One Is The Shiniest Number

Sometimes, it’s best to be at one with one’s self.

Introducing our latest yarn base: Merino Single Lace!

Coming in at 800 yards (732 m), 100 g and $25 per skein, this superwash Single-Ply Merino is a shiny shiny laceweight that plays well with many a lonely needle!

We think this would be an excellent choice with some Silk Stainless Steel (let us choose a matching colour) or even on its own for the Cliffs of Insanity scarf.

Okay, Keep ’em Company!!

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Email orders AT indigodragonfly.ca to place all orders.  Let us know: 1)  what you would like to purchase, 2) where you live (state/province/country), and 3) whether you would like us to wind your yarn into cakes (charge of $1 per skein with proceeds going to our Otis Houndation).  A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario).  For further information, see the bottom of this post.

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Merino Single Lace: 800 yds/732 m, 100 g, $25 per skein

Sonic F*%#ing Death Monkey (High Fidelity Special Edition #5)


dark, almost black brown

1 Skein Available

I’ve Never Been Up With People Before (Xander)

3 Skeins Available

Who’s A Guy Gotta Kill To Get A Drink Around Here? (Angelus)

2 Skeins Available

River Song

2 Skeins Available

Self-Elmolation

1 Skein Available

The Deltoids Of Compassion (Captain Hammer)


golden, chocolate and caramel browns with dark purples

Sold Out!

Save A Frog – Unplug A Blender

2 Skeins Available

TARDIS

Sold Out!

A Thin Line Between Love And Batteries (Shiver Me Timbers!)

Sold Out!

Only, The Exact Phrase I Used Was, “Don’t.” (Inara)

1 Skein Available

Groverkill

2 Skeins Available

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To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which colours(s) you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Shipping charges to the US will start at $5.85 for surface mail and $7.46 for air mail. Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval. Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked). I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps. Custom orders (including dyeing or overdyeing your own fibre or yarn) are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.

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At Least I Left Out The Mushy Stuff

Today is Ron’s (the Boy’s) birthday. He would really prefer I didn’t tell you, but I’m sorry, I strongly believe that there is nothing more important than celebrating the day someone unique, special and dear to you was born.

Everything about Ron is a sweet surprise. He came into my life in an unexpected way, and has kept me on my toes ever since. Those of you who have met him know he’s a quiet man. Really he’s just saving it up to catch you off guard with that one phrase that makes you spit water across the room. (even better are the times when he starts to snicker at just the thought of what he’s about to say)

I can truly say I’ve never met a funnier, smarter or kinder person. All qualities that are the reason we’re able to live AND work together. And patient! A quality that’s life saving when you live with me. On our second not-date I casually led him into a yarn store and he wandered around with me for an hour with no signs of losing his mind with boredom. Seriously patient!

Without Ron you would all be stuck with non-memorable colour names. Really, that part is all his fault. Well, except the geeky ones. Though he looked at me strangely when the first Buffy yarn came out, he now insists that watching Buffy is “research”.

One thing you may not know about Ron is that he dyes many of our colours. And he’s really really good. He makes me love colours I think I hate.

He takes my good ideas and makes them better. I say “Vampire Ballerina”, he says “Tiny Bloodsucking Dancer”. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life and in yarny goodness.

Happy Birthday Ron!

Yak! Bam! Etc!

So, have you ever woke up and said to yourself, Hey! I don’t have any Yak!! And so…

Yak! Bam!

Yak! Bam! is a super squishy blend of 75% Yak and 25% Bamboo, 50 g and 185 yds/169 m per skein, has a natural mid-brown colour, and is super awesome for folks with wool allergies.

Now, we used Yak! Bam! a few months ago as the mystery yarn for the Smart-Ass Knitters for World Domination Club, and the response was Ooooo, Ahhhhhh, Can’t You Offer This Stuff As A Regular Base??? And so…

Get it before the raging hungry DNA-Re-sequenced Ultra Pandas of Morpheus get a whiff of that sweet sweet bamboo!!!

