Desert Bus for Hope 6

Desert Bus 6 is right around the corner! I can’t believe it has already been a year since my last scarf brought in over $3,000 for Child’s Play Charity!

I am keeping the expectations low this year, just like last year. I have three items in this year’s Bus experience:

1) Mini Doctor Who Scarf – Give-Away Item

2) The Doctor Who Scarf-purse – Auction Item

3) Full-sized Season 15 Scarf – Auction Item

Please tune in starting November 16th at Desertbus.org. You may find something that will make a unique Christmas present (perhaps even a collectible item) for that nerdy friend, plus you will be contributing to a very worthy cause, Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play provides books and entertainment supplies for children’s hospitals around the world.

The team at LoadingReadyRun works extremely hard each year (for 6 years running) to put this event together. They work around the clock to take donations for suggestions for dares, requests for performances, do pledge give-away events and run auctions – all while playing a marathon run of the tedious and boring video game, Desert Bus! Last year there were live Skype phone-ins from people like Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Peter Sagal.

I’m a Desert Bus Crafter and I approve of this message!

Beginning With a Swatch

After yarn shopping, my friend decided on Stitch Nation’s Bamboo Ewe in a shade of gray.

The original sweater is most likely in something like Cascade 220 Super-wash, best we can tell. While 100% wool is springy when knit up, adding the bamboo causes the yarn to relax a little after it’s been washed.

To begin, I knit up two gauge swatches in the sweater’s pattern, on two sizes that I figured already were close to accurate (US 7 & 8). Then I washed them both in cold water & Woolite.

Here are the before and after pictures to show how both swatches relaxed almost an inch after washing.

Size 8 is on the left, size 7 on the right. They are really close to being the same size.

Size 8 on the left and 7 on the right again.

Either way, it looks like size 8 is the closest to the original sweater, which I had already guessed (always good to be certain before you start).