I’m going to talk about that subject which I can’t talk about. The Super Secret Mom Object. I posted a few days ago about the thing that I’m going to make for my Mom, but I can’t tell my Mom what it is. Well, more accurately I can’t tell her about the object’s size, yarn, color or pattern, or rather I can talk about those things as long as she doesn’t hear about them or see them. And since she doesn’t read my blog all that frequently, this should not be a huge problem. So for now on I’m going to refer to this project as the SSMO.
The pattern for the SSMO calls for worsted weight yarn, which seems a little much for me. So I purchased a fingering weight yarn – a much better yarn for this shawl (my Mom at least knows that it is going to be a shawl, she just doesn’t know what it will look like – that’s the secret part). Just to get a better guess as to the modifications that I’m going to need to make on account of the yarn substitution, I swatched with a worsted and now I’m in the process of swatching with the fingering weight. HUGE difference. I’m working with a size 4 needles with the fingering weight and I think I either need to use wooden needles (to prevent loops from falling off) or to go up a size so that I can knit tighter.
The first part of the pattern is a series of repeats and I’m going to swatch 2 full repeats and then bind off and take measurements. Hopefully I was smart in purchasing 3 skeins of this yarn instead of 2 and should have p-l-e-n-t-y of yarn to adjust for yarn weight and the length of the shawl.
I am really surprized as how quickly the swatch process is going. I did the worsted swatch in about 1.5 hours and about 2 for the fingering swatch. If the pattern is going to seriously be this easy to master then I just might (***just ***might***) be able to make one for little sis too in time for Christams. Won’t that be special?