Category swatching

And a wooly new year

Greetings and happiest new year wishes, my knitting blog reader friends! I hope that you are returning from a restful holiday time, and that even if you are not, that you still have some delightful knitting on the needles to look forward to. I am luckily experiencing both of these things, as I had a solid […]

A quick swatch to take the edge off

Swatches, am i right? Either you love them, hate them, or form a grudging kind of respect for them. Which ever way you look at them, they are a persistent part of our knitting life. I’ve written before about my increasing levels of admiration for swatches as I’ve become a more experienced knitter. They are […]

All the other things

Since putting down my granny square project for a much-needed pause (I’ll get to those borders and assembly in due course), I’ve found myself with a bit of knitting ADD. Or possibly whiplash from having focussed on such a large project for such an amount of time…Or another metaphor which I have yet to come […]

When row gauge matters

So, you know what’s really fun to talk about? Gauge. Gauge, gauge, gauge. Super awesome, right? Well, okay, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it is the opposite of fun, let’s be honest, but it’s the reference point that defines so much of what we do in knitting. There are knitters who always get gauge, knitters who never get […]

In which I am the boss of my own knitting

After a brief glorious couple of days over the holidays of “knitting whatever the hell I want, please and thank you very much,” then a bit more after rounding up a few deadline projects, I’ve been able to go back to the beautiful Gwendolyn sweater I’ve had going on since, well, for far too long. […]

Why Swatching Doesn’t Have to Suck

I’ve been having a flurry of swatching over the last couple of weeks, preparing for upcoming and future projects. It’s the sort of process that makes you really stop and remind yourself that actually, you really do love knitting, and even if you don’t think that all those little squares of wool are going to […]

On not getting gauge (and being OK with it)

Yesterday I met up for lunch with Austen, and was ready to cast on for Gwendolyn at the same time. (Because, you know, I didn’t have enough to knit already.) Austen has already been zipping along on hers for a few weeks, aiming to be done before she goes off on a trip in mid-September. […]

My multiple comparative gauge swatches bring all the boys to the yard

One of my projects this week has been getting design plans off the ground for the inspired-by-Neville fair isle cardigan, and it’s been great fun to map out. (Fair warning: if you’re looking for an exact copy of his Deathly Hallows sweater, this won’t be it. I will be leaning a bit closer to a […]

Well, it’s speedier, at least

I’ve been doing a bit of swatching this week, toying with some design ideas and playing around with colours and options. Which is also a sort of professional-looking way of saying “I’m sitting in an indecisive mess of yarn,” but then, as Annie tells me, a creative mess is better than tidy idleness, so I’ll […]

Work in progress

Much to-doings at the moment here at Knitting to Sane, on all fronts. I’m finally having to get down to brass tacks on term prep, as well as a move coming up next week. (Not far, and not requiring furniture, but enough to involve a relocation for the next several months). So there’s lots going […]