I don’t know whether I am a loose or tight knitter.  That’s another plus for top-down sweaters; gauge is less of an issue when you just knit until something is long/wide enough.  I’ve tried swatching, and it works okay I guess, but I don’t know whether to envy those of you who say you’re a tight knitter or you always go down two needle sizes to get gauge, or to call you delusional liars.

Maybe I’m just not good enough to be consistently one way or the other.  Maybe it’s because knitting is my therapy that sometimes I’m so loose the stitches run off the needles when I put my hands down, and others, I have to fight to get that tip in there for the P2tog. 

I know I’m not alone.

I also know that I’m not alone in think acrylic has its place.  I’m quite happy with this Bernat Softee Chunky for my little hat for Knitters Day Out.  No, it’s not a sock; I just have the stitches all bunched together, because I’m magic looping.  Well, that and the pattern calls for #10s with a bulky yarn, but because this is supposed to be for a child, I’m using #8s, and I think it will look just fine when I’m done.  It’s a happy colorway, and I would think either a boy or a girl would be happy with these colors.  The colorway is called circus, which makes me inexplicably happy.  The easy-care softness of this hat makes it ideal for an unknown child, to my way of thinking. 

I also wanted to show you my progress on my sweater, but Sissy had a camera-hogging impulse I couldn’t control. 

Seriously, that’s the best I could do with Sissy’s help.  I suppose I could have put her outside, but I didn’t bother.  Y’all think she’s cute too, right?  (We’ll see how cute Anita still thinks Sissy is after this weekend.)  I’ve just started into the bust area, if you can see the bottom left portion of the photo, so there’s basically no way I’ll have it to wear on Saturday.  I still have three swatches to do as homework, along with finding 150 grams of a DK weight yarn for a scarf.  I’m betting I have something in my stash that will work, but it’s a matter of finding it.

And who knew my lumbar pillow would be such a nice sweater in progress holder? 

Sorry.  Gotta go.  It’s the House season premiere!

13 comments on “Confessions

  1. Anita says:

    The sweater is looking great!! 🙂 I have my shrug done! Those 2 inches I had to cut cause I was gonna run short on yarn would have made it a perfect fit, oh well. I can still stretch the ribbing enough to get it on so It’ll do. Love the purple!! LOL It’s taking a bath right now….

    And I have yarn & I’m getting ready to cast on for my hat homework. Tomorrow is laundry/packing night! Woohoo!!

    Not to worry, Sissy & I are gonna create all kinds of havoc up there while I’m staying with you! SNOL
    You’ll be like “Go home! You’re a bad infulence on my dog!” he he

  2. Robin says:

    OH NO! I just got home and I’ve missed half of HOUSE!

  3. KM says:

    The sweater is looking great! You’re going to have a fantastic weekend!

    I agree with you…acrylic has it’s place. It’s wrong to ban something entirely.

  4. Miss Me says:

    delusional? me??? actually, my gauge varies depending on both needles and yarn, which can make “getting gauge” quite the art. and much as i dislike ackrylic, it does have its uses and it isn’t the same fibre that it once was…
    can’t wait to see your gorgey blue sweater on you. i’ve never knit an adult top down sweater but have recently purchased some patterns. just need to screw up my courage now!

  5. Bubblesknits says:

    I missed the House premiere???? Double %^$#@. I’ve really been getting into the reruns. Gah.

  6. gaylen says:

    I’m watching House right now. Thank goodness for DVR – because I was busy with the trainer when it was really one.

    the hat is adorable and any child would be happy with it. Your Blue Heaven will be lovely. Wear it in good health. g

  7. Alison says:

    I never do a gauge swatch. I just can’t be bothered. Sometimes it’s let me down and I’ve spent long lonely hours frogging. Mostly it’s ok and sometimes it’s spot on. I think if we’re upset or stressed it can affect the tension.

  8. Sweater looks good with pillow and dog, so it should look great on you! I was out at Knit Night, so House is on video tape for future viewing. Sigh, I’ll not find time before the second episode airs to see the first one. 5 days and counting!

  9. MrPuffy says:

    The hat is super cute and you are right will be loved by either a boy or girl!

    Your sweater is coming along so nicely – and yes, we think Sissy is mighty cute too 🙂

  10. StarSpry says:

    I agree, I think any child will be happy receiving that hat 🙂

    Your sweater is looking great! The cats always have to help me with photos, too. Yes, I think Sissy is very cute 😀

  11. Kathy says:

    The hat will be perfect. The sweater is looking great! And just why shouldn’t Sissy be in the picture? After all, she is very photogenic:)
    maybe Anita is bringing the cat to entertain Sissy…….hee-hee

  12. nichole says:

    Doggy helpers are the best with wip and fo pics!

  13. KSee says:

    I recorded House so I will watch tonight. I watched Prison Break & Fringe last night

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