Sarahs Knitting Sweaters: Yarn chicken

Now, here’s the newest installment of Sarahs Knitting Sweaters, straight from Sarah B in Portland!

I have been working diligently on my sweater, between bouts of prodigious organizing (see previous posts on my blog referencing the Great Purge of ’16). For once I’m knitting “monogamously,” only focusing on this one project for now. I delighted in the stockinette decreases after my ribbing fiasco, and was plowing through the increase section when I started getting worried.

This pattern, while lovely and generally very clear, does not list anything about the actual amount of yarn needed. It gives gauge, weight, and suggested yarns, but says nothing of how many yards or grams one might need. When I bought the yarn I guessed that I would have just enough, and I have never actually used up an entire Yarnia cone before.

As I was nearing the last third of the increase sections, I looked at my yarn cone, and I looked at the pattern, again and again, and it seemed inevitable that I would run out. I had hardly anything left on the cone, and a good 10 rows of stockinette increases plus the sweetheart short rows still to knit. I am not the kind to play yarn chicken and hope for the best. I require confidence and consistency. I am 15 minutes early to everything, just in case I might be late. I once showed up late for a class in college and was in tears, distraught that I had not honored the time commitments I had made at the beginning of the semester. I do not run out of yarn lightly, and I wasn’t about to take a chance.

Some park knitting, with just a few yards left on the cone.
Some park knitting, with just a few yards left on the cone.

Since Yarnia is a custom store, I had hoped they might be able to wind me just a bit more of the Chubasco blend I had chosen for this sweater. Unfortunately, they were out of the wool strand, and nothing similar matched the color, so I had to buy a whole new 400-ish yard cone of the copper sport weight. I got a good discount since it was one of only two cones left, but I was disappointed to buy a whole cone for just a few yards.

Those light spots are the cone peeking through!
Those light spots are the cone peeking through!

First half of the sweetheart done, and still some left.
First half of the sweetheart done, and still some left.

I took my knitting on the road while visiting family, and did the first half of the sweetheart neck…and I didn’t run out of yarn. It was close, but I still had some on the cone. I waited to return to Portland to finish the second half…and I didn’t run out of yarn, even after purling across the full row. I’m done with the body of the sweater and have this much yarn left on my original cone!

I’m not sure if I can return or exchange the second cone I bought, but if I can’t I will pass it on to another knitter who will appreciate a serious quantity of a seriously gorgeous yarn. On to the pink lace!


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