i love love love the wool/cotton blend i bought yesterday. it’s floofy, it’s soft, it has some of the elasticity and loft of wool, but doesn’t overstretch because of the cotton. woo!
that said, i knitted like 4 inches of the conservative protuberances hat, then frogged it because on #10s, it’s just a smidge too loose, and the cable pattern doesn’t show well. so i’m going to try it on #9s.
i’m also going to learn the provisional cast-on for bella. well, i know how to do it in my brain, but i’m going to do it in real life today. the pattern calls for #7s to hit gauge. i always knit looser than gauge since i learned not to “yank the bitch” so tightly as i said when i was teaching mariamamama how to knit (woo! knitting: not just for grannies!). so i’m bringing my #5s if i come out way too big. it’d be groovy if i brought my #6s, but i only have those in straight, crappy aluminum needles…. i could conceivably do it on straight needles, but i lurrrrrve circs.
also, what’s up with susan bates making circular needles that are almost exactly like addi turbos? not that i have a problem with that because they’re $6 instead of $15, but whoa… however, i’ve only seen them in about 3 sizes in any given store.
for those of you who think this is like reading greek, i say: oh well. you gotta take the heather who’s high on yarn with the heather who’s loopy with the heather who’s stressy with the heather who’s punchy with the heather who’s sad with the heather who’s off the wall with the heather who’s thoughtful. and just pray it’s not all at the same time.