Cast on, cast away!

lumplump

That picture. The one right above these very words displays the horror that was the beginning of last week. I finally finished tweaking the (simple) midi skirt pattern I had been working on. To make the fabric more manageable (it is about 10ft by 12 ft!) I cut out a rectangle… Then I ironed it, not once, not twice, but THREE times. The result? That picture right up there… There must be something wrong with the way this fabric was woven, because no matter how I iron it, it cools down to that lumpy texture. [If anyone knows how to fix this, please let me know!] So with my summer midi skirt dreams crushed, I moved onto knitting Jessa! (I’m totally still on the lookout for a perfect summer midi skirt fabric though…)

JessaSwatch

First came  swatching! The picture actually shows my second swatch on 3.25 mm straights, it’s slightly under-gauge but since my gauge loosens on circulars I decided 3.25 mm would be a good size!

instruments

In case you have never thrift shopped for knitting needles, these two items are what I usually bring with me. A less conspicuous piece of equipment would be a knitting needle gauge, which is basically a piece of metal or wood that you can push the needles through to check their size. Since I don’t have a knitting needle gauge but I do have a vernier caliper, I prefer to use my vernier caliper (not to mention it’s also more accurate!). Unfortunately there were no circulars at the two thrift stores I visited so I went to my LYS to pick up aero’s!


needles

mistakes

After casting on and finishing the neckband, I started the short row neck shaping. Everything was fine until I realized I had been twisting my purl stitches for one entire row! You can see it in the picture above, all of those little bars one row above my needle are twisted stitches. I don’t know why this has been happening to me laterly! I assume it’s because for the past three years I’ve only knit cowls, mittens and socks…

Anyways this was frogged yesterday, and I re-knit a new neckband today! I am now onto the short row shaping for the second time…

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