So I am totally sick. I blame Matt. "Flu-like symptoms" and allergies are not a fun combo.
Anyway, I still want to run up to Olde Peddler Wools today to drop off the swatches for the Spring Forward Class.
Let me state again that the pattern should be called "Obsession by Janet Szabo". How many Spring Forwards do I want to make???
Ah, good ol' Cascade 220 (the one I'm currently working on). You just can't go wrong with Cascade 220 and cables.
My new favorite yarn: Kraemer Yarns Tatamy Tweed DK. I'll give more of a run down on this yarn a little later.
This one is Cotton Fleece: the yarn the pattern originally used. I dropped down a needle size, and I still find the fabric a little loose for my taste. I would do it on 6's (like my Rose Leaf Pullover... one of my favorite sweaters).
So let's see... the Spring Forward works well with TLC's Cotton Plus (and it's soft and machine wash and dry). It's looking good in the Cascade 220 and I really like the swatch in the Tatamy Tweed DK.
I really like the Tatamy Tweed to work with. It's soft and silky, the cables work well (and easily... a huge plus with a 50% cotton yarn) and again, it's easy care. The dark teal color might not have the same cable pop as the pink of the Cotton Plus, but it still would look stunning.
I have to say out of the samples, the Cotton Fleece is my least favorite. Which surprised me. I like Cotton Fleece. The color palette is fabulous and the projects that I've done in it have turned out well (that Rose Leaf Pullover gets a lot of wear... the Sampler Cardigan no longer fits, so I don't wear it anymore. I do have yarn to remake it in the Cotton Plus in a smaller size). I think going down to a smaller needle would make it a good choice for the Spring Forward.
So that's what I did yesterday... swatches, swatches and more swatches! The back swatch for the Half Linen Cardigan is moving along and I should get that back done today (and I'll do a "weigh in" to see if I have enough yarn to to the right front).
I wore the Ribby Cardi last night and got some opinions on the back fold. Basically, we decided it's not that bad, plus my hair covers it (heehee). Debby, as far as fixing this one, I'm not going to bother. For what I wanted this sweater to be, it's fine (plus my hair covers the "bump"... heehee). I will do something different for Matt's, but that might be using a different pattern. I have a Debbie Bliss pattern that's almost exactly the same thing (minus the side ribbing, but the raglan shaping is more traditional... the Ribby uses a really "high" raglan shaping) that I think would work better with Matt.
So I'm going to shower, run up to Morgantown, then go back to bed. Or maybe I'll go back to bed, then shower and then run up to Morgantown (did I mention that I feel like Krap???)
Keep on Knittin'!