I need something new I tell myself... it's the end of October and hand knits are definitely on the cards. Of course there’s nothing in my stash (a blatant lie), but my budget is tight. A Ravelry search it is then! It takes me a while… I’m not sure what I want to knit this time. Then I notice I’m wearing my tank top from the Gap and I know I love this thing. I know I could bear another two or three in varying colours in my wardrobe. It’s so versatile and comforting. Now at this point you’d be forgiven to think that I had made up my mind… it’s a simple knit I could reconstruct quiet easily… but no, I’ve already ignored this and kept on trawling Ravelry for the ‘perfect‘ knit.
After some time I come across Grace by Grace Melville for Rowan. It’s not far off the mark, but different enough to fool myself that I’m knitting something totally different! I save the pattern page and locate the stash… what do I have in sweater quantities? Well, I have one batch I half knitted into another sweater that was dropped when I realised the suggested needle allowed the yarn to stretch too much… I could frog it back (I have to anyway). Oh, but it’s progressive stripes of colour don’t wow me tonight and so I find myself staring at it for far too long wishing it was something else. It apparent to me that this will not work… no use trying to make it fit in my mind’s eye, instead I must visit the yarn shop.
Now at this point I have already told myself that budget is tight… Christmas is coming and I don’t have cash to spare on more yarn. But what if it’s budget yarn? Wouldn’t that be ok? Maybe I’ll just take a quick peek in the yarn shop… maybe they won’t have anything anyway?
Now the pattern calls for gorgeous baby Alpaca and quiet frankly who am I to argue… baby Alpaca is to die for, but so is the price at this moment in time. Naturally I’m still not expecting the yarn shop (who specialises in budget acrylics) to have anything to substitute. I’m going in purely to rule out the ‘out of budget’ sweater. Dash and darn it when I come out with budget friendly £2.40 a ball King Cole Big Value in double Knit! It’s not a perfect substitute, but it will have similar elasticity. I know its acrylic… how dare I taint my own stash with the stuff, but it feels great… not a bit like plastic bags!
Its fate I tell myself and I cast on.
It’s about 7 inches when I realise my gauge is so far off I’m knitting two sizes up… why, or why did I ignore the gauge swatch ritual?! I frog.
I cast on a second time and decide to knit a smaller size in the round… who needs side seams anyway? On these smaller length circulars my row twists and I’m soon knitting a Mobius sweater… I frog again.
This time I’m almost tantrum like in disgust with myself… although I blame everything else. The sweater is consigned to the stash and I work on my Portia Cowl instead.
Months go by and it’s early Jan… what can I knit in front of the TV that will keep my fingers busy while I wind down in the evenings after show prep. Ah, I remember the Grace sweater! Out it comes and I cast on again. This time working in the round I cast on for eth smallest size and stop at two points to measure and remeasure for sizing. It’s looking ok. I know, I know, still no swatch!
It’s Jan 15th and nothing major to report… all is well with the Grace sweater. I have made minor changes, but I like it. In a few rows time I will measure again to make sure I’m still on track.
What are you working on?