Friday Gauge Check: …and then I ran out of yarn.

Friday means it’s time for our Friday rituals, the ceremonies of escorting one week out and preparing the next one. Which, around here, is the Gauge Check, where I take a look at my week and figure out where I’ve come from and where I’m going. Sometimes there are goals, sometimes I just talk about what’s going on in my life and my crafting. You are all welcome to join in in the comments.

Because that’s been the story of my week, guys.  Knitting on the Gretel tam… ran out of yarn.  In a discontinued colorway no one seems to have any more of.  Knitting on the second Conwy sock… ran out of yarn.  Knit four and a fraction dishcloths… ran out of yarn.

The only real tragedy, though, is the Gretel tam.  Discontinued colorway, nothing in my stash matches, no one on Ravelry’s willing to sell any of it.  In fact, I had one person tell me that she was just about to knit a pair of birthday socks for her son (her son? out of purple yarn?), so sorry.  Jack has promised me that we’ll go hunting for a suitably coordinating yarn this weekend; wish me luck.

Running out of yarn on the Conwy sock wasn’t really a surprise, exactly.  I was watching the ball get smaller halfway down the first leg, which is why I opted to do the afterthought heel and toe.  Jack rooted through my stash and found a second ball of Felici in the colorway Matador, which is a red-orange, for the heel and toe, and knitting down the first foot, I thought that I would have to do one sock in Veggie with a Matador heel and toe, and the other sock in Matador with a Veggie heel and toe.  At this point, the socks got redubbed the Approaching Autumn socks, because what else are you going to call a green sock with a red-orange heel and toe?  When I finished the first sock, though, I had a surprising amount of yarn left; enough, I thought, to do the leg.

Guess who has two thumbs and was wrong?

Yeah, this girl.  So what I ended up with was about 3/4 of the leg in Veggie, and the rest of it in Matador.  Autumn’s coming a little bit faster on the right foot, I guess.  Fortunately, Jack loved it.  We’ll call it a design feature and move on.

The reason I was able to knit the entire second sock in two days was because I started work on Tuesday, and, despite what the paperwork said when I was hired, I’m able to knit in class.  The trick to knitting in class is that you have to show the instructor that you’re paying attention – participate actively in the discussion, do well on the quizzes, and so on.  Having done that, I proceeded to knit the leg the first day, the foot the second day, and then I came home that night and finished the afterthought heel.

Which left me without a good class knitting project – the February Baby Blanket is too big, and the other small projects I had on the needles were too complicated.  Thursday morning, I grabbed a partial ball of Sugar & Cream and a set of size 8 needles, and knit a couple of dishcloths.  At the beginning of the day, I started with three stitches, increased to about 25, decreased back again, and bound off right before lunch.  I cleverly forgot to slip the first stitches, so it curls a lot, but it’s not too bad for an off-the cuff dishcloth, at least.  After lunch I cast on 30 stitches or so and produced one in garter stitch, basically knitting until I was nearly out of yarn and then binding off.  Friday morning I grabbed some of the leftover CotLin from the Squeaky Clean Kitchen set, and tried to create one with color work, mostly slip-stitch but some meager attempts at Fair Isle near the end.  Lesson for the day: my first attempts at Fair Isle should probably not be without a pattern or a book or anything.

At lunch, I went onto Ravelry and looked up dishcloth patterns, picking the Double Bump dishcloth entirely on a whim.  It proved to be a quite engaging four-row repeat that was easy to memorize and easier to do, and I turned out an entire cloth and the beginnings of a second before I ran out of yarn had to go home for the day.  (I also am about to run out of yarn, but I knew that was going to happen, and I have more yarn in that brand, if not necessarily in that color.  It’s a dishcloth; it doesn’t have to match.)  If you’re looking for housewarming/new baby/Christmas knits, this is a great one.

Work would probably be a lot more boring if I wasn’t allowed to knit for most of it, but I enjoyed it greatly.  A few of my co-workers were inspired by my knitting in the break room, and now we’re discussing a possible lunchtime Stitch & Bitch.  My life, ladies and gentlemen: I apparently inspire knitting in others.

There are far worse things than being the girl who knits, though.

My goals for the weekend include finding some easy class projects, whether I download some more dishcloth patterns, or a simple hat pattern, or maybe some vanilla socks.  Maybe all of the above!  What I really ought to do, though, is pick up a set of the square Kollage needles in size 9, because 8 hours of knitting with a size-8 needle is really taking its toll on my hands, and I should be nicer to them.  I need them!  You know, for knitting.

That’s really been most of my week, though – work, and knitting, and knitting while I work.  Hopefully next week will be more interesting and I will be less tired.  We did go to Happy Knits over the weekend (recommended!) and I picked up a copy of Ysolda Teague’s Little Red in the City, which (despite the misleading title) is about the theories of sweater knitting.  Bonus: if you buy the paper version, it comes with a code you can redeem to download the PDF version too.  I’ll probably do a more in-depth review of it later, when I’m done reading it, but it comes with a preliminary recommendat ion if you’re looking to knit sweaters.

How about you guys?  Do anything more interesting than me?  I sincerely hope so, please share in the comments.  Also, if you have any good dishcloth patterns, let me know.


~ by Amber on October 15, 2011.

One Response to “Friday Gauge Check: …and then I ran out of yarn.”

  1. So been there. I was 13 rows away from finishing my Aunt Clapotis when i ran out of yarn, The store had to contact the indy dyer so that she could dye me another skein for a handful of stitches. Sigh.

    As for dishcloths – I love “Grandma Favourite dishcloth” and the “Petal cloth.” Both free on Ravelry.

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