We have a Cromarty sleeve! Wow, that was fun. I finished it on Saturday night; I didn't cast off, but rather put the stitches on a holder -- I have a feeling that it may be a tad long and a few rows will need to be ripped when it comes time to put it together. I used just a teeny bit over two balls of Calmer for one sleeve, so I think I will need a ball or two more for the whole sweater -- it would make me feel better to have it, anyway! I cast on last night -- twice -- 184 stitches for the front/back. That's a lot of stitches on the needle and, yes, easily miscounted. The second time, I cast on based on the number of stitches needed for each chart repeat and put a marker between. I knit 3 or 4 rows before removing the markers altogether and had 6 rows completed by the time I put it down for the night.
I also knit a "swatch" for St. Brigid over the weekend, using the Norwegian Superwash wool that I received from Elann last week. I've never used a superwash before, and I'm still unsure. It has a funny feel and a sheen that I'm not crazy about. I knit most of a swatch as suggested in the book, then cast on a few more stitches and knit a repeat of chart C. The superwash is a very dark green, and I wanted to see how the stitch pattern would show up. Then I washed the swatch and set it out to dry. It's a little better after washing, but I'm thinking I'll probably use something else for St. Brigid. That is such a gorgeous sweater, and I'm so looking forward to knitting and wearing it; it's going to be made with something I love!
I went to a farmer's market on Saturday and had a blast. The weather over the weekend was perfect for such activities. We had fresh corn and artichokes on Saturday night! Our season isn't long enough for artichokes, but these were locally grown in a greenhouse. They were teeny (M scoffed at their size and wondered "why bother?"), but YUM. The corn was delicious, too. I also bought a pound of beans, a quart of Michigan blueberries, and some tomatoes. There's a picture of my bounty in the camera, along with a snap of the above-mentioned swatch, but I didn't have time to get 'em ready for the blog.