Here is my beautiful yarn for my 30 day sweater.
It is Malabrigo Worsted in Jacinto. It is so incredibly soft. My friend said it felt like a cashmere blend.
I am so excited to be finally using this yarn. I bought it this spring when my local yarn store was having a flood sale as the Illinois River threatened their doors. My basement flooded too. Instead of thinking about the damage, I am focusing on the fact I got 20% of yarn and am thinking happy thoughts. I am also using my swift (Christmas present 2012) and ball winder for the first time, with some help from D.
Whenever starting a knitting project that should fit, I actually do swatch. Many knitters skip this step, but I just can't bring myself to skip it. I spend a lot of money on yarn (yarn is expensive, it makes me wonder how clothes are so cheap in comparison) and a lot of time knitting; I want it to fit and look good. I diligently knit my little square, then wash and block it, so I am able to make sure I am getting the correct number of stitches per inch.
Done and done, right? Then, I further read the instructions and realized I made the swatch wrong. (Insert grumbling and cursing.) Often times a swatch is stockinette stitch, but not this time. I was supposed to make the swatch in the cable pattern of the sweater. Lesson learned, read all of the instructions before starting.
I am a bit behind, already, but now I am all ready to get started on the actual sweater.
Stormy is learning to read, so that should keep him occupied.
Lots of time for knitting now.