23 January 2015

Well, crap. - guest blogger Lesley

The good news is that I'm really, really close to finishing Girasole.  I've sucked it up and cranked out the knitted on edging as though I don't know what the word "boredom" means.

Now for the "Oh, crap" part.

I was working along yesterday afternoon, hoping to have Girasole ready for the blocking mats today, when I realized - I don't have very much yarn left at all.  In fact, I may not have enough to finish!  I got down to 22 edge stitches when the yarn ran out.  So close!!!

I'm currently waiting for Scarlet (Huckleberry Knits) and the wonderful folks at Northwest Handspun to give me a call to let me know if there's any more Merino/Yak/Silk in Browncoat in the area that I can get for love or money (preferably money).  If the answer is no, I'll need to deconstruct Girasole and re-knit her on slightly smaller needles.

I can't say that it would break my heart to have to do this.  The Girasole pattern has gone very quickly and has been fun to knit.  The yarn is lovely as well, and it certainly wouldn't qualify as torture to knit with it again.  So maybe I'm not so close to finishing, after all.

Lesson of the day:  If your pattern calls for 1200 yards, and the skein says 400 yards - you had better have more than 3 in your stash!!

To console myself while waiting for the phone to ring, I've cast on for Ludlow and worked the first 20 rows of moss stitch.  It's quite a relaxing knit so far - just back and forth, knit and purl.

Size 7 needles are giving me a fabric density that I like with the Felted Tweed, so I'll stick with that size.  The gauge is about 4.5 per inch unstretched.  It should easily give me the finished measurement without too severe a blocking.

I hope you're all enjoying this fantastic rainy Friday - perfect for knitting, hot tea, and audiobooks!


  1. oh,no!!! brainstorming here...rather than rip the whole gorgeous thing out, couldn't you do the edging in a different shade...a tone on tone look or complimentary color???

    good luck on getting more but put some thought into making lemonade out of those lemons :)

  2. You have the best attitude -- ever, Lesley. I figure one stitch at a time and try not to look at the BIG picture. My fav quote, "You can eat an elephant one bite at a time". Good luck getting the call and better yet -- the yarn.

  3. Lesley what are we going to do with you? You just gotta find a way to keep this gorgeous shawl. Don't do anything rash till you talk with us or knit group, or someone...

    Ludlow is going to be a walk in the park.

  4. Yikes, Lesley! I love the attitude - a great knit is a great knit and begs to be done again. I hope the yarn comes in so you can get cookin' of Ludlow. It's a lot of fun. Happy weekend and happy knitting.

  5. I hope they can get the yarn!!! That would be frustrating.