Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Best Laid Plans

Ice cream is an important member of the dairy food groupThe day after the Yarn Focus Challenge came to an end I gave in to my yarn buying needs. I rolled out of bed on July 1st, went to the computer, and ordered a cone of Brown Sheep Cotton Fine with which I intended to make the Go With the Flow Tank from Inspired Cable Knits. Then, I sat back and started dreaming of its arrival.

While waiting, I was struck with a great idea for a blog entry about my lovely cone of yarn-to-be. I would compare my mountain of yarn with the mountain of ice cream that was in my freezer. I even had puns ready about ice cream cones and yarn cones. (By the way, I don't normally have that much ice cream around. There was a sale. Then, there was a coupon and the sale was still on. Then, another coupon and sale. Ben and Jerry's for $1.50 and $1.13 per pint is not something to pass up! I somehow managed to buy 12 pints of ice cream in a week and a half. Yes, I know that there are only 10 pints in the photos. You know where the other two went.)

I'm a giant, says ScoutMy yarn finally arrived on Friday. I had seen cones of laceweight yarn before and they looked mighty huge to me, so I imagined that a cone of fingering weight yarn (oh so much heavier than laceweight!) would be ENORMOUS. Hence, the planned comparison to the mountain of ice cream. I ripped open the package and . . . huh? . . . what's this? . . . is this enough yarn? It's puny! Even runty Scout towers over the cone!

Now, I normally don't panic about whether I have enough yarn for a project as I always buy extra. But just two days before I got my yarn, Valerie, who is also knitting the same tank top, started getting nervous about whether SHE had enough yarn. True, Valerie is using a different yarn and knitting a different size, but she had planted the seed in my head that perhaps the yardage in the book was underestimated. So upon seeing the cone I immediately jumped into panic mode. Luckily Ana was there to assure me that cones of Cotton Fine weren't that big but they did have 1,000 yards. (Later I realized that the size I planned to make required only 800 yards and that I had much more yarn than I needed, so all panic went away.)

I've started knitting the tank. The yarn is great. Knitting off a cone is great. But did you know that fingering weight yarn is thin? Perhaps I am insane after all.

19 comments:

Stariel said...

What tank are you knitting? The pink yarn cone is very cute, and looks about the same size as my cone for Hush Hush. :)

Stephanie said...

I had heard that fingering weight yarn was really thin - but I didn't believe it until you said so.

LOL! You're too funny.

Your cat looks like Godzilla getting ready to crush the puny yarn cone.

Karen said...

Insane. Definitely insane. But that's why I like you. :)

amylovie said...

Definitely insane.

Amy

Cordelia said...

Mmmmm.... B&J ice cream....
I wish they'd sell it for $1.50 around here.
Yarn cones! Yay yarn cones! (And yes, fingering is teeeeeensy).
(By the way, I may actually be getting to a mailbox soon. Don't hold your breath yet, though...)

CarrieScribe said...

I'm tickled to death by even the thought of yarn cone/ice cream cone comparisons.

But mostly I wanted to say that I love the photo of Scout and the yarn. It's had me grinning all morning long!

And insanity is underrated.

turtlegirl76 said...

Who can argue with cheap B&J ice cream? I'd just need a nice stash of Lactaid to go along with it. lol

helen said...

mm. half baked is one of my favorites. as is the new black&tan. mmmmmmmmmm

you buy all sorts of flavours! if it was me, i'd probably have bought 12 pints, in like, only 4 flavours, haha.

Rebekah said...

I think I would have freaked too. And there's no way you could pass up ice cream that cheap!

Debby said...

Your kitty is so adorable. I just love her. And I love the pink yarn, too, of course! But the fingering weight...let's just say I can't wait to get back to big needles again. I'm sure the ice cream will help you stay patient throughout!!

Oh, and thank you again for your comments on my blog. :)

Susann said...

The pink yarn is lovely, as is knitting from a cone. Yes, knitting with tiny needles is insane, but it is so worth the effort.

monkeemaven said...

Dude. If I'd have known you had a MOUNTAIN OF ICE CREAM, I'd have followed you home last night, crawled in a window, and raided the freezer.

Good thing I didn't read your blog yesterday eh?

Thanks again for the socks!

Jennifer said...

Ice cream.... Mmmmmm...

Lovely color for your tank, and lovely yarn!

Spinny Bunt said...

Hey, food porn! Always a good thing. The malabrigo cardy looks great.

Meredith said...

Yes, you are crazy! And is the ice cream sale still on? Yum!

Jes said...

Yeah, I'd be a little freaked out if that's the cone that arrived at my door, too!

And yes, just slightly insane for a cabled top in fingering weight, but it's a good kind of crazy =)

Rachel said...

Want to move in together and be lifelong roommates? I love your kitties and your ice cream priorities. We even like the same flavors!

That is an unbelievably darling picture of Scout. One of my favorites yet, I think.

K said...

Just visiting from Amazing Lace. I swooned at the mountain of Ben & Jerry's! LOL That pink yarn is delish too!

Lorette said...

I've drooled over that tank pattern, but have truly wondered at the insanity of knitting a whole sweater in fingering weight. But then, I guess we're an insane bunch in general. Very pretty pink, and you gotta love a whole cone of yarn!