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March 11, 2005

Having to do as I say

Danny's Headhugger Hat is now off the needles. I'll do the darning and finishing at an opportune moment, probably as a demonstration for my knitting classes.

The next portable project is also for knitting class. I've not taught my "Second Steps" class before so I am developing the projects for the class, a baby sweater and mittens. Because it's for a class and I really want to teach them good habits (instead of mine!) I am trying to operate by the book. This means. . .you guessed it.

I'm swatching.

I'm not the world's worst swatcher. As a designer I've learned that a swatch tells you more about the project than merely the gauge. It gives you an idea of drape, the stitch definition, much of everything about how the yarn and needles interact to determine if both are appropriate for the project at hand.

That said, if I am only swatching for gauge I usually throw in the towel after two inches rather than the full four recommended, feeling that it's enough (and on occasion it is, honest.)

But I need to set an example so I am doing a full, neat swatch.

In Red Heart Yarn Fiesta Jewel.

Oh Joy.

You may now laugh at me derisively.

Posted by Leigh Witchel at March 11, 2005 1:56 PM

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Hahahaha! Oh... wait... I have absolutely no idea what I am laughing about here... maybe you should laugh at me?!

Posted by: Steve at March 11, 2005 8:07 PM

I never laugh derisively. I *mock* derisively, and will do so now.

Posted by: stephanie at March 12, 2005 12:20 AM

Stephanie, I am sending you a case of 144 supersaver skeins of the stuff in Tropical Sunset. I think the only appropriate use is to knit yourself a nuclear fallout shelter out of it.

Duck and cover!

Posted by: Leigh Witchel at March 13, 2005 1:58 AM

Laugh? Mock? Not likely... only a fool would use high priced, high maintenance yarn on baby stuff!
Fiber snobs may not appreciate it, but the baby's laundress will. ;-)

Posted by: robin at April 6, 2005 6:06 PM

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