My crazy holiday gifts are moving right along. Up there you see the cowl (the recipient does NOT read my blog thankfully) which is nearly done at this point. I'm a bit worried that it's going to be more snug-fitting than I intended and hoping that a good blocking will make it the loose cowl I envisioned when I started it. I'm knitting it from Cascade 128 Superwash, a new-to-me yarn that has a much nicer hand than most superwash wools I've tried. While the fabric itself feels quite lovely, knitting this thing has been killing my hand. I can't decide whether it's the baby cables and twisted stitches or the yarn that's doing it, or maybe it's just the combination of the two? Who knows! Either way, I can't knit on this too much at once or my hand starts throbbing. Considering that I had surgery almost a year ago I am really not enjoying the idea of still having pain in that hand . . . so I'm blaming the project, not my hand. Luckily the project's already nearly finished!
I did take a little detour from the gift-knitting this morning though:
This is a simple stockinette hat I'm whipping out for myself because I just really NEED a hat now that the temperatures have dipped below freezing. I'm using a skein of the Classic Elite Stormy I bought years ago to make a cardigan that never materialized. Having started only this morning before work, I've already made significant progress. I'm aiming to finish this tonight so I can wear it ASAP because it's much too cold to go out without a hat on! Oh and before anyone points out that I really should be knitting this in the round, hold your horses. I can't find any of my DPNs right now so knitting it in the round isn't happening. And yes, I know about magic loop and knitting with two circulars, but no, I don't like either of those techniques more than seaming!
Hope you're keeping warm wherever you are . . .
January 02, 2010
Your hat in the Cascade 128 Superwash looks great (too bad it caused pain getting there)!
I’m very curious about your experience with this yarn. I tried a swatch, got exact gauge at 3.5 sts per inch on #10 needles. Then I washed it exactly according to manufacturer’s instructions, in a little bag so it wouldn’t get beat up in the machine. Disaster! The thing stretched way out, especially in width. My nice looking stitches ended up looking like loose string.
Did yours wash all right? Did it stretch way out like mine did? Thanks for shedding light on this if you can.