Monday, April 26, 2010

According to plan.

On Friday night, we had a house guest. A friend of ours from my Tulane days was driving from Wyoming and Michigan and spent the night en route. Because my housekeeping skills leave much to be desired, I spent last week getting my house in order and doing some general spring cleaning. Usually on Saturdays I make a list of all of the household chores that I need to get done. I then feel generally paralyzed about where I should start, and then feel guilty about not doing anything on the list. In short, my weekends at home are generally completely unproductive. This weekend, however, I had only yardwork on my list. And luckily for me, it rained, so I didn't have to feel guilty about not doing it. With this new-found, guilt-free weekend in front of me I took a look at my knitting projects in progress: a couple of baby hats, a very heavy wool sweater for myself, and a bit of finishing on various projects. I felt utterly uninspired by all of it. So with an idea in my head, I did what any reasonable person would do, I went shopping.

I went to all 3 of our local yarn stores. But I had something very specific in mind, and didn't settle at the first two. By the time I hit the last store, Home Ec Workshop, I found EXACTLY what I was looking for. That never happens to me. And it also indicates that I should have listened to my initial instincts and started at Home Ec.

I came home with my loot, and got everything in order.

Cupcake Sweater Supplies
I bought 4 skeins of Spud & Chloe Fine in two shades of pink, a green, and a brown. The light pink is, indeed, also the Spud & Chloe, but I waged war with my swift and ball winder, and after battling tangles and knots lost the war and rolled it into a ball. (As an aside, I am confident that the tangles and knots were 100% caused by operator error, and had nothing to do with the yarn itself.) The red is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, because they didn't have a red in the Spud & Chloe.

I've had this baby (and beyond?) sweater in my head for a year or so, and finally decided to tackle it. But first things first, I made a swatch like the responsible, grown-up knitter than I am. Of course, I raced through it and it's a bit sloppy.

Cupcake Swatch

I give myself bonus points, because I actually washed it and measured the gauge before I started the sweater. I was on a roll.

So yesterday afternoon, I cast on for the sweater using the ridiculously clever tubular cast on (my first). I'm loving the yarn, and despite the fact that I'm working at a much smaller gauge than I am accustomed to, it's going well. More to come...

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