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Email orders AT indigodragonfly.ca to place all orders.  Let us know: 1)  what you would like to purchase, 2) where you live (state/province/country), and 3) whether you would like us to wind your yarn into cakes (charge of $1 per skein with proceeds going to our Otis Houndation).  A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario).  For further information, see the bottom of this post. If you’re ordering from the United States or Internationally, let us know your shipping preference (Ground – usually less inexpensive but slower that Air).

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Yak! Bam! – 75% Yak/25% Bamboo, 185 yds/169 m, 50g, $15 per skein

Next Of Pumpkin

Pumpkin Yak! Bam!

Sold Out!

Rurple

Sold Out!

Kathleen Turner Underdrive

Royal Blue Yak! Bam!

2 Skeins Available

Some Blacker

Angst Yak! Bam!

1 Skein Available

Well Red   

Deep Red Yak! Bam!

Sold Out!

Violet Tendencies 

Deep Violet Yak! Bam!

Sold Out!

Emerald Down The Hill

Emerald Yak! Bam!

1 Skein Available

The League Of Rather Ordinary Magenta Men

Magenta Yak! Bam!

1 Skein Available

Avocado Guacaholymoley

Avocado Yak! Bam!

Sold Out!

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And as advertised, here’s a few extra goodies that are yearnin’ for their time in the sun, and their rightful place with their yarn brethren! Enjoy!!

Captain Tight Pants

DK Polwarth Captain Tight Pants

DK Polwarth Silk:  75% Polwarth/25% silk, 750 yds per 250 g., $60 per skein

Sold Out!

My Name Is Indigo Montoya

Merino Silk Lace My Name Is Indigo Montoya

Merino Silk Lace: 50% Merino/50% Silk, 720 yds, $35

4 Skeins Available

Groverkill

Merino Nylon Sock Groverkill

Merino Nylon Sock: 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon, 2 ply sock yarn, 375 yds/100g skein, $24

1 Skein Available

Bright Lights, Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn 

MCN Sock Bright Lights, Big City, Busy Highway, Slow Unicorn

MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $28

Sold Out!

You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair!

MCN Sock You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair!

MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $28

1 Skein Available

Captain Tight Pants

MCN Sock Captain Tight Pants

MCN Sock: merino/cashmere/nylon blend – 375 yards per skein – 115 g – $28

2 Skeins Available

Angst For The Memories

Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock Angst For The Memories

Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock: 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk – 430 yards per skein – 100 g – $29

1 Skein Available

My Name Is Indigo Montoya

Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock My Name Is Indigo Montoya

Merino Silk 4-Ply Sock: 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk – 430 yards per skein – 100 g – $29

1 Skein Available

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To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which colours(s) you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Shipping charges to the US will start at $5.85 for surface mail and $7.46 for air mail. Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval. Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked). I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps. Custom orders (including dyeing or overdyeing your own fibre or yarn) are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.

The Poetry Of Yarn

As some of you out there in the internets may know, I (Ron, not Otis) have been involved one way or another most of my life in the Media. Newspaper reporter, Radio host, Television show creator, Photographer, anything to keep the brain wet.

A few years ago, I had a collection of poems published entitled The Beautiful Darkness. A nice volume of early works, I was looking through it yesterday when it occurred to me that hey, maybe I could somehow visualize and adapt some of the poems into some interesting colourways. Words are visual, so why not go one step further?

So, here are the results; I hope you like them and/or can see the interpretation at work. Enjoy!

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Email orders AT indigodragonfly.ca to place all orders.  Let us know: 1)  what you would like to purchase, 2) where you live (state/province/country), and 3) whether you would like us to wind your yarn into cakes (charge of $1 per skein with proceeds going to our Otis Houndation).  A PayPal invoice will be mailed to you that includes airmail shipping (or surface mail if you’re in Ontario).  For further information, see the bottom of this post. If you are ordering from the United States, please specify whether you’d prefer Air or Surface delivery!

