I finished up my Waltham swatch last night. I know I'm early, but knitting the swatch now gives me a break from the Early Bird and chance to cheerlead while you make yours, too.
The swatch is a fairly straightforward venture. The designer, Kathy Zimmerman, suggests making a large swatch, so I followed directions and casted on 50 stitches. I then knitted the following pattern:
K1, P3, K1 K1, P3, K1 P4, K2, P4, K1, P3, K1 K1, P3, K1 P4, K2, P4, K1, P3, K1 K1, P3, K1
Knowing that I usually knit more loosely than I should, I moved down a needle size and made my swatch using Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light with size 6 needles. Perfect. I easily got both stitch and row gauge in the first shot.
I always like wrapping completed swatches around my wrist to see what the sleeve might look like. Looks promising - whether my sleepy pets think so or not!
Tonight I go back to my Early Bird and high tail it so I can finish it before the KAL begins in mid-March. I'm more than halfway done on the second sleeve. When that's finished, I'm going to plan out where the cables go on the back and then I'll knock that out. Ha! What a lie. This sweater is a bit slow going - I ain't knocking anything out! But I do plow on, happy to be working on such a pretty cardigan.