So, what's this? This is a swatch for a sweater I am going to knit for him. After blocking, the gauge for the 3mm stocking stitch is 8 sts per inch and the 2.5mm 8.5 sts. Since I like the texture of the 2.5mm piece better ... and there is no gauge higher than 7 sts in Ann Budd's book anyway, I chose to use 2.5mm needle and again do some math. Husband likes the 2x2 rib, so that would be for the cuffs.
Yes, I am going to knit a sweater of 48" chest circumference with a yarn which yields 8.5 sts per inch ... in the colour deep green and plain stocking stitch. In fact, I have already cast on for one body piece ... 204 sts! I can actually knit it in the round ... but I think that would push the level of boredom to an unreachable height for me, so I chose to knit in pieces. I've got quite some length done already:
Do you notice the yarn label? This is a Russian manufactured yarn which I discovered from Lucia's blog (The Knitting Fiend). I am always kind of adventurous and not shy from trying out new stuff. As you can see from their site, the prices are not really too expensive. So, I ordered three different balls of yarns to try. This Deluxe Wool was the first one I swatched since this is a colour Husband likes. I really like it. The yarn is soft to touch in the ball and the knitted fabric gets very soft after wet blocking. Though I only swatched in stocking stitch, I feel that it would give good stitch definitions to cable patterns too. And it gives you a no-nonsense feeling about it ... nothing fancy, but practical and of good value. The most important thing is that the prospective wearer also thinks it is good and soft. If you are interested in their yarns, you should keep an eye on Lucia's blog since they sent her all the shop's samples and she would be swatching and writing about them. Hopefully, she would be able to help them with more gauge info.
Besides the yarns, I also ordered this Russian knitting magazine. It is just too bad that I can't read Russian as there are quite a few patterns that I like (being a sucker for cables and such!):
I even find the kid's patterns cute! You can click on the image to have a larger view. Russian magazines use lots of charts too. So, I think it may not be that difficult to figure out how to knit with the help of the photos. And of course, here is a little help with Russian knitting terms.