I'm only two or three repeats away from finishing the Plum Lotus scarf, which means, naturally, that I'm planning my next project. So far, I've settled on the Simple Knitted Bodice that I mentioned in my last post. I like this sweater a lot -- it's pretty without being fussy, simple but not too simple, fashionable and more classic at the same time.
I've got some Dream in Color Classy in the In Vino Veritas color in stash that I hope will work for this:
One picture with flash, one without. I used the same color for my Deco Socks a while back. I love the richness and depth of the color. Classy comes in huge 4 ounce hanks, so that yarn ball is quite large. Mr. T took one look at it and said, "I'd like to see the cat get that up the stairs! Hey! You should wrap something heavy, like a baseball, with yarn and see whether she can get it upstairs."
Anyway, I swatched it on 7s and got gauge, but it felt kind of tight. After washing, it definitely softened and loosened up, to the point where gauge was no longer in sight:
I swatched again this afternoon on 6s, washed it, laid it out, measured, and... got gauge. It felt tight in the knitting, so I'm waiting for the swatch to dry to see if it will have the right drape for the sweater. Getting gauge is nice, but not if the fabric is going to feel like drywall. I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow for that final answer. Even if the post-washing fabric is fine, I'm not sure whether knitting this sweater in this yarn will be that pleasant an experience. We'll see. I think the final product is nice enough to take the risk.
Because of our busy schedules, we've been pretty lax about getting our Halloween decorations up this year. Sr. Jr. took matters into his own hands this weekend. Here's the big picture view:
A close up of the fencing:
The front lightpole:
And the weird, "Blair Witch Project" installation on the front lawn:
We got a stencil of the Obama logo, so our pumpkins will be political this year. We don't have any yard signs, but I think the pumpkins will be cute.
Both boys have friends over this afternoon, so I have to go keep my house from being destroyed...