I came, I swatched, I frogged

I’m not sure how well I conveyed it in my last blog post, but I was really looking forward to making a Thousand Splendid Suns cowl. Really really looking forward to it. As soon as the secret squirrel project was finished, the swatching started. Sadly, something just didn’t feel right as I knit with the Jitterbug.

Jitterbug swatch

Then I swatched with the Madeline Tosh sock, and I got the same feeling. It just wasn’t quite right. Now that I look at the photos of the swatches, I think the ‘suns’ don’t translate that well to thinner yarn, they just look a bit measly. In theory either yarn could work well if they were double stranded (not together though, that probably wouldn’t look too good), but I doubt I have enough to make a cowl from a double strand. It’s a little disappointing that it hasn’t worked out, but it’s better not to force these things I feel.

Madtosh swatch

Putting the cowl on hiatus meant in theory, I could start working on the other pattern mentioned last time, the Man scarf. Instead, I got distracted by the Woodland Capelet and its pretty scalloped edge.

Woodland caplet

I’m running the stash gauntlet again with this one, using the Bendigo Woollen Mills Allegro that was meant to be for my knee high Kalajokis. There wasn’t enough yarn then, and I’m not convinced there will be enough yarn this time either. If there is enough yarn, it’ll be a very very tight squeeze. What can I say, I like to live life on the (pretty scalloped) edge.

6 Responses to “I came, I swatched, I frogged”

  1. jules Says:

    It will be so lovely in the red if you can stretch your yarn out far enough- bonne chance!


  2. OzKnitter Says:

    I felt sure the Jitterbug would work! :o(

  3. Sonia Says:

    The woodland capelet is so pretty! I hope you can make the distance 🙂

  4. Leonie Says:

    Such a shame they aren’t working out the way you planned. Does this mean a trip to the store is required to get a thicker yarn that will work better? Coz you kow I want to see these socks on you right?

  5. drk Says:

    its very important to trust your instincts with these things, but i do think the suns look gorgeous in the jitterbug. i can see them clearly. the pretty scalloped edge is a very nice place to be though!

  6. Lynne Says:

    It is, indeed, a very pretty edge. I hope you have enough yarn to finish!

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