When I post about knitting these days, it's usually to share nice, finished, well-behaved projects in lovely, staged photo shoots.
Not THIS day!
But . . . which one????
After perusing Ravelry (for far too long), I decided that I was in the mood for a pullover. And, ultimately, I decided on this one.
But . . . in which yarn???? (Because I have plenty of options to choose from.)
After an extensive stash-dive, I decided to try some of this lovely stuff. It's been kind of burning-a-hole in my stash . . . after I picked it up last year for a song -- at a "discontinued close-out" at my local yarn shop.
I knew, from the start, that I was treading in deep, dark water.
First, I'm not a fan of top-down sweaters -- and especially not when they're pullovers. (Wonky necklines and such.)
Second, I only have 900 yards of the yarn -- with little-to-no chance of getting more. (Because discontinued.) (And I tend to be one of those knitters that always has to break into that one, last skein --- even if just for 3 feet . . . just to bind off.)
But I decided . . . I'll risk it! (After all . . . this year is all about The Journey!)
So I got started. And I was right. The neckline was wonky. (Although that might be salvaged with the finishing.) And I was hemorrhaging yarn from the git-go! (All that texture.) After using three of my nine skeins, I was only this far along . . .
I got Serious. I did the maths. (I was definitely going to be cutting it short on yardage.) I tried it on. (Maybe I wouldn't like the fit.)
But I did.
I decided to go ahead and knit the neck ribbing -- and start weighing every couple of rows or so.
I made careful notes. I did some more maths. I weighed again. I knit half a sleeve.
It became ever-more-clear . . . that I had entered the Dark Side.
I was over my head!
I was definitely not going to have enough yarn.
I didn't want to go through the hassle of begging Other Knitters to sell me some.
Enough was enough.
I called it quits.
Sometimes knitting just doesn't . . . add up!
And it's best to quit before you drown.
(But I did learn that I want to knit this particular sweater again. I just want to use yarn that I have PLENTY of from the start!)