As I mentioned the other day, I decided the heat of summer was a great time to start a new wool/alpaca sweater. I chose Tea with Jam and Bread and I was so excited about it that I cast on a swatch as soon as I decided on colors. Then I swatched again because my gauge was off. Then I swatched one more time because it was still off.
That is my biggest complaint about knitting sweaters: you either have to swatch, or do math. I don’t really care for either, but of the two, I’d rather swatch. I finally got gauge with the third swatch, after going down two needle sizes, and it was totally worth it because I got both stitch gauge AND row gauge! Go me! Then it was off to the races! I knit on this sweater all afternoon yesterday, stopping only around 9:30 last night when it was time to switch to the next color.
Maybe it looks a little small there, but it’s all bunched up on a 24″ circ. I’ll switch to the 40″ once I get going on the next color, navy. And do you like my stitch marker there? I chose that one in honor of the French Open, which just started. (Go Rafa!) I can’t wait to get home tonight and see how the navy looks with the purple! I can tell already this is going to be a tricky one to photograph well. The bottom color is more true, but even that’s a little too dark. It’ll be a good exercise, I guess!
Love the purple 💜💜💜
That’s going to be a nice little sweater 🙂
Thanks, I hope so!
It’s so cool to start a new sweater! Also, summer is a great time to knit a sweater, because maybe you’ll get it done in time for cold weather. I often say, out loud and also on my blog, that I like summers to be wool-free, but I inevitably cast on a sweater every darn summer! I don’t finish it in summer, but it usually gets done before November!
Oh boy, I sure hope this doesn’t linger until November! Maybe September! 😉
That looks like its going to be an awesome sweater!
Thanks! Here’s hoping!
Oh, wow! You’ve made a ton of progress on that already. It looks great, and I’m excited to see the color change!