Saturday: Got up at 4:30 thinking about my chullo. I put it down before my surgery in March, and haven't picked it back up again, because something was "off" about it. No, not the screwed up, roll-y edge - I'd figured out how to fix that (pick up stitches, and add a garter-stitch border. Tedious, but no biggie) - it was something...else. I was in bed, contemplating March and milking, and thought "Hey! My chullo would make a PERFECT milking hat - it has sheepies on it and everything!"
So, I hopped up out of bed (at 4:45 AM on a Saturday...I'm nuts.), and dug out the hat. And looked at it. It's...cute. But...something....just......it.......Sh
So. I cut the yarn. Then I actually sat down and figured my gauge.
See, I don't normally do a gauge swatch - not on small projects, anyway. I usually hit gauge with no problems (don't hate me. It's just blind luck), so this time I figured, OK, the KP yarn I'm using feels the same, grist-wise, as the LL sock yarn I love. I get 8 sts/inch with LL on size 2, this has the same grist, so - Size 2 it is! (Since the pattern calls for 8 sts/inch)
When I actually COUNTED stitches, I got 12 sts/inch. :gulp: No wonder the damn hat is too small. So. I have no size 3 circ, and I don't want to use DPNs for stranded knitting - I can, there's no problem, it's just more fiddly than I feel like right now (and the whole. Damn. Hat is stranded knitting - you use both ends of the ball and alternate in all the solid color portions. So....OK. :deep breath:
I got 12 sts/inch with size 2s. I'll probably get 10 sts/inch with size 3s, so let's move up to size 4s (which I happen to have handy) and see what we get.
I'm right at 8.5 sts/inch. The hat (I'm 3 rows from the sheepie right now) is a tad loose - but I can FIX that with a little hot water and agitation. Even if it doesn't tighten up any, I'd rather it be a bit loose - I can bun my hair and wear it over the bun. (I'm betting it'll shrink like anything, though - the knitting is a bit loose, and a tad floppy - usually signs that I can full it a bit with judicious washing.)
So......I CO, and started in. I remembered to do the border in garter (purling 162 stitches isn't my favorite thing, but it's ok.), and I'm MUCH happier with it. We'll see how I feel when I get to the sheep. :lol:
Barn: We started yesterday at 8 (yes, I had 3 hours of knitting! Go me! Sweet Geek did breakfast - pancakes. Lovely man...), and, when we finished, the back of the barn was done, the side where the window is was almost done (need to cut 1 piece), the other side is almost done (need to cut 3 pieces of tin, and put up a whole one. We laid out the rest of the tin - *I* was afraid we'd need to go get more today for the roof. It LOOKS like we have enough - especially since we bought 3 more clear panels for the skylights (we use 2 at a time, to conserve the tin).
We also visited our pregnant goats last night - I had to take the breeder some of my feed, so she could switch them over gradually. They're fat, they're happy, and they are all (it looks) pregnant. :huzzah: We've GOT to get the barn done, though - they are coming home *next* weekend. :ack:
Gotta run - have some knitting to do!