About twenty-five rows into a little baby-girl dress, i realized today that my pattern had gone wonky and i needed to frog about 10 rows, but once i did that i couldn't figure out which row of the pattern i was on, so i frogged the whole doggon thing and decided not to restart it until after the Olympics are over.
Not wanting to start anything new today, knowing that i would be casting on my new project for my Knitting Olympics challenge at 2pm on Friday, i decided to actually do some swatching, errrr i mean training.
Why did i decide to finally swatch for a project?? Well, because the baby sweater and hat are too large due to non-swatching, that's why!! I was supposed to use size 4 needles on them but used size 7 instead because that's what the yarn said to use on it, sigh! See, that's where you can tell i've not yet been knitting a whole year...i get confused by stuff like that. UGH!
So, i swatched for "Branching Out". The pattern lists two different yarn types and says that gauge is not important, but i did it anyway. I got out my size 8's like the pattern said to use and cast on 16 stitches and went about doing 26 rows...it did not come out to 4 inches, and i was glad...giddy, even!
Because i finally broke down and bought the glittery knitting needle set that i had been oooh-ing over since about a month before Xmas and no one had gotten the hint that they should go and get those for me for $10 at Joann's...nor did they go when they were on sale for $5!!! So i finally just bought them for myself at their regular price. It was worth the price. There are six pair of needles in the container and some of the sizes i didn't have among all of my straight aluminum needles or one pair of bamboo's...but i digress...
....i swatched with the smallest size of sparkly needles and the swatch was still too small so i'm opting for a size 10 1/2 blue-sparkly set of needles to knit with since the size 10's didn't quite cut it.
In the morning i will post swatch and needle pics, it's too late in the night to do it now, i need to get my rest so that i can do all sorts of athletic knitting tomorrow!!
Go Team Lace!! Go Team USA!!!