“Houston, we have a problem.”
I’ve been trying to finish sleeve #2 this weekend. I thought for sure I could have it done by this evening.
But then this…
Do you see the problem? Notice the taupe yarn. Yeah. That’s all that’s left. Except for the yarn I used to swatch with.
I guess you could say I’ve hit a speed bump.
Before I began this project, I made sure to purchase an EXTRA SKEIN of each color!!!! I had read a review on Ravelry saying that they needed more than the recommend amount. So I followed that suggestion knowing I needed to swatch anyways.
Having a little extra was just plain smart.
Good thing. Or I’d have run out with only half this sleeve complete instead of being very nearly finished with it.
I will be leaving notes on my Ravelry project about this for sure!!!
So the lesson of the day is: ALWAYS BUY MORE YARN THAN THE PATTERN RECOMMENDS.
(For larger projects like sweaters at least–you do NOT want to run out!)
On a side note: Did you see my new yarn bowl in the photo?!?! I bought it from my dear friend, Patty. (The same potter friend who gave me my first yarn bowl.) I just HAD to have this one too! The kitties are simply adorable, aren’t they?!
As mentioned above, I had my swatch. As every good knitter knows, you don’t start a sweater without knitting, washing, and blocking a swatch first. (Some knitters would say you should swatch for any project, but I don’t usually swatch for small ones.) For the Downton Pullover, my swatch was about 4.5″ by 7″ using the honeycomb pattern. Within my swatch I had tested three different needle sizes using the method I learned from reading this post on Ann Budd’s blog.
(And of course I didn’t think to take a picture of my swatch until I had it ripped out. It would have been nice to show you. Oh well. )
Anyways, I sat down and, with the help of my very sweet and kind husband (who has had to put up with a rather cranky wife this afternoon-evening), I got the swatch ripped out and wound into two little balls of yarn–one teal and one with the taupe yarn I desperately need in order to finish my sleeve!
I then tried a steam iron method to relax the kinks from the yarn, but it just wasn’t enough. In fact, I couldn’t see much difference at all.
So I got my yarn ready for the soak method.
I wound it into a small skein on my yarn swift and tied it in two places with scrap yarn.
Using some cool–but not cold–water in my bathroom sink, I soaked the yarn for about 15 minutes.
At the moment it is hung on a clothes hanger and is drip-drying in our shower.
I hope it’s dry by tomorrow.
I really want to get this sleeve done!!
My new rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy more yarn! (The hubby’s gonna love that one!)
Before you go, answer this: Have you ever ran out of materials mid-project? Tell me all about it in the comments. We shall commiserate!