now. I think I will wait until mid summer to tackle it again. Maybe I will be a bit smaller and hopefully over the agony of defeat. One thing for sure, I am going to order one of these~
Now on to happier things......
I am trying out a few new sock yarns that I am hoping will be a nice addition. I thought that I would try to knit up some samples so that I know exactly what the strong points of the yarn are and maybe what some of the flaws are too.
This is a blend of merino and bamboo and so far I am really loving it. The pattern that I am using is one of Marguerites
A few years ago, I made her old shale socks and to this date they are my all time favorites. I love the ribbing pattern that she makes for the foot portion of the pattern. It's comfy on your feet :-). I started out using a size 1 2.5 needle but quickly realized that I needed to go down to a 2.25. Yes, THIS time I listened to that inner voice. So far....so good!
I have also been playing with the carder and the dyepots. This weekend, I took some Polwarth fleece that I purchased a few years ago and blended it with some pink silk/merino top. For some reason, the combination of pink and gray has really jumped out at me this season. They are not really my colors, although with my graying hair they could quickly become my colors....but anyhoo, I am really loving the combination.
This past week I found some great links on Cindy's page for spinning your own sock yarn. This is something that I have never attempted, so I am going to snag a few ounces of this roving for myself and give it a try. The polwarth is similar in itchibility factor to merino, but a little stronger and of course silk always adds strength, so we will see. After the vest fiasco, I think I am going to stick to smaller projects until my wounded ego feels a bit better...LOL.