Yesterday’s trip wiped me out when combined with three hours at the beach today. All I got done was a swatch for the project I’ll introduce tomorrow.
And then, I came home to find that my knitting needle was fractured. Kids! It was a souvenir needle from a trip to Virginia a few years ago, so I’m sad, but the kids have only broken two needles over the years, so it’s all good in the end.
Swatching….it’s still a tiny bit of a mystery to me. My problem is that my English degrees betray me when I try formulating the math. If my stitches are a little bit more than the pattern, do I go up in needle size or down? I tend to be a tighter knitter, so I typically go up a needle size. And then there’s the problem that my shoulders are a small size while my waist leans toward the large size, which throws off pattern adjustments both in knitting and sewing.
Yesterday, I briefly perused Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague, and it looks chock full of tips to help in getting the pattern right. I think I’ll interlibrary loan it to see if I want it full-time. Guessing probably.