Spring Break, Part 1

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What takes the edge off of hosting a week-long family visit? Knitting cashmere in the round, that’s what.

I purchased Bonnie Marie Burn’s ChicKami pattern seven (!) years ago to make a gift for a friend and stashed it away once the project was finished….until 800 yards of Tanis Fiber Arts’  luscious amber label motivated me to dig it up. The color is Purple Purl, and reminds me of hydrangeas:

 

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Photo: Farmer’s Almanac

 

I made a size 40 chest, shaped waist version, with wide straps. My gauge swatch was spot-on stitch-wise, and a little tight row-wise. So….how did my FO wind up looking like this?

 

 

Apparently my week off was at least relaxing enough to loosen my knitting.

A quick google search yielded some shrinkage tips from Jerrod at Oxford Cloth Button Down, who advises that “you have to be okay with losing the sweater.” Well, I’m not okay with losing the sweater, but magical thinking has taken over and I’m inordinately hopeful that nothing bad will happen because, well, just because.

I’m going full bore and machine-washing the sweater in a pillow case in very hot water, hoping for sufficient shrinkage sans felting. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, any sweater shrinkage stories to tell?

 

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