Saturday, October 25, 2014
Knitting Confessions - Playing along
Ok, I admit it. I don't swatch.
Granted, I mostly knit socks, and sometimes the foot is too loose, but I have solved that problem lately my starting out one size bigger for my large calves and then after the heel turn going down to the next size for the rest because of my little feet.
I have made lots and lots of sweaters in my life. And they all fit. I don't swatch.
Isn't that what sleeves are for?
Yes, I knit the sleeves first, and then use that as my gauge to adjust for the body.
I only have ever frogged one sweater. I had gauge, but I was getting smaller so I had to re-knit a totally different size.
It is not that I don't believe in swatching. In fact I admire my knitting friends who swatch and then wash and block said swatch.
I really admire them.
But after fifty years of knitting I don't think I will be changing my stripes any time soon. To be fair I knit to gauge if I use the correct needles and yarn, and I am not adventurous enough to stray too far from any pattern.
Once I pick out a pattern and yarn I just want to start knitting the project. Right now.
So that makes me a non-swatcher and impatient, or perhaps impetuous.
Either way, it is not an excuse, just a reality.
Of course now I am learning to spin I probably will knit 'samples' from the yarn I have spun. But a sample is not a swatch.
That's my story and I am sticking with it.
Do you have any knitting confessions? If so head over to Stitched Up in Toronto and share it.
Come on, you know you want to.
They say confession is good for the soul. I don't know who 'they' is, but still it is fun to play along.
If you are not a knitter, just comment and confess something. Anything. I promise not to judge.
And I promise to reply.