Friday, October 7, 2011
The Newbie & The Knitter Update
How is everyone getting along with their Cadence sweaters? I have, to be honest, been struggling with mine. I have started and ripped it out about eight times, but I've got it almost sorted out now. I do love the challenge of this garment and like how it's pushing me out of my comfort zone. Being one half of this knit-a-long also makes me accountable; throwing it away and giving up is not an option.
The first challenge was using my raspberry bamboo yarn. Soft and lovely, but a bit too stretchy for a new knitter like myself. It was more of a wrestling match than an enjoyable experience using that yarn. It behaves more like a DK and I get better results on smaller needles, so I have put it aside for another project.
Raiding my yarn stash, I found this delicious aqua cotton yarn that knits up a treat. I was able to get gauge on the first go! Woo hoo! The yarn feels thicker and less stretchy than its predecessor, which makes it a pleasure to work with.
I am getting a bit turned around on the lace chart and Kristen and I have plans to Skype this weekend to sort it all out. I'll be sure to post my findings here. I just love this sweater and I am really excited to finally get it started. If you have questions, please leave either Kristen or me a comment and we'll post our answers ASAP! You can also post them in the KAL Flickr group; we check it daily.
In other knitting news, I have cast on the 3-Hour Sweater and it's going swimmingly! It is essentially knit and purl stitches, so it's good practice. I am using a lovely butter yellow cotton yarn that's soft and snuggly. I am working on this sweater in tandem with Cadence as I wanted to feel successful with a simple project (great for keeping my confidence up), and to try making something that's worked flat.