But that's ok. I'll finish the front today,
cast on for the sleeves this evening (both at once) and Zia sweater can be my first FO of 2005.
My first new project of 2005 will be this:
I finally decided on the Schoeller Stahl Micro Cable I had in my stash for "Diana" and the knit along. I had several choices on my shelves and I even toyed with the idea of using Lion Brand's Microspun. But I wanted a larger gauge yarn since that was the easiest way to make the pattern bigger. The finished bust for the largest size is 41" and that won't quite do it for me. However, the Micro Cable, size 9 needles and knitting the smallest size listed (yes...I actually swatched & measured...ick!) should give me a tank with a 44" bust. I say "should" 'cause we all know how the best laid plans of knitters sometimes go awry. Besides, I've never trusted swatching. I've been good & swatched & then had the finished item bear no resemblance whatsoever to the gauge in the swatch. Eh - phooey. That's why I don't do it when I'm using the size needle & type of yarn called for in the pattern. But in this case, going from a size 5 needle and "light worsted weight" to a 9 with heavy worsted, I decided that swatching might be worth my while. :)
This Micro Cable is basically the big cousin of Microspun. Extremely soft & lustrous, it splits like no-one's business. I'll have to watch that since all those large expanses of stockinette would be merciless in showing a few split stitches. sigh.
Some other New Year news: I'm going back on the "it's not a diet, it's a change of lifestyle" bandwagon. The stress of my Dad's death, the holidays, and me not paying attention, combined to pack 12 pounds back on my rolly-polly self. Grrrrr! I'm really angry that I allowed it to happen but what's done is done so now I have to fix it. I'm back to exercising, watching carbs (but not being a fanatic), and definitely eating fewer calories! I'm going to pop in my Tae-Bo tape today and get my blood flowing again. If all else fails in the next couple months, I'll return to my Dr. & see what magic pill he might have to help. ;)
In my next post I want to talk about the knitting I accomplished during the past year - the pros & cons of the yarns & patterns - you know, I'm going to wax philosophical. Aren't you excited? ;)
I wish everyone a glorious New Year, filled with warmth, laughter, good health, and wonderful fiber pursuits.