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.

8 comments:

Becky said...

While we're doing the honesty thing, I haven't touched mine since Kristin's last post, lol. I have the neckline done, but I haven't started on the lace chart yet. (Was I supposed to?)

Kestrel said...

Well done on your persistence with Cadence, am sure it will all be worthwhile. As you say, good to challenge yourself. Sadly I don't think ripping out gets less frequent with experience as I've had to rip out my current sweater 3 times already!

Stephanie Lynn said...

I've gotten the ribbing done! woot! I've never done a chart before so I'm hoping Kristen or you will do a post on it so I can get it figured out.

Lindsey H said...

It's too bad your bamboo yarn didn't work out, but the color of the new yarn is lovely! I like working with cotton, it's easy to knit and is so soft. :)

SuzyQ01 said...

Well, at least you have yours started...I have yet to cast on for Cadence. I got sidetracked with some test pattern knitting of some beautiful toe-up socks for a designer o Ravelry.

I love the new color! I hope this new yarn works out better for you than the bamboo.

Debi said...

I'm so behind! I haven't done anything yet. I'm hoping to pick this up this next week though!!!

Kristin said...

Well, I'm sure it's obvious considering my "help" posts scattered everywhere online, from here to the Flickr group to Kristen's blog, that I was struggling with the lace swatch. :) But Kristen answered my questions and, for now, it makes sense to me. So I'm hoping to catch up this weekend!

~Kristin

kristenmakes said...

Kestrel is absolutely right. I am ALWAYS ripping out things. That is the beauty if knitting, that you can restart and no one can tell! I am looking forward to our Skype session! xx

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