Little Pig, Little Pig, Go Away!

Swatchity Swatch Swatch

 

I would like to ask the swine flu to please leave my home.  We’ve been battling this bug since last Wednesday with one child or the other. 

In the meantime, very little knitting has been happening.  It’s hard to knit when you’re playing nurse to a 5 year old and a 3 year old.  I finished up one sock last night during the Packer/Viking game and got a start on the second.  Much of my day today has consisted of rocking the 3 year old who’s got a 103 fever.  The poor thing is miserable.  Even with Tylenol (whoever invented that should be sainted!) it only brings the fever down to 100. 

So today, I have a picture of a swatch.  Yep, pretty exciting.  In Knitting 101 (if I had taken the class, which I didn’t) you learn to do a gauge swatch before starting a project.  This one I actually did mostly correct.  That means I knit a 4 inch x 4 inch square.  Or at least I would have if I hadn’t run out of yarn.  I made this one from scraps of Debbie Bliss Merino Aran.  Then, I washed it and blocked it.  To be honest, I normally skip this step.  After it was dry, I took out the pins and measured gauge.  I’m really impressed with how soft this washed up. 

It’s important that this project fit correctly as the recipient is picky.  And since I only have 1100 yds of the particular color I want to make sure it will work out.  I’m thinking it’s going to be the Cobblestone Pullover from Brooklyn Tweed.  Or maybe an Elizabeth Zimmerman cabled sweater.  What do you think?? 

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