I am dead keen to get onto Amy's tunic hoodie, but I've decided to finish what I start before I move on. So I'm working hard on this and I'm over the half way mark - yay!
I've always been a bit dismissive of garter stitch, I'm a stocking stitch girl through and through. I love the neat little rows of uniform, even v's and in comparison garter stitch has always seemed a bit loose, a bit easy, a bit wonky, a bit the wrong side. I'm not nearly as uptight as I sound.
But knitting this has given me a new appreciation for the unique qualities of garter and the skill that goes into making it look good. It creates a much springier and stretchier fabric, an altogether different kind of thing to the sturdier stocking. And perfect for this project.
And it has only been through making more mistakes than I have ever made in a knitted garment that I have realised that my brain's default knitting mode is most definitely to alternate plain and purl. I thought just ddoing the one stitch over and over would be a snap, but I was very wrong.
And the colour is really growing on me. At first I was a bit iffy - Amy is such a primary red kind of girl, but I really like this wool (Jet). At 70% wool, 30% alpaca it's soft and warm and doesn't seem to pull threads quite as easily as some yarns. But the colour range is muted and nothing really grabbed me. I was on the verge of skipping the whole thing, but it was discounted by 25% and in the end I just compromised on the colour. Now I love that it looks just like watermelon, that it is soft and warm and strong.