Friday, August 24, 2007

World's Biggest Gauge Swatch

*and I'm right on target*

The Lion Brand Cashmere Blend is turning out to be a perfect sub for Tubey. I've been wanting to make this sweater for a while, bought the yarn 30% off at a going out of business sale early this year, and am finally casting on.
And I'm thanking the knitting gods once again for Ravelry.

The sizing for this pattern is weird. Had I not looked through all of the Raveler's Tubeys, I might not have thought too much about it (which is why nothing I make ever fits the first time). If I had gone solely based on my crossed back measurement, I would be knitting a size large, even though my bust size would put me at an XL (which, I assure you, I'm more like an extra negative in the bust area). The pattern does warn you that this is a very stretchy sweater, but all of the measurements seem kinda wonky.

So, I'm keeping the basic idea and look but knitting everything separately so I can try on as I go and hopefully not have to frog too much.

Ravelry, you may no make me a faster or more technically gifted knitter, but at least you're making me a little smarter.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Ok. Would you pronounce the title of this post as "skanky" or skeenkey"? This has been bothering me since I started talking about knitting with people other than my self and my disinterested family. I've been listening to knitting podcasts lately, and both Cast On and Socks in the City would dub this post skanky. is no help either. It lists both pronunciations, though "skeen" comes first.

I am in the "skeen" camp. There is nothing about the letters "ei" together that can possibly make my mouth say "a". Maybe it's because I'm Texan?

For this post, I'm giving myself a Cast On "Talking about Knitting" Badge. I'm also MacGuyver level 1. I really wish I had submitted and been rejected by a knitting magazine so I could have one of those too. Alas.

Anyway, how do you say "skein"?