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.


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.