Sunday, 15 March 2015

Insufficient Yarn!

I'm a very economical knitter, always have yarn over and so when looking at this sweater for my Mum, where we had 10 x 110m balls instead of 10 x 116m balls, thought that this would do given I was going to shorten the body by around 6cm and the sleeves by around 5cm.

After starting the back and getting onto my third ball I became concerned that the yarn estimate was inaccurate.  There are a lot of yarn overs in the pattern which always take more that a straight knit.  So I stopped there and knitted the sleeves to see what was left.  After doing the maths I worked out I had enough yarn for a sweater for a dwarf, or a sweater with a back and one-third of a front!  I do think the yardage is wrong for this pattern - Ghyll in The Knitter 78.

So I frogged it, the yarn is now awaiting Mum's decision on something else.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Recycled Cardi

 This cardi was knitted out of Noro (Silk Garden, I think) which I recycled from a top I no longer wear.  When you unravel a project, the books tell you to wash the yarn but I didn't bother, just balled it up and re-knitted it straight away.
Noro's a good quality yarn that will stand this kind of treatment, and the cardigan looks great, no kinks other than the ones inherent in the  irregular noro yarn.  And so warm....