In my excitement to begin my long awaited post holiday Aran I neglected to find a gauge swatch I knit with my Black Water Abbey yarn last summer. “I think I knit that on a size 7.” I cast on with with an 8 to have a loose cast on edge.( Mistake number 1) I was so focused on making sure my stitch count and pattern was progressing along properly that I forgot to switch needles. The stitches were loose, ” This yarn will bloom a bit with washing, I’m fine.” Alas last night I had a dreadful feeling, “This seems way too large.” I threaded cotton yarn through the stitches laid the beginnings of the sweater on top of a nicely fitting Aran sweater I happened to be wearing. Four inches people. Four inches too wide. Boo. Today I have re-knit a swatch which I am going to properly wash and dry, thankyou very much, and I have a husband ready to help me rip out my knitting! Oh, yes, I knew better, but I still knit on anyway. Silly Jennie.