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Merino Sock: 100% Superwash Merino 2 ply sock yarn – 390 yds/100g skein – $24

(Please Note: All Skeins are in the Merino Sock base)

The Children Are Transparent

 

The children are transparent –

they are transparent, and their

minds are turning

their minds are bending and their

gears are morning silent

the games they play are silent,

and quickly burning.

The trees are bending from the weight

of the children

the children climb and swing in

the burning afternoon breeze

the breeze turns in unison with the

gears of the children

the mechanics of this afternoon are burnt

and childish and green.

The day will grow dark and

the children will play

the children will play and go hungry

in the voracious dark

the dark does not bend to breeze

or gear or silence

the children are transparent –

they are transparent and silent

and hungry

bending into the burning dark.

The Children Are Transparent

3 Skeins Available

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The Chase

 

and this is the monster

swift brown monster

browns and greens

grunting growling

super deluxe monster

superstitious and sprinting

swift at the sight of the mob the

townsfolk torches and i

rest among the stones the

green stones and the monster munches away

enjoying your fine green eyes

your eye coins are copper-green and fine so

fine for your broken-down ferry ride

down the broken waters the copper cliffs

echoing in the exhaustion of the many

the ones who never bothered to swim and

i swim in your half-eaten eyes

a half-stroke ahead of the mobbing green tide

green growling waves of bloated cemetery flotsam

and my feet super with bothered strokes

break through your stones

sputter brown soiled words and echo

a fine monstrous grunt

and i am brown

and i am green

i hide in your eyes

and the mob has grown bloated

as old as the cliffs

and will never catch us

no matter how many of these townsfolk

are swift clichés

The Chase

3 Skeins Available

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Elegy – Cookstown Jail, 1977

 

On these mildewed ribs, revealing

Confession…

My skeleton came apart, as

the ground tasty with their

hard fallen ancestry,

loose in breath, these shards are

blasted yet not diminished and

this to please the resident authors

I huddle amongst the failing walls

kneeling, bracing word   secret   dust

awash in the bony cycle,

and the bulldozer sneezed rust

purred with

purpose

but did not

blink.

Elegy - Cookstown Jail, 1977

3 Skeins Available

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Ten (Cathedral)

For you –

For you,

I’ll write

ten

tiny perfect poems

with my eyelashes

on the harbour of your neck,

the silent small of your back,

each brush stroke

being brilliant,     calligraphy,

and the language –

Cathedral.

Ten (Cathedral)

2 Skeins Available

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Five Cents A Loaf

 

The rain today is dirty, unwelcome –

the gutter swells with escaped tumbling grapes

gangs of lost green children

searching for adventure

The damp disagreement

jumps up, piranhas the tardy ankles

of luckless sidewalked sailors;

the soils below hear the flood

but have forgotten how to swim

An old women with a worn-round face

picks slowly through the captive fruits

staring out the melting storefront –

Wishing Well soda pop and Volare

at her pastrami fingers

Rosenblatt the fishmonger – heads and quarters

the King of Baldwin Street

the smells of suitcase nations

displacement and redemption

five cents a loaf, four on Saturdays

rose petals and hot looks from Sal

long-distance second-floor window gossips

laundry lines sagging over dusty laneways

pink cashmere tease and Sinatra-sharp fedoras

a handshake and kindness from Rabbi Shulman

one egg cream two straws

the secret lives of butchers…

The rain has stopped

and she has inspected this orange before,

it is twenty minutes till close

and this is how it will always be,

and will never be

again.

Five Cents A Loaf

3 Skeins Available

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To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT indigodragonfly.ca (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which colours(s) you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Shipping charges to the US will start at $5.85 for surface mail and $7.46 for air mail. Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval. Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked). I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps. Custom orders (including dyeing or overdyeing your own fibre or yarn) are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.

Pattern Release: #^@& You Mitts

Remember these?

