WIP Wednesday: every last bit

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. :)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

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