Ah, updates from knitterly world. Suppose I'll go from most recent to the last decade, aka the last time I posted. Have been in a blog-posting-funk lately...not to mention VERY busy with Stitch markers for SP7.
Started IWK's Ballet Wrap last night with Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky/Chunky Merino. As it's moniker tells us, it's very chunky and goes very fast. By my best guess, I'm about half way finished with the back. And, just a few rows ago a wee dim bulb went off in my head, and I am halfway into my yarn allowance. I'll briefly relay the conversation my head and I had.
As I joined in the third ball of yarn...which struck me as odd since there's still 2 front flaps and 2 sleeves of the cardigan left to knit...the pattern only calls for 6 skeins.
Deede started doing the math. Yeah
"DiDi, you should really do the math on the yardage so you can tell Mel for sure how many skeins you'll need." "Self, yeah, no shit... duhhh I'm knitting right now. Must get out of boring St st." "But, like, we need to be responsible knitter... find out the yardage, calculate the costs, and pay back Mel." "FINE... if you'll shut the F up already!"
as I'd joined in the third ball of yarn...which struck me as odd since there's still 2 front flaps and 2 sleeves of the cardigan left to knit
Deede started doing the math. Yeah, sure... 50 m is about 150 feet or so. The designer calls for 6 skeins of 125 yards of some frou frou yarn that is uh, really expensive. I've got plenty here. I should be able to give Mel at leaast 4, maybe even 5 skeins back out of the 10 we are to be splitting. "Uhmm... Deede. 150 feet is only 50 yards. You need 750 YARDS OF YARN. That's 13.6 skeins of yarn. You only have 10, 4 or 5 of them are not yours, and you owe $20 for the 6 you planned to keep." Houston, we have a problem.
Basically, I have two options. Both kind of suck.
Option 1: rip progress made thus far on sweater, find other use for 5 skeins that I am to keep, pay Mel and be done with it. Cost: $19.50. Not so bad.
Option 2: carry on with sweater. pay mel the $39, and find 4 more skeins in same dye lot, same shade. This will prolly cost another $26. Total cost: $65 for a sweater that is not yet assembled.
For some knitters this wouldn't be an issue. For me, it is. See, my yarn budget got blown last weekend's trip to Wild Fibre. Before that, my yarn budget was blown by yarn for Picovoli. And before that there was... well uh, my yarn budget has been blown for about a year now. Since I started knitting.
I have several projects on the needles that I could keep myself busy with, and that are highly entertaining. One of the many, Picovoli. Grrr. I screwed up somewhere and have too many sts on the needles, which means I cannot start the waist decreases. I cannot figure out what I have done wrong, so I'm stuck until I can meet up with Brooke to help me fix it. Again. Poor Brooke...
Ah, and did I mention that I haven't spent $65 on a garment in 3 years? My last major clothing purchase was a ball gown. Nope, wait, it was a wedding dress. Nope, I didn't pay for that. Yeah, had to have been a ball gown. See... it's been so long that I can't *remember*. And I've bought winter coats that haven't even cost $65!
On the other hand... this is a garment that I will actually wear. I get very cold in the evening, or at any place that has A/C. Like, my house. My couches sit next to windows that apparently do nothing to keep air out or light in. They are, however, very good at giving free peep shows to my neighbors when I forget to prance around with clothes on vs. naked. Nexgamerz is also freezing damn cold because they must keep all the highly teknickel equimpent cool. It's so cold there, even with thick socks and sneakers my FEET get cold. I complain, they don't care. T also doesn't care that the house is freezing downstairs, but greenhouse tropical upstairs (where it just so happens we NEVER spend time). These were all my reasons for making ballet wrap.
And, so, now... I be screwed. I cannot afford to spend $65 on yarn when in 20.5 hours T will be unemployed. New job is highly likely, but until it's certain we are saving every penny that we can. $65 is a paid phone bill or one weeks groceries.
On the other-other hand (yes, I realize that I'd need to be an octupus to have this many 'hands'), this thing knits up so fast, and dare I say, easily that I know that I'll finish it. I'm nearly done with the back piece. At a gauge of 3.5sts to an inch, I could practically be finished by next week. I could even finish before the end of the Knitting Olympics (yeah, the one I didn't have time to join). The yarn feels so lovely, too. And I'm finally really using my Denise needles.
What a delimma! More updates in the next post, it seems I have written a novel!