My current work in progress:

1. Brickless, designed by Martina Behm, knit from Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag in the "Boston Fern" colorway on a 4.0 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

A reader question, from Cathy:

Do you always need to give your knitted garments a bath before they are “finished?” I’m a relatively new knitter and have steam blocked a couple of things, but never did the bath thing with my yarn. I suppose if I were really Wendy-like, I would have soaked my swatch first. Right?

If you were really Wendy-like, you wouldn’t have even knitted a swatch.

Ooooh! But that is wrong. So wrong. You should always knit a swatch. And wash it.

Reason Number 147 Why I Hate Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles

I started the first Ingrid sleeve, on my 12″ Addi Turbo. When the sleeve was big enough in circumference to switch to a 16″, I dug out a Crystal Palace Bamboo — my only wood 16″ size 1 needle.

Ummmmm . . . Crystal Palace thinks a size one is 2.25 mm. All my other US size 1 needles are 2.5mm. So the sleeve went on a 16″ Addi Turbo. But I much prefer doing colorwork on a wood needle.

We are not amused.

But anyhow, here is my Ingrid sleeve.

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The sleeve, she is growing.

Lucy

Lucy is pleased by all your comments about her obvious superior intelligence. So much so that she has allowed me to post a cheesecake pic of her.

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Comments

  1. Virginia D. Vaughter says:

    It’s election day. Get out there and VOTE!

    For those who may not have seen last week’s South Park episode (episode 808), here’s the synopsis from http://www.southparkstudios.com/

    “808 Douche and Turd
    When PETA demonstrates against the use of a cow as South Park Elementary’s mascot, the student body is forced to choose a new one. As the election approaches, Kyle tries to convince everyone that his candidate, a giant douche, is better than Cartman’s nominee, a turd sandwich.”

    The main message of the show was that elections are always between a giant douche and a turd sandwich. They’re the only people who suck up enough to get themselves elected.

    So let’s all go to our respective polling places today, and vote for either the giant douche or the turd sandwich.

  2. i’m really enjoying the posts these days, as i’m not a huge fan of colorwork but i LOVE how this particular sweater is working up, i cant wait to see the finished product! and then buy the pattern… and take 10x as long as you to finish it :)
    i hope you’re taking time to rest, and doing well these days. say hi to lucy!

  3. Hey, that new hair photo looks good, Wendy!

  4. Wendy, I think Lucy only agreed to that picture so she could lure male kitties to her revolutionary cause. ;) I know my Calvin, Hobbes and Ivan were all glued to the screen when they saw it! They were pawing the moniter even!

  5. Diana & Orion says:

    Bummer about the needles … we are exclusively a Clover Bamboo house … wit h the exception of some really ebautiful FIddlesticks straights that we just HAD to have…

    The sleeve rocks. I have no idea how to do colorwork yet so anything with a color pattern is uber-ahhhhhhhhhh to me. YOurs especially.

    Orion almost passed out when this photo of Lucy came up on the screen. He had to go out onthe patio for air … and a nap to dream of his Preen Queen.

    Have a great vacation, lovey. Diana & Orion

  6. Diana & Orion says:

    Bummer about the needles … we are exclusively a Clover Bamboo house … wit h the exception of some really ebautiful FIddlesticks straights that we just HAD to have…

    The sleeve rocks. I have no idea how to do colorwork yet so anything with a color pattern is uber-ahhhhhhhhhh to me. YOurs especially.

    Orion almost passed out when this photo of Lucy came up on the screen. He had to go out onthe patio for air … and a nap to dream of his Preen Queen.

    Have a great vacation, lovey. Diana & Orion

  7. Diana & Orion says:

    Bummer about the needles … we are exclusively a Clover Bamboo house … wit h the exception of some really ebautiful FIddlesticks straights that we just HAD to have…

    The sleeve rocks. I have no idea how to do colorwork yet so anything with a color pattern is uber-ahhhhhhhhhh to me. YOurs especially.

    Orion almost passed out when this photo of Lucy came up on the screen. He had to go out onthe patio for air … and a nap to dream of his Preen Queen.

    Have a great vacation, lovey. Diana & Orion

  8. You are right Wendy, it is SOOO wrong not to swatch, and I don’t do it either. I should, too, because I am not the master craftsknitter you are! I’m also really bad about using a very difficult sewing pattern and making it up in the actual final fabric without making a cheap muslin one first to figure out if my adjustments are correct! I guess you are supposed to use a recipe when you cook, too?

  9. I agree with the not swatching. I used to just start and measure after about 4″ or 10″ of knitting. Fortunately, most of those items were baby sweaters and I was usually on gauge. Now I swatch. Even for lace shawls. Because ripping is only fun to do once.

  10. Kitty yoga! :-)

  11. I want Lucy’s life! She looks soooo relaxed. Aaaahhh the life of a cat.

  12. oh my! the different needle size thing piss you off too, huh? as a transplanted canadian in america at the moment, i have to say that americans are missing out on a much simpler system! basically, there are a lot more metric needle sizes than there are american. here is the trick – most american needle sizes under US 4 can have more than one measurement in metric. for instance, a US 3 can be a 3.00mm or a 3.25mm, most manufacturers will actually make both, but both (in america) are called US 3 – you have to check the metric size to see which one it actually is. also, needle gauges here don’t measure my canadian metric needles properly, they don’t have the “in between” sizes on them… confusing? hell yeah, especially considering most of my needles are from canada and have only the metric sizes printed on them anyway. it drives me insane, i tell you.

  13. Hi Wendy,

    I don’t comment often on your blog, but I am a regular reader. Why, yours was the gateway knitting blog for me! I just wanted to comment on the Ingrid sleeve – it’s just gorgeous! I really admire your intricate work. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. I have now had to password-protect my computer at home so that my kitty doesn’t see these shameless cheesecake pictures when I’m not there to supervise. For shame, Lucy. For shame.

  15. As a Canadian, I have to say – metric needles all the way, baby! I can never go wrong with them, especially since I’m a non-swatcher too (ahem…). Thanks for the bamboo double point needles pointer. I normally loathe knitting with double pointeys because of the slippage, and am not a huge fan of bamboo straights because they sometimes have too much grab. But, aha, using bamboos when I work with double pointeds should solve that annoying slippage. Thanks for another great tip Wendy!

  16. Beautiful sleeve and beautiful Lucy – tho’ undoubtedly a bit of a slapper. The best cats always are in my experience.

  17. I agree with Tamara! Kitty Yoga!

    Of course, when I see a pose like that, I want to give Lucy a tummy rub though Liz has another point… that might be a come-hither pose to get more male kitties to join her revolution!

    Jan

  18. Psst…lucy…..when are you getting your internet privileges back? shhh…