So there I was, knitting happily away on my new shawl, Summer Flies (Ravelry link) by Donna Griffin, without a care in the world. I had finished Section 5 already, the shawl was really flying off the needles and guess what? I looked down at my creation and thought, "It's looking kinda small." Uh-Oh.
Guess what jumped up and bit me on the behind again? GAUGE. Darnit.
Most of the time when I'm making a lace project, I don't do a gauge swatch and didn't do it this time either. But this time, I really screwed up by not making that swatch. Here's why:
1. I'm not using standard yarn for this project. I'm using recycled yarn from a Lands End, Men's XXL sweater that I unraveled a while back. Therefore, my gauge will probably (and is) way off. But it's pretty isn't it? A dark heathered green.
2. This is supposed to fit around my shoulders. It's a shawlette, pretty small one too. So it should have been treated more as a sweater. Yeah. Should.
Hindsight is 20/20 isn't it? I have to go unravel this yarn a second time now. I'm getting good at that.