Sunday, October 19, 2014
Amanda KAL: Making a Start!
So my lovely Ton of Wool yarn arrived for my Yarn Scholarship. It is so squishy and soft! I find this yarn pretty amazing, it is 10 ply which I would imagine to feel quite bulky and heavy but instead it is super light. It almost feels like air, which I think will make the knitting of the Amanda cardigan much easier.
As I mentioned before, I have never knitted cables before in my life! So tackling this Fringe Association Amanda Knitalong is going to be a challenge. To prepare myself, I watched a couple of youtube clips on cables which gave me a better understanding of the principles of cables. I now know that it is about knitting stitches in different orders to create the beautiful highs and lows of the cable.
I started with a small sample of the honeycomb stitch from the Amanda KAL just to try out the technique. I was so excited to see the cables forming! I think a few of my friends thought I was crazy by this excitement. A few people noted that if I could knit socks, I could definitely cable... so that was comforting!
After this small sample, I went into knitting a gauge swatch. To my surprise, my gauge seemed pretty on par with what was in the pattern. So I am about to throw myself into it all! The post on gauge swatches from Fringe Association was incredibly helpful!
Reading through some of the other posts on the Amanda KAL, the post on annotating the chart was super helpful as well. Out come the highlighters and post it notes to keep track of where I will be going. Matching the colours of the icon with the instructions makes it easy (and fast!) to see what I am meant to be doing!
So I have cast on! I have cast on the XL size, though I am a little concerned on the sizing. For an extra-large, it has a very small bust size. I am not confident enough to make sizing changes AND learn cables on this project, so I am just going to go with the pattern. I have noticed from the gauge swatch that there seems to be a bit of give when blocking so the bust issue may not be such an issue after all.
So here we go! Yay! Amanda Knit-a-Long!