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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Red White Gansey Progress

The past few days have provided some unexpected extra knitting time.

First, it's cold and wet so yard work has come to a temporary halt. Frost warning for tonight, but then it's supposed to warm up for the weekend.

Second, doggy school is closed for the week because of a kennel cough outbreak. So far all the coughing has been limited to Monday night dogs and one Tuesday night dog who lives with a Monday night dog. Sunny is a Tuesday night dog. Pappy is a Thursday night dog. They are healthy.

Unless something changes, Sunny and Pappy will have class next week. The Monday night dogs won't meet again until after Memorial Day. Meanwhile, doggy school cancellation adds about six hours to my week and I've spent it/will spend it knitting on the Red White Gansey.

Pattern: White Gansey from Beth Brown-Reinsel's Knitting Ganseys

Yarn: Knitpicks Swish, a worsted weight superwash wool

Color: Pepper Red

Needles: Knitpicks Options #3

Gauge: 6 stitches/inch, 9 rows/inch in stockinette. A very firm gauge for this yarn but great for showing stitch definition.

This is Pattern A of the six pattern bands in the body. A, B, and C are knit in the round. The front and back split for Patterns D, E, and F.

A six stitch stockinette side seam turns into an underarm gusset at the start of Pattern C.

It looks like the gauge and fit are going to be perfect and the knitting is going faster than I guessed. It's nice change to zip along the row in a pleasant rhythm of knits and purls. No cables, no lace.

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