I'm a sock knitting machine! (Thanks, Dr K)
Second pair of socks for January!
A Twist of Citrus (with mods) - free pattern on Ravelry, and part of the Thrifty Knitter Sock Club
2.5mm bamboo needles
Pretty pleased with these socks, mainly because I got them knitted up so quickly, but also I think I quite like the yarn/pattern combo? The Poem has a bit of a fuzz to it, as you can see on the toe in the photo above, and the gradient colour is tonal enough as to not distract from the lace.
I modified the pattern to work it top down, because it's my preference, and I omitted the cable twist in-between lace because quite frankly, I wasn't in the mood to fuss around with cable needles! I did try to do it sans needle, but quickly decided it wasn't worth the effort.
I'm a bit disappointed the gradients don't match better, as I tried to start at the same point in the repeat as the first sock, but this yarn is unpredictable in it's repeats. I think where I finished the second sock is actually where I started the first one?
Of course, once these were off the needles (in a mere seven days, ta-da) I went in search of something new to cast on.
I have rearranged my stash on Ravelry to chronological order, and found some Jo Sharp 8ply merino that is officially my "oldest" stash - circa 2007.
I can't guarantee there isn't older yarn in the stash, because I have a feeling some pre-Ravelry yarn was never documented, but this would seem about right. I bought a garment's worth on eBay super cheap, and haven't been able to find the right pattern for it...until it dawned on me!
Seberg Sweater by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. Published in Knitscene Spring 2012.
I'm pairing the dark chocolate brown with some Rustic from Bendigo Woollen Mills, in a warm sandstone colour and so far, I'm LOVING it!
I'm having some dilemmas though...
Size 38 & 3/4" is exactly my measurements - bust, waist and hip. I mean, exactly.
Gauge is 20st/29rows, on 4mm.
I swatched on 4mm, in the round. got 22sts/28rows per 4 inches which would mean (by the logic of math), I would need to knit the next size up, or reswatch on bigger needles and have looser fabric.
4.5mm needles gave me 20sts/26rows, and most of the directions are in length not rows, so that's easily modified, but the fabric is fairly loose and I'm concerned about stretching?
A quick search on Ravelry has shown a lot of people have trouble with the neck being far too big/wide and it really spoils the look of the jumper.
so, my dilemma:
DO I TRUST THE SWATCH??!!!!