Wednesday, 2 January 2008

the one where I ran out of wool

It was all going so well, the MM picked the colours, I picked the pattern. Changed my mind, re-wrote it. Mum said, I'll knit it if you want, I said ok. Mum started, got sidetracked by a new aran cardi in a fab raspberry colour and I ended up knitting it anyway.

Mum had done the back and part of the first sleeve so I picked up where she left off. Knocked off the sleeves quick smart and zoomed through the two fronts. The ball was starting to look a bit on the small side so I started to knit both at the same time from either end of the ball. I love knitting kids cardi's in DK. They grow so quickly, you can easily knock one out in a week.

Anyhow, I digress. The ball got smaller and smaller then to my horror, about an inch from the tops, ran out! The ball band was of course missing by now but I drove down to my LYS in the vain hope that they'd still have the same shade. Which, of course, they didn't. Nevermind, it's blue thinks I, I'll pick up a close match and stripe in in or something. Of course when I got home and took another look at it, the shade was so completely off that I put it down and haven't looked at it since.

Well, until yesterday. I have a school jumper to knit up so I thought I should probably take a look at this before casting on (yet) another project. I am trying to reduce the number of WIP's again. So I dragged it out from under all the Christmas debris. "You know", I thought to myself, "those fronts look rather big....." and that's where i got out the tape measure again. At some point between doing the sleeves and starting the fronts my tension changed. Overnight literally. Whether it was the speed I was knitting at or the other projects I was doing at the same time, who knows. It's not out by much probably about half stitch per inch but the two fronts together measure a good 2 inches more than the back. 2 inches!!

So there's good new and bads news. I will obviously have to frog both fronts (grrr) but I may now have enough of the original yarn left to complete the cardigan. Yay!

Anyhow, I cast on for the school jumper instead. Fickle, me? lol

2 comments:

Kai said...

great news on finding out you might have enough yarn! shame about having to rip out the fronts though... :)

Soo said...

Wow - freaky tension stuff!! I'm glad the wool issue appears to be solved anyway.