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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Just Checking...

I was knitting a little bit more on the back of Order and Chaos and I started worrying about the size. The Knit Picks Sierra is a very bouncy yarn, but being all natural fibers, should block easily. It was very easy to smooth the piece out to the correct size (21 inches), but when left to its own devices on the needles, it would suck back into a very scary 14 inches. This had me a little freaked out, so onto a lifeline (the red yarn at the top is holding the stitches safely for me), off the needles and onto the ironing board where I pinned it to the correct size and steamed it well. It seems to have worked out just fine. I've unpinned part of it, but not the whole thing yet - I'll do that later today. It doesn't seem to be bouncing back to 14 inches, so I think I'll be alright. I did do a gauge swatch, but I'm using a different yarn (the designer used one with acrylic in it - I'm allergic) and a different needle size. I got gauge, but sometimes knitting gets tricksy and the actual project may or may not have any relationship to the gauge swatch. Hopefully I'm OK with this project and I can keep going.


Blogger Molly Morrison said...

You're allergic to acrylic? Is it actually possible to be allergic to acrylic, or was that a way of saying that you refuse to wear it? (For which I could hardly blame you!) You've left me very curious.. and also, your knitting is gorgeous! I'm glad it blocked out well. :-)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Looking good ....I really like the pattern.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

What a gorgeous pattern. I envy your sweater making skills. :-)

3:52 PM  

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