I've gotten the back of the Print o'the Hoof Cardigan finished. A mistake in the last post -- no one on Ravelry has knit and documented this piece. Four people have knit the pullover.
The back measures 18 inches at it's widest point, which is 6 inches up from the cast on, pre-blocking. But remember, this yarn is a silk blend.
After a warm bath? It's 24 inches wide. Yep. And a lot less firm. Luckily, that's just what I was hoping for, because 6 inches is a huge change -- like this thing grew by a third of it's original size. That's something you've got to plan for, baby.
How did I plan for this? I knit a large gauge swatch, like 50 stitches by 6 inches. I measured it before I washed it and after. The washed gauge is what I used to choose the size of the sweater. I learned that this yarn doesn't grow a whole lot lengthwise after washing, so I knit to the pattern as far as length rather than adjusting it for a washed gauge. Except I added 2 inches in the body of the sweater like I always do because I'm long-waisted.
Kind of a controlled crap shoot really, but it worked out so far.
So this month, in the controlled crap shoot category, I'm hitting at about 50%. (Gisela is still in time out...)
Batted 1000 with these pumpkin muffins this morning though.
Sweetened with sorghum rather than sugar so that the butterscotch chips and turbinado sugar on top don't make for a too-sweet muffin. Yum. There are 23 left. And counting.
My luck extended even to the eggs I opened up to bake with this morning.
I love green eggs. Don't you?