The #^@& You Mitts! (or the uncensored “Fuck You”)

Fingerless mitts.  Each one with a different design to eliminate “second sock” syndrome. Pay close attention to the subversive cable design.  It’s all kinds of awesome.

Suitable for intermediate knitters.

The pattern is now up for sale! You can buy PDF or hard copies directly from us (email us, and we’ll send you an invoice) right now.  Please indicate whether you want the tame or the less tame version. 😉  The pattern will also be available through Ravelry soon.

You can also buy kits from us. Custom order the original cashmere for $43 (includes 1 skein of cashmere + PDF pattern), in any of these colours. (ships within 3 weeks) Or try the mitts in MCN Sport for $32! (includes 1 skein of MCN Sport + PDF pattern)

August Club Package

Sign-ups for the next wave of Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination Club shipments (December, February and April) are now open! More information and sign-up links are here.

On the day we’re sending out the October Club package, here’s a post about August!

I’m just going to let these speak for themselves with relatively little sarcastic commentary.  I know you’ve come to expect that behaviour.

The Yarn:  MCN Sock in Just Like Mom Used to Kill

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The Pattern:  Charee by Jaya Purswani

Copyright 2011: Jaya Purswani

So it turns out that Charee is Hindi for crazy.

In Jaya’s words:

Family is great, except that they always manage to drive you “charee” (Hindi for crazy)

These socks are guaranteed to help you maintain a semblance of your sanity – some twisted stitches to destract and give you a reason to stay silent; and ribbing to let you join in on the conversation.

copyright 2011: Jaya Purswani

The Artisan: Buttons by Erin Lynch

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Erin, a local jewellery artist, came to me with an idea for funky little buttons to dress up your fun knits. Yes, I know, socks don’t have buttons (well, these ones don’t…), but we like them anyway, so here you go!

Erin’s also started a blog: http://bellasbazaar.wordpress.com/about/. Let’s all freak her out and comment on it. 😉

Make It Fit! (or, No, I’m NOT Wearing My Mother’s Sweater)

Looking for yarn?  Click here for all available yarn

Want to order the perfect yarn for you? 

Find all our Undyed yarns in stock here (descriptions, prices and number of skeins available are listed with each base) We will update this as more yarn becomes available.

And choose your colours! We will also update this page as photos become available.

Until November 1, 2011, all yarn ordered for the Sweater Knitalong (sweater amounts only) is 10% off! Just mention that you’re participating in the Sweater KAL of Doom when you place your order.

Let’s face it: almost none of us are “sample size”. Standards are set for each “size” in the knitwear industry so that there is just that: a standard. If every designer out there had to create a pattern to fit every single one of us, I’m fairly certain they would all quit.

So we have a choice. We can knit sweaters, hoping they kind of fit. Or we can learn to make modifications to the patterns to make them fit us. The first one is the hardest. And often there is ripping out. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent the equivalent of weeks on sweaters that never get worn because they look like crap on. Shoulders are halfway down my upper arm. If it fits my bust, it’s tight across my hips. If it fits my hips, it’s baggy from the waist up.

I’m done.

So I’m on a mission to make sure every sweater I knit from now on fits. Fits the body I have now.

To help me, I’ve been reading some resources:

I started with Sandi Wiseheart’s SweaterWise. This was a workshop, with chapters emailed every few weeks, and worksheets and spreadsheets with formulas to make a completely customized sweater. The Wheatgrass Truffle cardigan is the sample pattern used in this course.

Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter series: This is an excellent resource available free as blog posts, or for $10 US, you can buy the series as a PDF. Amy goes through a series of exercises that give you a better sense of what your body actually looks like, what is generally flattering for your shape and how to modify all sweaters to make them fit you better. Yes, one of the exercises involves dressing in close-fitting clothing, photographing your whole body and marking up the photographs to really understand your shape. But it really helps. I found out I’m not top-heavy, as I’ve believed my whole life…but actually proportional. Which is not at all what I would have thought of my body shape. And my waist/narrowest part? Not even close to where I thought it was!

