Knitting: I’ve spent the past two evenings watching the Olympics and swatching for Bristol Ivy’s Asagi. I’m using the called for yarn – Jill Draper Esopus – in colorway Gold Star. I’m sort of halfheartedly making this my project for Ravellenics. I haven’t joined any teams, but I’ve set a personal goal of trying to get this sweater completed during the Olympic Games … and in a nod to the Olympics and the colorway, I’m calling this my Going for Gold Asagi! As you can see, I’ve already done two swatches for this project. The pattern suggests a size 4 needle, and since I tend to be a loose knitter, I always start by swatching one needle size down from the recommendation. For my first swatch, I thought I was using a size US 3 … only to find when the swatch was washed and blocked (and way too tight) that I’d accidentally used a US 2.5! I was so off, that I went ahead and tried a US 4 for my second swatch, which left me with a still-too-tight gauge — a rare occurrence for this loose knitter! There seems little, if any, difference in my pre- and post-blocking gauges, so I think I’m going to boldly cast on with a 5 tonight, rather than doing another swatch, and take a gauge of the sweater as soon as I’ve knit enough.
Reading: Ok, so I haven’t actually started Girl on a Train. Which is ridiculous, because I’ve lugged this book halfway around the world and back with me! I thought I’d start last night before bed, but Women’s Gymnastics kept me up past my usual bedtime! I’m cracking into it tonight — I’ve publicly declared it, so now I’ll have to do it, right? I know I’m horribly late to the party on this book, but I’m really excited to read it nonetheless!
To see what others are knitting and reading this week, head over to the original Yarnalong post. What are you knitting and reading this week? I’m always looking for suggestions of books to add to my ever growing “to read” pile!