I have the house to myself this weekend, as Jamie is off Wales to visit his parents. As I have no pressing engagements, I plan to spend most of the weekend knitting. And what better knitting than casting on for Eskimimi's Mrs Tumnus KAL!
Knowing I wanted to cast on straight away, I spent some time during the week winding my yarn and swatching.
I didn't hang around after bringing this lovely Skein Queen Blush home from Unravel last weekend. I got it straight on my swift and wound into a gorgeous, squishy cake.
As this is sport weight, not fingering, I felt it was important to swatch for this pattern, particularly as I only have one needle with a 100cm cable and if that turned out to be the wrong size....
I knit two swatches, one on 5mm and one on 5.5mm. I hit gauge (mostly) on the larger needles, but prefer the fabric of the smaller needles, so will knit my Mrs Tumnus on 5mm needles. Even though this was the needle I already had in the right length, I decided to buy myself a new one. There's nothing wrong with my Milward circulars, but ever since I bought my little Addi Turbos for the colourwork projects I did before Christmas, I've been hankering after needles of the posher kind. I want to try out all the different options before I splurge on a full set though, so decided to get something different to Addis for this project.
I'm starting to find I have a preference for knitting with metal tipped circulars, but wooden dpns. So I opted this time for a Knit Pro Nova needle. It has a purple cable! I can't wait to get started, although I am a little daunted that the first instruction in the pattern is to cast on over 400 stitches!