This is my only hope of a working relationship between me, the wrong yarn and the wrong needles. My final swatch for the Tartan jacket. It is now drying and I'm hoping for the best.
I have bought some Icelandic wool, Alafoss lopi for the main red colour, and unspun Plötulopi for the pattern colours. I've chosen not to go very far from Teva Durhams colour scheme. The only colour I substituted was Rust. I chose Grey instead. My other colours are blue, green and yellow, but of course with more beautiful shade names: Pond heather, Loden green and Gold heather respectively. The yarn is very nice but somewhat prickly, and I am particularly looking forward to knitting with the Plötulopi. It was good fun winding it up. I have never before experienced a yarn with a more distinct Icelandic smell of animal. Horse, in fact.
But something is quite wrong. My super substitute yarn wasn't so super after all. The gauge won't work whatever I do. This swatch is knitted with 12 mm needles. That is some big needles. The gauge is supposed to be 12 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm. The circulars I'm using aren't connected with a thread, it's a tube. It's brutal.
If the swatch measurements all works out tomorrow, I'm planning on curing my hangover with this Tartan jacket project on January 1st.
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