finishing and starting

In the midst of caring for a chicken poxy child (the younger) I knit up a pair of birthday gifts for my friend's Tucker and Jennifer who share a birthday which also happens to have been my grandfather's birthday. He would have 101 this year! Anyway, I knit up mitts for Tucker (Rav link) and bike ear warmers for Jennifer (Rav link). I'm thinking of kntiting a pair of those for myself. They look like they'd be good at keeping the cold breezes out.

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In honor of finishing two things and in spite of my Hempstream pullover still not being done I started a Pucker (Rav link). The pattern is written for a worsted weight yarn (5 sts to the inch) and I don't have any sweater quantities of worsted weight yarn that would work so I'm using DK weight yarn (5.5 sts to the inch).  I picked a larger size than I would knit for myself normally based on the change in measurements from using a thinner yarn. The size I picked calls for 1100 yards of the recommended yarn and I have 1370 of my thinner yarn. I'm feeling anxious that it's not enough. This half a ball of stockinette has resulted in about an inch of sweater.

We won't even talk about how much time that inch of sweater took either. After four inches I get to start decrasing, but not all that much. We'll see how far I get before I decide this isn't such a great plan.

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2 thoughts on “finishing and starting

  1. margotinto June 13, 2009 / 4:02 am

    Hey, I also wanted to make a Pucker. I loved the pattern when I saw it, and I bought the pattern book. But the LYS I was in didn't have the specific yarn suggested, so I bought something else. But it is a different texture and colour, and I realized what I liked about the Pucker was really the yarn/detail combo that makes the fabric almost look like seaweed (Nora G. really is a genius, and I promise not to mess with her again). Anyway, an inch of stockinette in, and I haven't picked it up again. How that I'm 4.5 months pregnant, and the top won't fit this year anyway, the yarn will go to something else. But I wish I had just ordered the suggested yarn to begin with. I hope you get farther than I did!!

  2. abigailvr June 13, 2009 / 9:41 am

    I think the yarn I have isn't going to be enough and I'm wishing it had more shine. I'm thinking of going to the yarn store and seeing if I can find something with more shine to use, like maybe a bamboo blend. I am starting to wonder if I should just suck it up and order the Seduce. It's a pricey yarn, though.

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