Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, isn't it?
I decided to knit Calorimetry out of some hand-painted alpaca I got at the alpaca show last year.
The model looks happy; she looks stylish, hip even.
I want that.
The gauge, however, is a problem. It's almost Victorian in its vagueness. To whit, "20 sts / 22 rows = 4 inches in 2x2 Rib, lightly stretched" is quickly followed by "IMPORTANT NOTE: It is very important to obtain the correct gauge for this piece."
Lightly stretched? What the hell does that mean?
Look at the close-up of the happy, stylish model. Those ribs look really stretched.
Essentially, it's a hat, but the pattern says cast on 120 stitches on size 8 needles. What kind of yarn would do that? Most size 8 hat patterns I know of use about 84 stitches, or less. Filatura di Crosa is a chunky weight.
I don't get it.
I knitted on the angora about half-way on size 8, then ripped and began again on size 5. I finished, but it's still too big.
And instead of looking happy and hip, I look eccentric. It looks too much like the vintage ear-warmers my great-grandmother used to knit me.
Off it goes to the charity chemo cap pile.
(NOTE: the angle on the picture doesn't show the open back, but it's pretty obviously too wide.)