Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me Now!

Well, except for the 80 million hours of work I have – but no matter! My yarn is here!

Isn’t it unbelievably gorgeous?! It’s Beaverslide in the Catbird colorway. And I think I may have finally gotten gauge!

It only took three tries. The top swatch is Huckleberry Heather on size 7s. I got 19 stitches to 4 inches. The second swatch is Thimbleberry on size 8s and I got 18 stitches to 4 inches. Yesterday, after I was done working for the day, I immediately wound up a skein of my new yarn and didn’t go to sleep until I finished the swatch. Catbird on size 9s – and while the swatch is still drying, I’m pretty sure I’m going to get 17 stitches to 4 inches on size 9s. In moss stitch. One funny thing about this project and this yarn – when I used Beaverslide for my Central Park Hoodie the swatch was in stockinette and it bloomed with washing considerably. This time – no bloom at all. I think it has nothing to do with the yarn and everything to do with swatching in moss stitch. There’s no room to bloom what with all the purls and knits snug up against each other. No biggie! Imagine how fast this sweater is going to go on 9s!

I love the color, I love the yarn, I love the pattern. I’m all about the love baby! I have no idea if I’ll be able to cast on this weekend. I’m so busy I can’t think straight. And I still have to measure my ginormous boobs to decide which size to make. But it’s all good! If I can sneak some time, I’ll try to cast on today. At least once the project is cast on – all I have to do is pick it up and knit. YAY!

Have a great weekend! I’ll try to have something to show you next week!


  1. Love it! I just got my Briar Rose Fibers yarn that we special ordered at Rhinebeck, and I can’t put it down. I love yarn obsession.

  2. that blue is absolutely beautiful!

  3. must. get. me. some. beaverslide. that looks sooo luxurious. 🙂

  4. Hopefully you didn’t buy it all…I must have that colorway!

  5. Ooooh, it’s beautiful. Love the color!!
    I hear you about being swamped. TGIF (even though I’ll be busy on the weekend, too)!

  6. Beautiful! I’m being plagued by gauge myself at the moment.

  7. Beautiful color. I hope you find a bit of time to start.
    Have a great weekend.

  8. it IS a gorgeous color 🙂

  9. That blue is fall-in-and-never-get-out blue! Absolutely a beautiful marriage of pattern and yarn. Blue skies!

  10. dang. that is gorgeous. I so want to make one too. Someday soon I hope.

  11. That yarn = beautiful. Color = gorgeous. I even really really like the moss stitch, which is not normally a favorite. Go, girl!

  12. Love, love, love the seed stitch! Have a great weekend too!

  13. Cara, I’m re-emerging from the darkness of lurkdom today. I really like this yarn. In fact, your post is helpful. I am considering making Oblique in Beaverslide, too (though I’m not sure), and I was thinking Huckleberry Heather. But now that I see your three-swatch picture, man, that Catbird is much, much, prettier. Would it be wrong to have two identical Obliques as long as they live in different parts of the country?
    I’m not even sure I delurked to congratulate you on the pregnancy. I am really super excited for you — your own excitement is contagious and makes my day happier each time you express it. Cheesy, I know, but true.

  14. You’ll try to have something to show us next week, huh? I’m not sure why you think you need to do anything other than continue to ply us with lovely shots of that gorgeous, gorgeous yarn. 🙂

  15. Isn’t it great to feel enthusiasm and to feel physically well enough to express it? Have a glorious weekend.

  16. It is so refreshing to see someone swatch before starting a project. Thank you.
    The blue is gorgeous.

  17. You and Catbird did it! Your moss stitch closeup pushed me over the edge. I’ve been sneaking back to Knitty to look at Oblique ever since it debuted, and now I’ve just printed out the pattern. Had to have it and can’t wait to see your unstoppable progress. You are going to be gorgeous in it, both with and without your baby bump!

  18. I don’t remember the full sweater design here, but if you’re talking about ginormous breasts while still pregnant, remember they’re going to head into super-ginormous land before this is all over. Don’t rule out short row bust shaping if at all possible. For my nursing body, I make a size 38-40 fit an H cup and still fit my narrow shoulders. You don’t want anything larger than it has to be when it comes to post-partum “fashion!”

  19. Cara,
    that yarn is gorgeous. Enjoy every minute knitting with it!
    I remember once I got some yarn from Blackberry Ridge, made me feel that way too.
    All the Best!

  20. You do know gauge is a cruel thing. It whispers sweet nothings into your ear till you believe it and then sometime down the knitting road it begins to lie to you.

  21. You do know gauge is a cruel thing. It whispers sweet nothings into your ear till you believe it and then sometime down the knitting road it begins to lie to you.
    I found out the hard why 6 skeins into an Einstein Coat.

  22. It’s going to be beautiful! I swatched on 8s, 9s and 10s and still don’t have gauge. My fingers are crossed for the 10.5s. Anyway, glad to know that I’m not crazy!

  23. Love love love that color! I can’t want to see it as you work on it.

  24. That yarn is so pretty, happy knitting.

  25. I love that shade of blue! And the stitch definition is so crisp. I’ve got to try some of that yarn.

  26. Ummmm….that is a yarn I have always wanted to try and that colorway is just beautiful!

  27. What a lovely color! How do you predict what size to make for post-baby? Or does it matter?