Ysolda Teague’s Little Red in the City: The entire first half of this book is all about how to make sweaters that fit you well. Measuring yourself and how to transpose those measurements onto a pattern is key, and Ysolda takes you through those steps. My only criticism is that although she tells you to look at the measurements in the schematics of a pattern to determine which size will actually fit you best, and where to make adjustments…but there are no measurements on the schematics in the patterns in this book. So there is a bit of guesswork for those of us who are visual people. (It’s not too difficult, and if anyone is planning to knit Cria, I can help you with that).

So what makes a good fit?

1) Having a realistic view of your body shape, and choosing styles that suit that shape. Everyone has at least one element of their body that they hate. Time to get over that, and working with it.

2) Taking accurate measurements. All three of the above resources talk about how to do that. a) have an accurate measuring tape available (I have a cloth one I bought for $1 at Fabricland that I only use for measuring myself…my knitting tapes get stretched and tossed and I’m pretty sure they’re way out of wack). And although all three resources have some similar elements they ask you to measure, Amy and Ysolda go into more detail…both provide measuring charts and detailed instructions.

If you have someone available to help you, you’re likely to get more accurate measurements.

What I’m doing: I’ve decided that every time I knit a new sweater, I’m remeasuring my body, and labelling the chart with a) the date and b) what sweater I’m measuring for.

3) Determine how much ease, and where that ease should be. Sweaters look best when they fit well in the shoulders, with minimal ease. Equally important is a good fit through your bust. Not tight, but you can get away with 0 ease or even a little negative ease. In actual fact, the largest part of your bust is only the largest for a short amount of your knitting. You may want more ease through your waist and hips.

If you have a sweater that fits you well, it’s definitely worth measuring the sweater itself and comparing those measurements to your body measurements. Where do you prefer more ease? Where does a closer fit flatter you most? Consider keeping a fit notebook or spreadsheet that keeps track of those measurements.

4) The fabric itself. This is where swatching comes in. All the measuring and modifications in the world won’t matter if you don’t take your swatch into consideration. And if you knit a swatch that doesn’t match the gauge for the pattern, but you prefer the fabric, there’s nothing to say you can’t make modifications to the pattern based on the new gauge. It’s extra work, but consider this: you will be putting 20+ hours of your life into knitting this sweater. You want it to be right.  You want it to fit you and be made of a fabric you’re going to love to wear.

 

 

 

Opened

Here is the felt piece unwrapped and opened:

I love these string lines. They not only acted as a resist for the colour, but added texture to the piece as well.

The rings were formed by a piece of rusty metal in the centre of the bundle.

Where I Was This Week

I took a week off to go in a completely different direction, and spend some time learning from India Flint.

We took these

and turned them into these:





And yes, even some of this

I also spent 2 days making this

so we could do this

and this

to make this

and this

into this

Which I can’t open until later today at the earliest. Ask me how that’s going.

Did I mention I’m also learning patience this week?

Swatching, or How to Avoid Getting a Sweater the Size of Manhattan

I’ve come to love swatching. I know. It’s crazy. But think of it this way: it’s knitting. It’s knitting with the purpose of making you a better knitter, learning about yarn and the fabric every yarn makes, and how that can make better finished knits.

I’m going to take you through my swatching process, complete with photos. I’ve tried many things over the years, and this is what works for me.

I haven’t learned it all on my own though. Most of my swatch boot-camp has come with practice, some success and a lot of failure, and some great advice from resources like:

Sandi Wiseheart’s SweaterWise
Yarn Harlot‘s Knitting Rules
Ysolda Teague: Little Red in the City

I’m swatching for Amy Herzog‘s Cooke Cardigan, which calls for worsted weight yarn knit at a gauge of 20 sts & 28 rows per 4”/10 cm square.

