I went shopping!

It\’s been a while since I last updated. My finger finally healed enough to start knitting again and I finished up M\’s hat and have been working on his scarf. But last night A.C. Moore was having a 25% off storewide sale so I got to go get some more yarn!! A. was the one who told me about it too. Woohoo!

Here is a picture of everything I got. Three piles of yarn and three pattern books:


Here is the Lionbrand Wool Ease Chunky in Spice. I am going to make this poncho with it.


And here is the Landscapes yarn I bought. The color is Rose Garden. I\’ve been eager to try this yarn and stumbled across this pattern for Libby\’s Cross-Hat-Ch which she made to match My So Called Scarf from Stacy. I actually found these patterns because of The Blue Blog. Thanks Alison!


This yarn is TLC Cotton Plus in Hot Pink. Guess when I plopped them down on the floor I forgot to turn at least one so I could see the wrapper in the picture. I will be making the Textured Wrap Sweater as seen in the next picture.



I was so excited about this one that I started right away on it last night. I\’m good about making swatches so that\’s what I start with. It calls for size 8 straight needles. A good portion of my needles are from when I first started knitting and are 14\” Susan Bates metal needles. Since then I\’ve been buying circulars and bamboos.

Of course the 8s I have are long metal ones.

I can\’t knit with them anymore. I feel completely out of control.

And I\’m in swatch hell.

Here\’s what\’s going on. I need to get a swatch of 17 stitches to 4 inches in seed stitch. I\’m using an acrylic/cotton blend yarn in the same weight as the pattern calls for, but the sample they knit with was 100% acrylic. Maybe that\’s a key difference.

With the long metal 8s I get 18 stitches in 4 inches. I also have no control over the yarn. It slides all over the place. I tried with my circulars too but they\’re metal as well and so I think metal is the problem. It\’s also holey and the picture is not very holey. So I tried size 7 needles. (Yes I know that doesn\’t make sense but I wanted to see what happened.) Less holey, and (as expected) waaay too many stitches.

So I switch to size 8 plastic needles that I have for making scarves. Now the yarn squeaks along. I definitely do not have that out-of-control feeling more like too much control. I just want my yarn to slide nicely! Size 8 still gives me 18 stitches and sort of holey. So I go to size 9 on my plastic scarf needles. Definetely too holey and 16 stitches to 4 inches. I cannot get 17 stitches!! So what to do now?

I have to get bamboo needles. Of course we have lots of snow on the ground today. Figures. And about needle size? I don\’t know. Maybe I need to try to figure out about cotton/acrylic blends first. Maybe it\’s time to make a hat out of Landscape!

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