Well, ok, I don’t think my whopping two swatches particularly warrants the use of “galore”, but I liked the sound of it. And hey, I’m making up for my lack of bloggish diligence by making two posts in as many days!
So, yeah, as the title suggests, I’ve been swatching. First up, my swatch for the me-sized gansey I plan to knit during the Tour de France this year:
The yarn is Bartlett Yarn, in Dark Jade, and this picture was taken after it had a nice little bath in some SOAK wash. I put a little chevron in there, just to see what the stitch definition was like.
As you can see, my gauge is pretty much a perfect 4sts/in, which means I’ll have an easy time with the math when it comes time to do more detailed planning.
The other sweater I swatched for is a tour-de-force in garter stitch. Namely, the Bog Jacket. I was originally planning to knit myself an adult-sized Tomten jacket, but I think I just like the look of the Bog Jacket a bit more. Anyway, the swatch:
The yarn is Beaverslide McTaggart Tweed, in “Prairie Sandreed”. It’s a really nice tweedy green, a bit greener than it appears in that photo. And it is so soft after having a bath in SOAK. Unbelievably soft. I love it.
As you can see, my gauge is just the tiniest speck over 3sts/in. I’ve actually already done the math, and cast on my key number of 108 sts, and have even made it about an inch into the body. Apparently I’d rather do just about anything than finish seaming up Syncopated Ribs, because something else (also Project Spectrum-appropriate) hopped on my needles, as well:
That’s the beginning of a Rusalka Glove, from “Knitting New Mittens and Gloves”. The book, by the way, is one I would highly recommend…there are so many lovely patterns in it, and I plan to knit several of them in the near-ish future, from yarns I’ve got sitting around in my stash. The yarn I’m using above is Hand-dyed 100% Merino Superwash fingering-weight yarn from See Jayne Knit Yarns, in “Green Tea”. It is absolutely gorgeous (why yes, I did discover my camera’s “Super Macro” mode today!).