The first thing I’m going to consider is my yarn choice. The original yarn has alpaca in it. Alpaca and silk added to wool creates some drape. I’ve chosen superwash wool. Superwash also creates some drape, so I think I’m going to be fine.

I’m swatching with Merino Sock, doubled (working with 2 strands at once). One of my favourite, most worn sweaters is knit with this combination, so I know it will work. I’m also using a subtley variagated yarn, so working with 2 strands at once will help mix up the colours.

I almost always start with the recommended needle size and cast on more stitches than are called for. In this case, gauge is measured at 20 sts; I cast on 30. Gauge is measured at 28 rows of stockinette; I knit 35 rows.

My swatch:


Your swatch is practice for your sweater.

One thing that I’ve found to be important with swatches, is to treat the swatch the way you’re going to treat the sweater. If you’re going to machine wash and dry the sweater, make sure you machine wash and dry the swatch. If you’re going to soak the sweater, squeeze out the water and lay flat to dry, with no additional blocking — do that with the swatch as well. If you’re going to steam block or wet block the sweater every time you wash it: steam or wet block the swatch.

Because I’m not likely to wash or iron or steam block the sweater as I’m knitting it, I’m going to measure the gauge of the swatch BEFORE washing. This will let me know whether to expect any changes to the fabric.

One trick I find helpful in seeing if my gauge is on track, is to use contrasting yarn to stitch lines on each end of the stitch and row numbers:

Horizontally, there are 20 sts between the orange lines. Vertically, there are 28 sts between the orange lines. (to mark row gauge, I stitch through the centre of a line of stitches, count up 28 rows and stitch through the centre of that line of stitches)

So when I lay a ruler down, I can tell whether I’m on gauge or not:

(stitch gauge is 20 sts per 4”/10 cm – exactly what’s called for)

(row gauge is 29 sts per 4”/10 cm – off by 1/4 of a stitch per inch)

At this point, I make notes on a little tag that I will tie to the swatch when I’m done.

And wash the swatch:

I always make sure there’s lots of room for the fibres to expand and align themselves. Soaking really is magical.

When I removed handknits from water, I’m very careful to support the fabric. Wet fibres are very weak, and I don’t want any unnecessary stretching or warping of the fibres and stitches to happen. I have a large colander I put handknits in to transport them from water to where they will be blocked and/or dried. I gentley squeeze as much excess water out of the piece as possible…but DON’T WRING IT OUT. Gentle squeezing is enough.

I laid the swatch out on a small towel and rolled the towel up to soak up excess water. (with a garment, you may need to do this 2 or 3 times with fresh towels to get most of the water out). Then I laid the swatch out on a dry towel on a flat surface to dry.


(excuse the dark photo…it was really late!)

Once dry, I measure the swatch again. (there was no change to the gauge) And then I hang the swatch. Think about it. How many times will you be wearing your sweater while lying flat out on the ground? (Don’t answer that. I have very pristine views of all of you. Let’s not change that.) Most of the time you will be sitting or standing and gravity will have something to say about how your fabric will behave.

So I hang my swatch. You can use clothespegs or binder clips to clip it to a hanger. I use the shelving unit in our office:

I leave it overnight. Given 12 + hours, the fabric’s going to stretch as much as it’s going to.

And then I measure one last time.

Stitch gauge: dead on

Row gauge: dead on!

At this point have the celebratory drink/cupcake/chocolate of your choosing.

More often than not, you won’t get the result you want on the first try. Sometimes it’s way off. Sometimes your stitch gauge is fine, but your row gauge is way off. Many times I’ll knit swatches with a few different needle sizes in the same night, and put them all through their paces. I tend to be a very loose knitter, so often have to go down a needle size or 3 before I get gauge. And sometimes, when I knit 2 or 3 swatches, I may find I like the off-gauge swatch fabric better, or that row gauge is impossible to get. If I like the fabric and how it behaves, I will make adjustments to the pattern to suit the new gauge.

Want to join in on the gauge discussion? Have some tricks and tips of your own? Join us on Ravelry.