Back to Betsey

I got my US11 40″ cable Addi Rockets yesterday so was able to go back to Betsey and start working on it again (remember?). I’ve gotten through a little more than one skein so far, and it’s working out much better. The actual gauge probably isn’t all that different but it has so much more vertical stretch now. I think the finished dimensions will be much, much better. Even on the needles, you can tell how much less rippling there is now.


Before, on US9s


After, on US11s

The second picture was taken a little farther along in the pattern than the first, but not by much. I think I made the right choice. Thanks to everyone for all the guidance!

In regards to my other WIP crisis (catch up here), I am 90% decided on what I’m going to do. I’m going to wait a little longer before going to 100% in order to give it more time to settle first.

In the meantime, I’m doing two or three rows at a time on my Feathery Lace Stole and then working on Betsey. I can’t stand to do much more than that as it’s such slow going. It really does look and feel nice, though. It’ll get done eventually, Mom! I have some other things in mind that I want to get going on soon. Here they are, in no specific order:

  1. Finish weaving in ends on Merinda.
  2. Start working on my six test knits due in March (they should all be fairly quick knits…three of them are hats).
  3. Start a pair of socks. I want to get going on the Thursday sock series again. I’m thinking I might start with a pair for my daughter. They’ll get done faster and it won’t bother me if they’re less than perfect. She’ll grow out of them pretty quickly anyway!
  4. Start my Miller’s Daughter.
  5. Make a poncho for the little.

I mailed my Valentine’s Day swap package a few days ago so I should be able to blog about it soon!

Here are some gratuitous toddler and kitty pics. Happy knitting!

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My stripey boys


“Look! We’re getting along!” Photo copyright Callandra S. Cook.



  1. elizabetcetera · February 1, 2016

    ā¤ your cat photos!

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  2. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · February 1, 2016

    The Betsey shawl does look much nicer. Once again, I will say that I adore the color of that yarn šŸ™‚ I’m in knitting limbo right now while I deal with some ulnar nerve issues. It literally hurts to knit šŸ˜¦ Super cute pics!!!!

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  3. Tamera L · February 1, 2016

    What poncho pattern(s) are you considering?

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  4. IamDWJ · February 1, 2016

    I don’t know how I missed you knitting a Betsey, I’ve made 3 of them (I think I only posted 1 on Ravelry) and each turned out different but still lovely. Good luck!

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    • alexand knits · February 1, 2016

      Oh, awesome! I will check out your project page. How were they different? Any recommendations? I’m currently on the second stripe so it might be too late for this one, but I might make the pattern again.


      • IamDWJ · February 1, 2016

        Each time I made it I learned more. I was horrible about posting on Ravelry in the beginning. The best was a last one I did with a yarn with more drape (Cascade Venezia Worsted) and that seemed to really make that pattern blossom.

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      • alexand knits · February 1, 2016

        That’s consistent with what I’ve found…the one I knit on US9s *looked* beautiful but just had no give to it. On US11s with the same yarn, it has give and drape and will be much more functional, I think.

        While I was scrolling through your projects, my daughter was sitting next to me, saying “I want that…I want that…and I want that…”! Your knitting is definitely toddler approved!


      • IamDWJ · February 1, 2016

        Hahahahahaha too cute! I love knitting for my friends children. And now you have me thinking of making a Betsey again and taking better notes. LOL

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