I finished not one but TWO projects this weekend! (it still counts as August as long as they were done by Labor Day, right?) First up, I finished the Clapotis. It refuses to be photographed right now, so as soon as I get a picture I’ll post it. Then, 24 hours later, I finished up the baby blanket for Zach. Baby blankets make a great 1st birthday present, right? *sigh*
Yes, I started this before he was born, but it is hard to work on a warm, cozy blanket when it is a bajillion degrees outside. Then the whole hand thing happened, and after my surgery I wasn’t comfortable knitting with large needles. I had put off working on it in the summer heat (I didn’t work on anything at all for at least 6 weeks), but this weekend I picked it back up and zoomed right through to the end.
Somewhere in the span of the weekend I also managed to start two new projects. One is the “test” Humpty Dumpty sweater from the class that I took at the Knit at Night Guild conference last weekend. It is an “unpattern” sort of project, which tends to make me nervous. I’m not a free and easy knitter like that normally. I also started the sweater I am going to make with my Brooks Farm yarn. Mmmmmm… their Four Play is heavenly to work with! Unfortunately, I am not getting gauge, so I’m going to have to frog it and start over. I have only made it about 3 inches into the sleeve though, so it is ok. I want to redo the garter stitch cuff anyways.
Question … I have never knit garter stitch in the round before. Where I switched from the one row of knit to the one row of purl, there are ladders. Ugly ladders. I don’t normally get ladders, so I suspect it has to do with the switching from knitting to purling. How do I make that transition look smoother? Any ideas?