Last night I watched the end of Next Action Hero and swatched Sam. Despite myself I've tuned in the last month of Tuesdays and of course had to see this reality show to it's conclusion. And, it didn't suck. I was pleased with who was selected. I also think I liked it because I'm a movie buff and it was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. No, not the scheming and cat fights and interpersonal stuff of the contestants, but the scene setups, the casting meetings, the wardrobe work, and the back shaving (a few weeks back they showed how the men were prepared for a bathing suit scene. It was interesting that they didn't focus on the women and bikini waxes--oh that's right Hollywood are genetically developed not to have pubic hair). But maybe I'm just justifying my desire to sit on my can at the end of the day and watch junk. Without cable (I refuse to pay for TV) I only have seven channels of junk to choose from--eight if the weather is right.
Back to Sam. Usually I knit Mission Falls 1824 Cotton with small needles--3.5mm--seems I can't tension cotton well. I tried with 4mm, then 4.5mm (that's the top swatch) and though I liked the fabric, I didn't have gauge. So up to the 5mm and we're in business (that's the bottom swatch--it's a sleeve). I finished the sleeve this morning, but the camera batteries were dead so no picture. I still find the fabric a bit loose, but a trip through the washer and dryer should shrink it up a bit. And, no I didn't wash my swatch/sleeve first. I've used this yarn a lot and know how it behaves--it'll be fine.
And, I still love knitting for babies--46 rows and you have a sleeve. The cable pattern is easily memorized and after I made my very first bobble ever, I had that figured out too. I need to get going on this one, the baby will be born on August 12 (a medically necessary c-section makes for a firm due date!)