Gansey Progress

I had a very successful show this past weekend in Raleigh, NC at the Carolina Fiber Festival. It was very exhausting too and I am glad to be back home for a bit.

I thought I would share these two photos of the booth because they show my newest samples which you watched the progress of recently.

So that brings me to the current state of my gansey. It is looking great. I am to the point where I am beginning the underarm gusset. I am annoyed however that, as usual for me, swatches lie. My gauge was 22 stitches in 4 inches in the swatch and is currently 25 stitches in 4 inches. To be fair the sweater is not washed and blocked so we will see. I thought it was looking a bit small. It will be fine regardless as far as the pattern since I can just change that, but it’s not gonna fit me comfortably at its current dimensions. Sigh.

Knitting Ganseys

Here’s how I spent my knitting time over the weekend.

I had a fun time working up the sampler Gansey in Knitting Ganseys.

I found a few techniques a bit fiddly in the small sample but I hope they will be a bit easier in a full size garment. Also being familiar with them should make designing my own sweater easier. First fiddly bit was the channel island cast on. It looks cool though. The second annoying bit was the invisible provisional cast on for the neck edge and shoulder strap. Then getting the shoulder strap knit was challenging the first time. I actually had to rip out the first one and re knit it because I stupidly did it wrong and twisted it up. Once I got it going correctly it went easier and the second one was no problem.

I have some reading to do and then do some swatching and planning. I think I would like to use a sport weight yarn for my design. I’ll keep working on my shawl in the interim too. I can’t wait to get going on this. It may take awhile but it should be fun and interesting.