Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Always Have a Plan B


Last night as I approached the end of the second ball of Rowan Tapestry, I figured I'd better estimate how much it would take for binding off. I counted all the stitches and found I had exactly 300. I guess my brain likes nice round numbers even when I'm not paying attention. I measured my gauge and got around 9 st:2 inches. So, that worked out to somewhere under 6 feet for the length. I figured I needed around 6 yards per row and maybe a bit more for bind off. Using my old sewing guess-timator, of one outstretched arm to my nose, I figured I had about 14 yards left. Perfect. One more row and enough to bind off. Best laid plans and all that...


As I got to the last 100 stitches to bind off, I realized I was eating up my tail much faster than I was binding off the stitches. But still I soldiered on. I do have a Plan B. I was wearing my favorite grey sweater. It's made from a worsted weight grey single yarn, slightly rougher hand than the Tapestry, but still, I think it'll work. I have to dig the extra from the stash and splice a couple yards on and see what I think.

Plan C is to go back to the yarn store and buy one more ball, frog back the bind off, make the whole thing wider, and have enough left over for a little fringe.

5 comments:

Bezzie said...

For a split second I thought you might start frogging your sweater and knitting your scarf simultaneously!!!!

It looks good, I like that lateral look.

Laura said...

what Bezzie said. Really.

Marie Grace said...

I agree...I had a really funny picture of knitter's despiration in my head......you knitting off your sweater while you're wearing it just like in the cartoons...

And btw... as far as reading your last post,I just can't imagine you being that mean.

Margot said...

I really like how the colors repeat lengthwise. Gooc choice. FWIW, I'm a fan of Plan C. : )

Margot said...

Er, sorry, that was gooD choice.

Cats on chests not ogood for accurate typing.