So far in July I have had some wonderful celebrations with family and friends and I hope you have too. I celebrated the freedom I have where I live. As part of the celebration on July 4th I made fruit kabobs that we whirled around in canning jars full of homemade raspberry-lemonade spritzers...fun to make and yummy to drink and munch on.
Admiring flowers and the moon and having a tea/chocolate almond milk party with my granddaughters have occupied some of my time during the unusual stretch of very hot weather we have had so far in July. Also, water has figured prominently in my activities. I have continued to swim frequently at the gym pool, and I've watched others swim or play in kiddie pools, and my oldest granddaughter asked her pastor to baptize her as a Christian in the river by his house which I got to witness. [a bit of swimming and boating happened afterwards].
For those of you who crochet and or knit, do you crochet or knit a swatch to determine your gauge before you start a project like most patterns suggest you should?
I don't....or haven't....I know, but don't judge please :)
Monday night I joined a group of ladies at the church that I have been attending who gather to crochet or knit baby blankets for babies who arrive at a local neonatal unit. Before I came I had been told that we were asked to make blankets 16x22, or 22x28, or 28x34 inches in a non-lacy pattern, and if knitting use size 8 knitting needles with worsted weight, soft acrylic yarn.
Since I had appropriate yarn, I dug out my Knit Picks size 8 circular needles and attached them to a size 24" cord figuring that would be enough room for a small blanket. Then I cast on stitches until it looked like it would be big enough and started knitting. I knit and knit and knit and knit...
I know :)
I completed very few rows before arriving.
When I showed the leader of the group what I had started she kindly told me that the blanket might be big enough to fit a twin size bed. Really?
I started to frog my work, but before I had finished frogging she said, "Wait a minute. Let's figure out your gauge." [I at least knew enough about "gauge" that I had brought my little ruler-knitting-needle-sizer-thingy with me so I efficiently whipped it out] [ahhh pride]
My new friend-teacher said, "See. You have four stitches per inch so all you have to do is multiply the number of inches you want the width to be by four and you will know how many stitches to cast on."
See my enlightened mind?
In my over 44 years of knitting I am certain I have figured out how to figure out gauge before, but I am hopeful that this guided hands on experience will help me internalize the information forever and put it to use in a timely fashion in the future :)
So far July has had many exciting events, including the first awesome close up views of the dwarf planet, Pluto, and devastating losses of life and property around the world, so my mind has not only been trying to wrap itself around stitching in gauge but also thinking and feeling in gauge about life in and around me.
Life is engaging to me! Is it to you?
Wishing you life engaged in love,
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it." Psalm 139:13-14 TLB