Unlike some people, I believe in the sanctity of a Knitalong Start Day.
I don’t judge the early starters, the swatchers, the pre-winders. I get it—I’m an early voter; I’m Group A on Southwest. But for a knitalong, I want to be in the mix. I like the festival atmosphere and the rope-drop feel of Knitalong Start Day.
And maybe I had some serious procrastinating to do yesterday. This knitalong is pretty much the perfect way to fuel procrastination. Foot-draggers of the world, unite!
I waited to wind yarn for my Bang Out a Hadley until the morning of February 1, and I performed the ritual dig-through-my-knitting-bags-looking-for-size-8s after reheating my coffee. (Why is the right size never in the tangle of needles hanging on my wall? And seriously, how do I own a size 3 needle, four feet long?)
I spent a while admiring the random flurf contained in a ball of Shelter. There’s all kinds of stuff in there: vegetable matter, blurps of totally random colors, fleckly bits. All good. Love it.
I spent another decent chunk of time cooking up a swatch. It was a halfhearted attempt—I’d dug up a size 8 needle and felt pretty proud about it. Whatever gauge this needle gave me was going to be great.
Even I couldn’t live with a gauge of 16 sts/4″ when the pattern calls for 19. That’s just terrible. So I went down to a size 7, after another loathsome dig through the needles, and I kept knitting on the same swatch I’d used with the size 8—violating all rules of swatch hygiene and orderly swatch-making. If this thing fits, it will be because the randomness of the universe was at work in my favor.
Size 7 it was, and off I went, k2 p2 on the ribbing.
For once in my life, I’m getting stuff DONE.
A Quick Survey
In a recent conversation with another member of the knitting ecommerce world, we landed on the eternal subject of “What Kind of Things Do People Like to Knit?”
We got down to many possible divides:
Sweater Knitters vs. #neversweater.
Shawl Addicts vs. A Crescent Is Not a Shawl; It’s A Dinner Roll.
Speckledy Yarn Folk vs. Oatmeal Yarn Nation.
We concluded absolutely nothing, except that we have really specific ideas about the things we personally like to knit. And we’re pretty sure that most knitters have particular likes and dislikes. What do you think? For example, are you Sweater Knitter or #neversweater?
PS Our giveaway continues: go here and scroll down for all the details. It is so fantastic to meet so many attractive, well-put-together knitters over in The Lounge! Welcome! Keep talking!