Well, whoops, didn’t mean to go yet another month+ without posting here! This whole “cooking a munchkin” thing is exhausting, especially when combined (as it was until a week or so ago) with teaching an intensive summer course. So I’ll just start by thanking all of you for your wonderful comments on my last post – we’re so excited about our little munchkin! We get to see them tomorrow morning, at our 20-week ultrasound appointment. We’re not planning to find out the gender ahead of time, so that aspect of the munchkin will remain a mystery until we get to meet them!
Since my last post, I completely finished up that secret project I mentioned (you’ll hopefully be hearing more about it in late July!) as well as teaching that class, so now my needles and my mind are free to roam a bit. As is my way, I’ve got lots of plots and plans for new designs; some for me, some for the munchkin, and even one for my beloved husband, since our 7th wedding anniversary is next Spring, and I’d like to give him a sweater in honor of it (what with the traditional gift being “wool”). So, expect to hear more about those things if I can ever get my head on straight enough to post regularly this summer.
Also in the plans: a post about the design process for Addie, and a tutorial for the Ganseyette I knit for the Tour de France. I’m not officially participating in any TdF-related knitalongs this year, simply because I’m stretched a bit too thin for them to be any fun for me right now (I don’t have the energy to keep up with forums and such), but at least if I can post about Addie and the Ganseyette, I can honor my tradition of obsessing over Ganseys during le Tour.
I’m using Knitpicks Chroma Worsted, and my gauge is a fair amount bigger than that called for in the Budgie pattern, so I’ll be reworking things with my own numbers, as well as substituting details from my Stripes! pattern.
One such detail is the Twisted German Cast-On and corrugated rib hem and collar, to which I’m adding a little vikkel braid, simply because I’m still obsessed with them. I’ll need to go up a needle size or two for the hem of the actual sweater, since my gauge is a bit tighter in corrugated ribbing than it is in stockinette.
I’m also going to transition to garter ridges at the yoke, just like in the grown-up Stripes! pattern. I just love the extra pop the garter ridges give to the yoke!