Happy Lunar New Year. I celebrated mine by getting together with family last night and friends today. I had two hearty chinese dinner, a take out from Su Hong last night (one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Silicon Valley) and a hot-pot today. The new year is the year of tiger, which is quite special for me because my mom is a tiger lady and she’s turning 60 in two weeks. It is a huge milestone for her, she is as strong as an ox, still running her own business while caring for the family.
On a crafty side, here is my Shalom cardigan right after washed and blocked
Pattern: Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane
Yarn: Casade Heathers 220 less than 3 skeins
Needle: Circular US size 8
Modification: The pattern calls for bulky yarn with 13 sts/4″ gauge, I used worsted weight yarn with 18 sts/4″ gauge
The key is to know the ratio of these two different gauges and multiply the existing number of stitches with the ratio to get the right stitches. For example, if the pattern calls for casting on 20 sts and if the ratio between two different gauges is 1.5, then you want to cast on 1.5 x 20 sts = 30 sts. The same rule goes for the number of rows
my ratio is 18/13 = 1.38
The beauty of this modification is once I figured out the ratio, I pretty much followed the instructions without changing much. My goal was to make sure I had the right stitch count in the beginning (cast on stitches) and the end of yoke increase (after the third increase)
I casted on 91 stitches (1.38 x 67 = 93, but because I want to achieve the right number of stitches at the end of the yoke, 91 makes the math easier. The pattern is quite forgiving, so you go over or under a few stitches, it should be ok)
The number of stitches I had after the three increases were 147, 183 and 234 respectively. The last increase got me to 232 sts and I added extra two stitches just to get to 234 stitches.
The only thing is if you want more buttonholes, just be sure to adjust the pattern. In my case, I intended to have 6 buttonholes, but because I forgot to make the third one long after it’s due, I sucked it up with 2 buttonholes.
The other modification is I skipped the waist shaping and it works out OK.
Overall it fits well and it surely will become a staple to my wardrobe.
The yarn is not the greatest. It felt a little stiff but it softened after I washed it. As long as I layer, it should be fine. Cascade 220 is the most popular yarn on ravelry but a lot of people use it for felting. I have another set of Cascade 220 in my stash, I will use them up but will not buy more in the future. After knitting for more than a year, I have turned into a yarn snob wanna-be. I would like to be a real yarn snob but I can’t afford it right now. Top of my list of yarn to try are Malabrigo, Madelintosh, Kollage, Lorna’s lace, and Debbie Bliss.
I casted on the Diminishing Rib Cardigan last night while watching the opening ceremony. I was not hugely impressed, it’s a bit corny with the giant bear and totem-pole look alike creatures made of ice. After an hour, I got bored and turned to the third season of Doc Martin. Also, there is no really popular American figure skaters this time, I don’t feel pumped up to watch it religiously.
This morning, I also cut out and do my fit on the coffee date dress. It was fun, a lot of cutting and joining.
I am planning to work on the muslin on monday since tomorrow we are celebrating the over-rated V-day. I don’t like V-day at all, it is cheesy and I think it is totally a marketing scam to get you to spend your dough. But it is still a good excuse to celebrate our loves. Money is tight right now, so we are not doing fancy dinner. Just a low key trip to Campbell farmer’s market, pick out the freshest ingredients and cook comfort food at home. We may go hiking as well. Enjoy your V-day and don’t get ripped off.