9 April 2006
Pearl Buck Swing Jacket #1
I feel as though I’ve joined the modern world.
The talented (she knits!) and erudite (she’s a librarian!) Jeanne (she has a divine blog!) is hosting the Pearl Buck Swing Jacket Knit-Along and I am participating. No matter that I can’t get the I-am-participating button to appear over there on the right near the self portrait tuesday button; no matter that some people in the knit-along have already finished (gulp) their jackets; no matter that I am also in the middle of two other knitted projects at the same time. I am participating!
I dawdled and deliberated over yarns, being unable to find (or afford) the Jaegar Extra Fine Merino DK skeins, and decided in the end to go with the trusty Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply pure wool, in Cranberry. It’s gorgeous to knit with, comes in enormous 200g balls (that’s the equivalent of four standard balls) at only $10 each, and best of all, even if one doesn’t get around to mailing off one’s cheque until Tuesday, they still deliver by Friday, enabling one to happily cast on at 7.30 that same evening during Backyard Blitz.
Doesn’t the colour go well with my rug? Please ignore the dog hair.
I swatched carefully. This is a stage I usually skip (all the serious knitters are wincing now and in need of a good lie down) but as I’m now accountable to approximately twelve fellow knit-alongers, I thought I’d better. The swatch confirmed me as a ferociously tight knitter (breathe, Suse, breathe), so I have gone up one needle size. However the 4.5mm needles feel unwieldy and chunky, so I will start with the yoke as it’s the smallest piece, and if it’s too big I can start again and won’t have lost too much work. If so I’ll have to make a concerted effort to calm down and knit more nonchalantly, which hopefully will ease the tightness.
We shall see.