For the most part, I feel pretty normal. I don't think of myself as someone who has a exteme preoccupation with anything in particular. There are lots of things that I'm interested in. I love music and movies. I love my husband and my doggie. I love being outside and seeing new things. I also love knitting. Somehow, it is the knitting that really draws everyone's attention - when I'm away from my knitting circle friends that is - and I don't really understand why. No one thinks it's strange when someone pulls out a book and reads while they are waiting for something. It's practically the same thing only I can still carry on a conversation while I am knitting. This week I got laughed at for bringing my knitting bag to an office luncheon. I got laughed at for making a towel. And I got several comments like "what are you knitting now?" and "you're always knitting". What the heck?
And then I realized that maybe it is a little weird. I do talk about it a lot, which fortunately I am blessed with non-knitting friends and family who put up with it. But am I all that different from a football fan during football season? However, I also realized that there are some things I do that may seem a bit odd to the outside world. Like the fact that today I carried around my Simple Knitted Bodice swatch. I don't mean I put it in my purse. I mean, it was my binkie for the day.
Basically, I played with it and flipped it around while I was worked or thought through an "argument". There was actually something very comforting about this and I found that my shoulders weren't in knots by the end of the day. But more importantly, I learned something about my swatch. It grew. It grew way more than I expected. Before washing, it was knit perfectly to gauge. After washing and playing, it went from 5 stitches per inch to 4 stitches per inch! The row gauge had a similar growth. This is huge - it is the difference between my sweater fitting me or fitting B. Personally, I think the purple would look better on me. So, I am back to knitting another swatch...and getting some more sideways glances from my co-workers.
The fabric was pretty, but there is definitely some room to tighten up - especially if it likes to grow. However, what I'm confused about is the gauge in the pattern. They highlight the fact that the pattern accounts for the growth of the silk and if you substitute, to be aware of this and check your gauge accurately. But the gauge seems to actually result the finished measurements of the sweater, so I don't see where there is room for the growth. Could this be right? I would think that if I am making the size for a 34 inch bust, the pattern would have me knit something slightly smaller, so when it relaxes it would fit properly. But it looks like I would end up with approximately a 34 inch sweater. Hmmm....
Oh well, this is probably one of those times that I am just reading too much into it. I do have to say that I really do like the look of the Cotton Twist, but the nylon strands are a bit tricky. I will have to pay attention to those really carefully because they are easy to miss and easy to snag on the following row. But once knit up - it really does provide a nice fake out for the silk.