Swatching Saves Lives (or wasted time anyway)

Yesterday, cajoled by E (PokingMyEyesOut), I finally bought the pattern Kingscot (designed by Norah Gaughan, published in the Winter Twist Collective) and sat down to swatch the cables to see how it looked in the Rowanspun DK I have set aside for temp housing.

On US4 needles, the fabric is really, really airy. I need to go down a needle size or two. I don’t think the yarn suits itself to the pattern.

I admit I didn’t really think it was a good fit to begin with, and Stacey (On and Off the Needles) agreed. But sometimes, you just gotta swatch to see the light.

Of course, now I want to buy yarn to knit Kingscot anyway (those cables are fun!), but I don’t think that is going to happen anytime soon.

In happier news, Claw loves her fulled kitty bed.

claw bed
claw on the bed [flickr]

I have been placing it with her whenever she is crated or placed in her carrier (open houses, people visiting the house, our flight next week) and I think it helps keep her calm. Hooray!

Administrivia: I updated WP today, so let me know if anything looks/acts strange. Thanks!

3 Comments so far

  1. stacey on December 11th, 2008

    :) you are so right – it’s hard to believe until you see it on the needles for yourself. Now you can scout the sales and find something perfect to highlight all those pretty cables!

  2. Sara on December 11th, 2008

    aww, your kitty is so cute.

    good for you for swatching. kingscot is a lovely pattern and deserves to be made from just the right yarn.

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