Monday, January 23, 2006

Whew!

I finished the sleeves for Rogue in a knitting frenzy over the weekend. I was very paranoid about running out of yarn despite PumpkinMama's assurance that I wouldn't. Thankfully, she was right! But it was close:

'I'm bigger than the yarn!' says Scout

In this photo you see: the front/back/hood of Rogue blocking, what's left of my yarn, and Scout (for scale). According to my pre-yarn order calculations, I should have had 170 "extra" yards of yarn to play with. That's why I didn't bother to order and extra skein of yarn. However, that little ball of yarn is only 0.75 oz--less than 40 yards! Not much left and I still have to use some of that yarn for the seams.

The truly scary part is that I did a couple modifications that significantly reduced the amount of yarn that I needed. Had I knit the pattern exactly as written I would have definitely run out of yarn. Instead of reading about my relief, you would be reading about my panicked phone call to Chester Farms in which I begged for another skein from the same dye lot as the order that I placed in mid-December.

I'm pretty surprised that I cut it so close with the yarn. Usually, I never have problems using more than the required amount of yarn for a project. I doubt the yardage estimates on Rogue are off because so many people have knit the sweater. However, I won't try to speculate what happened this time because everything worked out in the end!

5 comments:

Pumpkinmama said...

PHEW! I've been thinking of you, and waiting to hear if you made it. So glad that you did, its going to be a beauty.

Jennifer said...

I'm glad you had enough. How horrible it would have been otherwise.

I thought you said Scout was for sale. Hee hee. ;)

Rachel said...

What? Scout's for sale? I'll make an offer -- he's so photogenic.

Sorry to hear about the yarn stress. Look on the bright side, the adrenaline rush you get as you're finishing a second sleeve, moment to moment wondering if you're going to run out of yarn, is good for your circulation. Or something.

Sounds like we're mere hours away from seeing a finished, modeled Rogue! I can't wait!

Jacqui said...

The rogue looks really good. I especially like the colour. And Scout looks very faithful guarding your project like that. ;)

Susann said...

Wow, can't wait to see it finished.
I think Scout clearly communicates: She's mine! The woman who makes this wonderfull stuff is MINE! ;)