I've had some very nice Nashua Creative Focus Linen yarn in my stash for awhile. Enough for a cardigan. Perfect for something simple for late summer or early fall. Problem was. . . I had something in mind, but couldn't find quite the right pattern to suit my needs. And then. . . I found this (Ravelry link; non-Ravelry link).
Just what I was looking for! (Except for the lace panel in the sleeves. . . but I can ditch that easy enough). Simple. Interesting closure. Showcase-for-cool-buttons. Pockets. I was all in! Problem was. . . the pattern is designed for dk weight yarn. . . and my Creative Focus is worsted.
So. . . I swatched carefully (luckily, the pattern has pocket linings; instant swatch!). . . and did the math.
My calculations show that I could knit up the smallest size in worsted weight yarn at my gauge. . . and end up with my desired slightly-bigger size cardigan! (I even washed and dried the pocket swatches to be extra-sure.)
But something went wrong in my brain. The numbers were right there. Knit the smallest size. . . end up with larger cardigan. Somehow, though, I cast on for the second-to-smallest size. And didn't notice. And didn't check my gauge again. And didn't measure. Until I got 4 inches into the project and thought. . . HEY! this is looking Way Too Big.
And it was. Once I measured, I found it was 4 inches too big around!
So tonight, when I had hoped to be relieving the stress of getting Brian packed up for college. . . I will, instead, be ripping out and re-casting on. This time, for the SMALLEST size.
You'd think I'd know by now. Measure twice (or at least once - early on) . . . knit once. (As opposed to . . . never measure. . . rip and re-knit.)
In other knitting news. . . last weekend was the Michigan Fiber Festival. The geographic location of the Fiber Fest is mid-way between my mom's house and mine, so every year, we meet up in the parking lot of a grocery store in Allegan and then head out to the Big Event together. We had a fabulous time. There was gorgeous yarn. . .
adorable fiber-creating animals. . .
and PLENTY of knitters!
The Briar Rose booth (just the outer ring visible in the photo above) was so jam-packed ALL day that it was nearly impossible to move once you dived into the fray! I managed, though. Trust me. I managed!
The hardest thing. . . was making choices.
So. Much. Fiber.
My. . . that net duffel bag can hold a lot of yarn!