I chose the pattern because of its low yardage requirement – and I had enough of this beautiful yarn in my stash. It was supposed to be quick and there was no risk that I would run out – in fact it wasn’t that I had enough, I had more than enough.
But then things started happening. The pattern, as written, knitted up extremely quickly. I read a few comments on how the design was actually a cropped length, rather than a full-sized cardigan.
And then I started thinking. About how it would be nicer if the baby got a proper cardigan that would keep her warm, rather than just a cute accessory. About how the yarn I’d have left over wouldn’t be enough for anything, and about how that’s a pity, because it’s really gorgeous.
And so I decided to lengthen everything, and use every last bit of the yarn. I used measurements from another pattern to estimate how much longer to make the body and sleeves for a 6-month size. I knit the body as long as that pattern said. And I intended to use whatever was left of the yarn to knit whatever length sleeves I could eek out of it.
That’s where my kitchen scale came into play. She is one of the most valued and heavily used objects in my kitchen. I am happy to say she was just as helpful for my knitting.
I weighed the remaining yarn. There was 14 grams. I attached one end of it to the ball winder, while keeping the rest on the scale. I wound until the scale showed 7 grams. I cut the yarn and then reweighed each tiny ball – happily they were indeed 7 grams each. And now I can proceed to knit the sleeves, knowing they will both be the same length, and that I will have used every last bit of the yarn.
Sometimes, just sometimes, it’s good to be obsessive about our knitting. :)