Hello, friends! I am blogging from Cleveland, Ohio, where I am attending my first National Needlearts Association (TNNA) conference. Exciting!
My navigation system said the drive from Cobourg was only 5.75 hours without stops—not bad. And it was a good day for a drive, with sunshine and clear skies the whole way. Since I had the whole day, I used Ravelry's new Road Trip feature, which lists all yarn stores between a traveller's starting and ending points.
Who wants to do a gauge swatch when there's all that fun knitting to do? However, for certain projects, a gauge swatch really needs to be the first thing you cast on. If you're knitting a scarf or a shawl, the gauge doesn't matter a lot. But if you're knitting a garment intended to fit the person you're knitting it for, gauge matters.