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Not enough room to breathe, but enough to take a bit of the remainder of the evening lightly when I came home around 9:30. Congratulating myself (and my project partner Joanna, yes Joanna from high school) for having done swimmingly well on our project. Went and bugged my dad with snippets of comments I perceived in my puffed up state as praise from my Prof. Now just some more documentation and the second part of the project. And the final.
Ughah. About a week and a half more to go where once again time seems to speed by too quickly. Yes, it is the end of the quarter and finals ;)

Started a new knitting project today- Sway Sweater by Kim Hargreaves on the knitrowan website. The yarn is the Debbie Bliss Merino DK I bought fairly recently at a sweet Uncommon Threads sale. $3 a ball for 110m! Yes, in the color of this webpage. Mouldy green may just be my default color. I almost purchased a lovely darker blue with a slight bit of green-grey in Merino Aran but the yardage was so much less for the same price. That turns out to have been a slightly bad choice. Read on for a few things I've learned in the process so far. Especially point #6. #6 is a wonderful point I wish someone had told me about before I parsed (yes I am a geek) an entire graph for the back and left front.

1. Buy worsted weight yarn if you're stashing for a sweater. All the cute patterns use worsted weight. chicknits sweater patterns use worsted weight.
2. Knitting Math which boggles my engineering mind. I did swatch!!! First swatched using #7's since I knit fairly tight. Hm. I was getting about 22 sts/4 inches. Pattern calls for 20. Wash and block the swatch only to have it say "aren't I full of holes?". Cheeky swatch. Then I tried the 6's where it said "Yeah, right, nice try. Try again." So, against all engineering logic and using some knitter's flogic decided to try knitting with the #7 and purling with the #6. YAY! It seems to have worked. Almost exactly 20 sts and 28 rows. Well, 14 rows = 2" since I abandoned the swatch for the sweater. That'll teach swatches to mock me.
3. Casting on with the smaller needles than called for in the swatch will result in a measurement smaller than what is stated in the measurement pictures. That would mean the bottom of this sweater is somehow about an inch and half smaller than it should be. It'd probably only fit Charlene.
4. The German Twisted Cast On is superhandy. I think I can do this just about as fast as the long tail cast on and makes a neater bottom row.
5. The Suspended Bind Off allows for some stretch room that my regular bind off does not. Nothing like binding off and making your item pull inwards at the top.
6. When knitting a sweater, don't knit the size that fits you with just your t-shirt on. Not only would you have to inhale to get into the sweater, do you really want to wear just a tank top under a wool sweater to avoid the Abercrombie "too-tiny-sweater-with-holes" look from two years ago? Didn't think so. And gauge is more forgiving if you go a size up. If you're between two size measurements, go up. For the love of sanity, go up. What if it shrinks?! Once again, dear reader, I urge you, go up.

So far there is only an inch of ribbing which isn't so interesting. I'll post some of my dual needle size action when it gets to the stockinette section! Or when it looks less like a headband and resembles something that will be the back of a sweater.

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Now that's a list of very helpful tips! I really like the looks of the suspended bind off.

You're right about #6, of course, but I can't get past the "I'm sure it will fit me by the time I finish knitting it".

Yeah - like that really works.

i thought your website was blue.

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