Monday, January 29, 2007

Like California, hell must have recently frozen over

Because get this - not only did I use the specified yarn for a pattern, I even used the specified color. I think this might be the only time I have EVER used the called for yarn, which could explain why I run into gauge problems so frequently. Although maybe using KP shine sport for Picovoli counts, since that was one of the suggested subs.
Of course, this using of the specified yarn was a total coincidence. I had 2 skeins of Filatura di Crosa 127 Print sitting around for a year, and then the Winter Knitty came out with the Calorimetry pattern in it in the same color as I had bought. I don't think I would have looked twice at that pattern otherwise, but when I saw it I thought, hey, I have that yarn! Here it is:

Calorimetry back
This pattern is really cute and creative, but as many people in the blogworld have noted, the instructions as written will make a really gigantic headwrap. I'm so glad I have the internet community to do my work for me! I used size 7 needles instead of the called-for size 8, cast on 90 stitches instead of 120, and knit 24 rows instead of 40. I think it could stand to be even a little smaller, but it's not too big as is either. I only used 2/3 of 1 skein and I have another skein, so I can make a few more until it's just right!

Calorimetry on me
Verdict - cute, comfy, and fast (took me a few hours, I'm sure actual fast knitters could churn it out in much less).


Bezzie said...

Wow, same yarn and everything!

I too did mine on 7s but I cast on 100 sts. I think it would have been too loose at 120.

Looking good!

hege said...

Cute headband!

schrodinger said...

There's got to be a first for everything eh? The headband looks cool.

yarnophiliac said...

very nice! I am going to hav eto make one -- hmmm maybe tonight? I may go with the recommended pattern numbers, but go down to sock gauge, as I have a TON of sock yarn to use...OK! running to the yarn basket now! lol

Nora said...

I love the yarn you used - gorgeous!

Desiknitter said...

It looks very pretty; I might have to try that one. I like the combination of colours in the pattern. But I rarely ever use the recommended yarn myself.

(I just realised we are on the same bay area webring but I never surfed to your blog before you replied to my balaclava post on knitty!)