I probably shouldn’t be posting a post. My brain, she is made out of mush. But after the sheer number of business cards I gave out this weekend (both real and “MacGyver” style) I wanted to post something new and just say Howdy!
The typical convention that has been part of my life has been the Science-Fiction convention, possibly mentioned as “typical” here for the first time ever in the history of print. They are a whole different world of craziness from the convention from which I am currently recovering. Because this weekend I went to an awesome Knitting convention by the name of Stitches South. Half work/half play and 100% awesome!
I was insanely busy and did not take a single photograph, but I made up for that with the sheer number of fabulous knitterly type people I met. For the second year in a row I worked in the Malabrigo booth and actually being encouraged to talk non-stop about how awesome Malabrigo’s yarns are is beyond fun. I made sure to have several of my shawls knit up in their yarn (oh! my! what a hardship!) and I was sporting one or the other the whole time.
Of course, I designed Caladan in Malabrigo Sock:
My apologies are sent out to my booth neighbor Buffy Ann from Buffy Ann Designs (I totally cannot wait to use the yarn cozies I bought for the color-work shawl I am getting ready to cast on) because she heard this story at least a couple of hundred times, but here it goes.
I designed this shawl in and for Malabrigo sock, my sample in Aguas was knit and used 400 yards (of a total of 440 yards, I stopped short for wiggle room). Then my test knitters worked on it and they ended up using between 450 and 490 yards. You can imagine my surprise. A good chunk of my brain-power has been used up trying to figure out where my math went wrong and how this was possible. Then I had an ah-ha moment.
Malabrigo Sock is light fingering. My test knitters all used standard (and a bit heavy) fingering. I think that must be the difference. So I believe it is entirely possible to makeCaladan in a single skein of Mal-Sock, as long as you are attentive to gauge. Which I know is not the most favoritest thing in the knitting world. But I very much want people to have a shawl they are happy with.
So included in the pattern are suggestions on what to do if you run into yardage issues, starting with a little note that says “This is the 50% point, if you don’t have at least 51% of your yarn to go – you are gonna have issues.” There are instructions on how to drop one of the vertical motif repeats to shorten up the body a bit. And my personal favorite solution – where to start a new color to make the wave pattern in a contrasting or complementary color.
I cannot wait to see someone do that. If they have even half way decent photos of their piece I will probably beg to be able to show off their work.
So much else happened at Stitches that I could go on, and on, and on. But this has already gotten a bit wordy and my brain is still in a state that would not even tempt a Zombie. If I met you, chatted with you, scared you (it happened once) at Stitches, comment and say hello! I promise I enjoyed meeting you – even if I don’t remember right now because my brain checked out.