Here is Vivian - I can't tell you how much it pains me to see her using the cuff of a hand-knit sweater to wipe oil paint off that canvas. Clearly she didn't knit it herself:
I started out by searching the local knitting stores for the right yarn and finally settled on this pretty baby alpaca from Juniper Moon called Dark Harbor. It's sooo soft, just the kind of thing the most impressive sweater you ever knit should be made of.
I forked over my $120 for the baby alpaca (surprising cheaper at Gather Here than online) and wound six balls of yarn for myself - ensuring that it was no longer returnable. It's a good sign when you keep petting it, right?
Then I dutifully made my swatch to check gauge, and I knit 5 stitches to the inch instead of 4.25 which doesn't seem like a big deal until you think how many inches there are. It's already such a loose knit that I don't want to up the needle size. For all you non-knitters this basically meant that I was stuck with six balls of non-returnable, too-thin yarn.
But I'm 40 right? So I met with one of my many newly-in-her-40s friends, who happens to be good at math, and over coffee and a 4 lb. chocolate eclaire, phone calculators in hand, we THINK we have solved the problem - and not with more math.
|Katie's going to knit the same sweater - so it's not like she's working for free!|
And for those of you who are wondering - THIS is 50: