Sunday, April 25, 2010

What a difference a gauge makes.

Last weeks shawl in Mini Mochi at a gauge of 7 st to the inch took roughly 215 yards, and gave me a light airy shawl perfect for a delicately scaled young lady.

I decided not to let the RAM that had memorised the pattern go to waste, and pulled out some ill fated Jo Sharp DK Wool Tweed to cast on. I label the wool ill fated because I bought it in 2006 and it has since been swatched or knit into 4 incarnations, only to be ripped out. And, indeed, while I don't foresee ripping this shawl, the colour - manufacturer named "Marble" because that looks better in a catalog than "Phys Ed Grey" may find itself transformed by a dip in the dye pot when I go home in October. Although it is a lovely soft colour, and a sweatshirt coloured shawl would be more stylish than a ratty sweatshirt of the same hue.

The yarn is a true wooly wool, and makes for a very warm shawl.
And - getting back to gauge - a full size shawl for a not so delicately scaled woman. At 3.25 to the inch (ruthlessly blocked) and about 500 yards, I have a nice shawl perfect for the current April Showers.


ChelleC said...

Wow I love it! And it's weird, I'm finding that same gauge thing with the Storm Cloud Shawlette. Each one I've made with different yarn comes out totally different sizes.

ChelleC said...

How did you like Sweeater Quest BTW?

tina said...

laughing about the RAM. I always feel like that, so much tied up in memory of needful things! Gives me a great excuse to forget to unload the dishwasher. (and more!) Love the shawl, even in phys ed gray (chuckle.)