February 15, 2007

Maybe I should have swatched

This is not a good morning. D woke up at around 5am and threw up. And again at 6:30am. He's laying down and watching tv. In the past, I know that his stomach seems sensitive when it's sick. We tried liquids already and his stomach doesn't want anything. It's going to be a long day.

21507aMy knitting news isn't very positive either. I started the Alpine Knit scarf from Victorian Lace Today last night. I'm using that unknown red lace yarn from China. By my guesses, I think that it's very similar to Jade Sapphire's Lacey Lamb yarn. That yarn is 60 gms and 825 yds. My yarn is 62.5 gms. That makes this a really fine laceweight or almost cobweb yarn. I tried using my Knitpicks size 3 needles (3.25mm). Those yarnovers that are spread out were nearly an inch long! I frogged that and started again with a size 2 needle(3mm). That's what is in the picture and I still think it's too open. I must confess that I didn't really swatch. I usually never swatch for a shawl or scarf project. If I continued, this shawl would be around 24" wide. The pattern states that it should block to around 18". Argh! It's frogging time again. I'm not sure if I want to do this pattern after all.

So, what do I do? I really want to use this yarn. I love this deep red color. The yarn is very smooth and springy for a lace yarn. I want something geometric versus something leafy. My sampler shawl had plenty of leaves in it and it's time for something different.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Before you frog, swatch on size one to make sure it makes a difference.

Personally I think the openwork looks well balanced with the more solid parts. I don't know what shawl you are knitting but if this sampled part is more open than the rest of the shawl then you may have a skewed view of what it will look like when it is completed.

Brenda said...

I agree with anonymous on all counts. It is a beautiful red. The book by Knitters magazine The Best of Knitters: Scarves and Shawls has several geometric lace patterns.

Good luck! I hope D improves rapidly!

Rebekah said...

I really like it! But if it's for warmth, with the big holes it probably won't be. But if it's for looks, I think it looks splendid.

I hope D's feeling better.