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Adventures of a Swatch

14 July 2008

I’ve swatched for the CPH DC knitalong, though I remain skeptical about the pattern. The cables are gorgeous, but I am pretty sure the sweater will make me look like a hippopotamus. Well, anyway, hope springs eternal and Danielle has been talking about waist shaping, so we’ll see what happens.

As luck would have it, I ended up with three swatches, all of which are happily blocking on a towel right now.

First swatch was on #8 Denise Interchangeable needles, and came with me to Georgetown two days in a row. First, to tacklebox with Danielle:

Swatch on 8s in tacklebox

Swatch on 8s in tacklebox

The DC area’s only lobster shack (or so their website claims), tacklebox had wonderful sweet tea, amazing asparagus, and pretty good lobster rolls. Having just come from Boston’s South Shore, I may have been overly picky about the Lobster Roll, but it wasn’t quite what I’ve had up north. Next time I’m having the Tilapia, which looked fan-freaking-tastic.

The most important thing about this tacklebox visit is that I confided in Danielle the problems I’ve had with the Debbie Bliss yarn (rav lnk) in the past (sweaters suddenly unfinishable! gauge unpredictable! yarn clearly cursed!) and she assured me that the problem is me, NOT the yarn. Hmph.

Danielle Eats Tilapia

Danielle Eats Tilapia

Could it be Danielle is cursed? No, no, I’m sure it IS me. I do love blaming yarn for my problems. Sometime I’ll tell you all about the Artyarns Supermerino (rav lnk) that Would Not become a hat (rav lnk), holding out instead for my usual ribbed socks (rav lnk). I swear, the yarn made me do it.

In any event, the #8 swatch went with me to Georgetown again the next day, this time to the Georgetown University campus. The stitches were a little looser than I felt comfortable with, though I tend to be a tight knitter so am reserving judgment on the needles I should use until all swatches are blocked and I can Think About Them a little.

Next up: Swatch Goes to University! And to Hospital! [No, I’m fine and so is everyone I know.]

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