Thursday, January 31, 2013

New knitting project preview: Central Oregon Hoodie

I'm totally late to the party on this one, but once again I saw this on Lladybird's blog (yes, I have a girl-crush on Lladybird and I stock her blog) and I knew I just had to knit it! It's ravelry famous Central Park Hoodie. Here's the colorway I chose.  It's the Tahki Yarns Donegal tweed Shade 882, which they call "Goldenrod."  

My new yarn!
This yarn was really not cheap. It's probably the most money I've ever spent on yarn before ever!  It is exactly what is recommended in the pattern, though so I hope things work out well once I get gauge figured out.
In honor of the gorgeous part of the country in which I live, I'm renaming this the Central Oregon Hoodie and calling my colorway "Sagebrush."  In the spring the sage blooms and has gorgeous tiny flowers that are exactly this color!  I started swatching today.  Is to swatch a verb?  Who cares?  I'm using it as one.  

Sagebrush in full bloom near my house.  It really looks like this yarn, doesn't it?

Here's the swatch sample I started today at work.  I only had a chance to do 4 rows.  And then, oops!  I realized I'm actually knitting on a size 6 needle and the swatch should be on an 8!  Oh well.  I can switch easily enough to an 8 for my stockinette gauge test.  I've only just done the garter border which doesn't really count anyhow.  
Oh yeah, swatching is the bomb!
I was discussing gauge swatches with my Mom and she was asking me wasn't I worried about running out of yarn if I cut off the gauge swatch and block it?  With a cardigan this large I figure I'd better swatch or I'd be really sorry later.  I guess I just figured if I ran that low I could just pull out the swatch and use it as a last resort.  I'm not sure how that would work, though, after blocking.  Has anyone tried that before?  What are the results?  Since I bought this yarn online, I'm not sure I could get a matching dye-lot from another order.  Hmmm.  It's so damn pricey I really didn't want to buy an extra hank just to have enough for a swatch.  I guess time will tell.

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