Slow and Steady

I’ve been trying to work on my Keelin when I have time and not feeling rushed. I want to finish this sweater with the care that it deserves. This weekend I had some time by the pool, so I finished seaming:

Since I finished my socks I’ve been itching to start my Dale of Norway Sweater. I started swatching:
Dale swatch

After swatching and determining that I had gauge I was ready to start. As I started casting on nearly 300 stitches I thought back to something I’d read a few years ago. I follow a lot of knitting blogs. A lot. I just went to count, and it seemed daunting. I’m going to estimate that I have about 90 blogs in my reader. Not all knitters are posting as frequently as they used to (don’t think I’m criticizing – I know I am in no position to judge the frequency of ANYONE’s posting), but I enjoy reading them all, so I keep the subscriptions going. So, the point of this rambling is that when Claudia knitted Autumn Rose a few years ago she started with a sleeve to truly check her gauge. That seemed like a really great idea. So, I decided I’d do the same.

Great idea. Seriously. After knitting about 30 rows, it was really evident that my gauge was too tight. So I ripped it all out, and started again. No problem. I often say at work that I don’t expect anyone to have all the answers, just that they should learn how to ask them and of whom. I hold myself to that standard as well. I’m really pleased that I’d remembered that process change. I’m such a rule follower that I always start with the back or body of a sweater. This may seem like a simple switch for most, but it really took a push for me to jump ahead to the instructions for the sleeve. I’m really looking forward to this project.

One thought on “Slow and Steady

  1. EZ told me to start with the sleeves, and so I always do. By the time you finish the sweater body, often you are bored, bored, bored, so having the sleeves all done is lovely πŸ™‚

    Thanks for you compliments on Jaali! I did so enjoy those decreases πŸ™‚

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