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Camber Cardigan, Skew Socks, and Spring Fling

Wow, I could have sworn I blogged last week, but apparently I didn’t! I’ve been spending more time offline recently, but I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. I think I just needed a bit of a break from computers outside of work for a while.

Over the weekend, I was able to finish the Camber Cardigan and wash/block it. I haven’t sewn the buttons on yet because I’m contemplating the length of the sweater still. Gauge swatches? I think they lie. According to my gauge swatch, this sweater should have shrunk in length after washing, but it didn’t. Not even a little. Since I was trusting my gauge swatch, I added more length to it then I would have if I wasn’t trusting it. The sleeves are longer then planned, however I’m okay with that. The length of the body, though? Not so keen on it. It’s a bit too long for me because I have a rather short torso and it completely covers my butt. I did try to shrink it in the dryer, but the sweater wasn’t wet or damp at all, so it didn’t do anything. I figured the heat of the dryer would be enough to shrink it. Apparently not. I may retry it after spritzing the sweater with water first. Since that failed attempt, the length doesn’t seem so awful. Still longer then I’d really like, but not so bad I wouldn’t wear it. The fit is great around me and I don’t want to ruin the whole thing just because I’d like the sweater to be about an inch shorter. I’ll give it until the end of the week to decide what to do.

Camber - Front
Camber Cardigan – Front

Camber - Side 2
Camber Cardigan – Side

Camber - Yoke, Front
Camber Cardigan – Front Yoke

Camber - Yoke, Back
Camber Cardigan – Back Yoke

What’s your experience with gauge swatches? How often are they spot on vs. not being correct in the end? Do you trust your gauge swatches all the time? Are there other factors in gauge that I’m just not considering (weight of the finished garment or something)? I’d love to get other people’s thoughts on this – so leave a comment! 🙂

Since Camber is now done (I’m going to call it done even though it doesn’t have buttons!), I’ve started the second Skew sock. I think I mentioned finishing the first sock, but never got around to posting photos of it, so here’s the first sock and the start of the second one.

Skew
Skew Socks

Skew - Inside
Skew Socks – Inside

Skew - Outside
Skew Socks – Outside

Skew - Heel
Skew Socks – Back

It’s been the only thing I’ve been working on this week and I’m already about an inch from starting the heel. Hoping that by the time the weekend is over they’ll be done!

The Spring Fling is about a week away now. I had an email from Sheri this morning about it and got really excited! I can’t believe it’s almost time! I’ll be taking the Seamless Sweater class with Jared Flood while there and I’m sure there will be plenty of other fun to be had as well. I’ve been getting to know people through the Ravelry board, which is how I found a roommate and found a ride partner. Eee! I’m so excited! Since I can post to my blog from my iPhone (and I’ll have the netbook), I may do a few quick updates while away.

I feel like there’s more I’m meaning to post, but forgetting. More for another day if I remember! 🙂

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I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

3 thoughts on “Camber Cardigan, Skew Socks, and Spring Fling

  1. hey stranger!! your skews are looking fantastic, as always. i’ve been contemplating a second pair since finished my first. 🙂 your cardigan looks great too 🙂

  2. The cardigan is beautiful, even if it is a bit long for your taste! And I LOVE the color of your skew socks. Very groovy. 🙂

    I’m excited for Spring Fling too! I’ll see you there in a week! 😀

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