Im taking part in the Marion KAL (knit-along) thats running over the next couple of months.
Marion is a lovely cardigan from knitwear designer Andi Satterlund. This will be my third knit by Andi- The first was my Chuck sweater and second the Hetty cardigan. Hetty is sadly going to have to be frogged due to a skein from a different dye lot that doesn't quiet match up. It would probably look ok but for the effort that goes into knitting something I don't want it to just look ok. I’ll just get some different yarn and work on it again after Marion.
I ended up getting some wool from the Bendigo Woollen Mills for Marion. Luxury 10ply in navy. I did want to get the recommend yarn from Knit Picks but I couldn't find an Australian stockist and the overseas stockists couldn't guarantee it would be here in time to start the KAL. I knit my gauge swatch over 2 needle sizes, the recommend size 8 and then one size up. I am a really tight knitter and usually find it hard to get gauge. I could get the stitch gauge with the size 9s but was off with the row gauge. I found that if I tried to knit a little looser with the 8s I could just get it. I know its usually not the preferred way as every knitter has a natural tension that they knit to but its really the only way I have around it for now without altering the pattern. Knitting tightly for so long means its going to be a hard thing to change and I do need to concentrate as I go. I feel a bit like I’m learning to knit again. My cast on and start are a little wonky but its evening up as I get further down and find my rhythm. Its a habit I’d actually like to shake for good so Marion is a test project for me to see if I can actually change my ways through practice. If I can't? Well if I can't then my cardigan is going to be too small and I'll be a little cranky.
I cast on this morning, a day later than the actual start of the KAL but my gauge swatch was still drying and I wanted to be sure I could actually do it on the 8s at a looser tensionbefore I started. Hopefully I can get it finished by the 25th of October!
Are you doing the Marion KAL? If you'd like to join up you're not too late. Check out the details here
.I hope you're enjoying the first weeks of spring. Its been a crazy start of spring in Bendigo this week with rain and sunshine but lovely all the same.