|The lighting here has been really bad as of late, so this is the only picture I have. Sorry.|
The gauge swatch pictured is for the Salem Hooded Jacket from New England Knits (yet another of my Christmas books). I was originally worried that the yarn would be too stiff or course for a hooded garment, but knit up it has a surprising amount of drape and softness to it. I knit the swatch on US size 10s and got what I thought was close to gauge. I then cast on a sleeve on Sunday to have travel knitting, only to discover on Tuesday that what looked to big a gapey was. I had misread the recommended gauge at least three times. I have since frogged the sleeve and cast on again using size 9, which makes me a little apprehensive because I'm a naturally tight knitter and usually have to go up needle sizes not down.
I'm hoping, obviously, that the yarn and pattern will still work well together. I love the idea of knitting this sweater in such a soft tweedy red and am planning to put in a black ribbon for the neck accent. It reminds me of a Buffy EU story in which the gang has to deal with a former slayer who was involved in the Salem witch trials (obviously not cannon, but the story is from the late 90s and the show was hardly making cannon). The current plan is to knit the sleeve and then see how I feel about it. Wish me luck!
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