I am enjoying my Sitcom Chic sweater so much, I decided I needed to knit myself another sweater, this time February Lady. My stash includes a sweater's worth of Peruvian wool from Elann (originally purchased for the Minimalist Cardigan but somehow forgotten), so I whipped up a swatch on US7s.
A swatch that did not meet the gauge of 18 sts per 4". But I have knit this yarn on US8s (the Pinwheel sweater) and I did not really care for the resulting fabric, so I want to stick with the US7s. At 20 sts per 4", I did some cipherin', and if I knit the XL size instead of the L size, I should be okay. The great part, though, is this is a top-down sweater, so I can try it on and make adjustments as I go. And, since I have been wanting to do more (any?) top-down knitting, this project also qualifies as learning something new, per my New Year's quasi-resolution. Oh, and horizontal one-row buttonholes. That's new, and driving me insane.
The other learn-something-new project, the toe-up socks, is in an extended time out. I just can't seem to get the hang of the short row toes. Actually, it is the P3TBL that is killing me. I tried using my new tool as a crutch, but the stitches look wrong and gappy (is that a word? spellcheck doesn't think so).
Then I started a rebound project, something simple, a cotton dishcloth using a granite stitch, but after six rows I already don't like it, so that has come to a screeching halt as well.
Which means I have only one WIP?!? Unheard of!