Monday, March 14, 2016

Well, blurgh

I got an itch last Friday to knit something. I took The Youngest to the zoo and grabbed a couple of balls of stash yarn and my copy of Knitting with Icelandic Wool as we ran out the door.
I purchased the purple for a sweater for The Eldest when she was 8 and so I figured I had enough for a sweater for The Youngest who is still (for another couple weeks , anyway) 3 years old. I chose a variegated yarn to knit the yoke, It's been thinking about making a sweater with multicolored yoke for a while and this seemed like a good time to try it out.
I chose this sweet sweater, and the knitting went really fast. By the end of the day I had most of the yoke finished.

So there I was cooking along and today I came to the realization that I must have lost a ball of the purple yarn during our move.
There's no way I am going to finish the second sleeve, let alone any neck or button bands.
I made a size bigger than she needs, since it's almost Spring here in the frozen North and a bulky cardi isn't going to get much use. So, now I have three options going forward.
1. Rip out the whole sweater and reknit it a little smaller and hope that I can eke out the button bands with what I gain in yardage.
2. Work the button bands and collar in the variegated yarn, of which I have plenty. I don't love this choice, there is so much color in the yoke I think it'd be overkill to make all of the borders so bright.
3. Look around for a matching color of the yarn (*update: which is Vintage Chunky [I think] I didn't keep a ball band because I'm a dope) and finish up what I started. This is the least likely to work, since I bought the yarn 4 years ago.
I guess the best thing is to go to bed and let this lie for the night.
What would you do?


  1. What's the yarn? Many of your knitting friends have a thing called a Stash...

  2. I'd check out Ravelry to see if anyone has your yarn and is willing to part with it. Many knitters will come to the rescue if asked :)

  3. Oh, Jess! That is so frustrating! And the sweater is perfect thus far. I agree with Simply Playing. I think you should look around for more yarn. One of my LYSs sells a wide range of Vintage, so let me know if you want to send me 2 or 3 inches and I'll see if I can find a match!

  4. See if you have anything in your stash that is a complimentary color, not the same as the other two but looks good with it?

  5. Option 4? Find a complimentary color for the bands. Is there a bit of grass green in the variegated? Or a lavender?

  6. I would check Rav first, then go with the contrast color for the bands. At least try it to see if you like it? Or maybe look in the most unlikely place for the missing ball?

  7. Oh no, this is my biggest fear - running out of yarn! I would go to Ravelry and see if somebody has the same yarn in the same colorway in the stash that they want to sell swap. And maybe add some colorwork on the sleeves to use more yarn of the contrasting color.