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The Rest of 2015

Posted by Andi on January 24, 2016

My last post from a few weeks ago showed the last of my finished objects in 2015. I had a few days left in the year, but didn’t want to cast on anything new because I wanted any new projects to count towards my Winter Camp score, and for that I couldn’t cast on before 7:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.

I decided to go back to my long term work in progress – the Beekeeper’s Quilt. A while back, maybe two years ago, a friend sent me a bunch of fingering weight leftovers. I put them all in a project bag, and tried to make two of each with the time I had left in 2015. I didn’t get through all of them, but I made 24 new hexipuffs.

24 new hexipuffs

For Winter Camp (which I will discuss more in my next post) we can get one point for each hexipuff we do. As such, there was a thread in the Ravelry group where participants posted where they were on their Beekeeper’s Quilts or other sock yarn blankets prior to the official cast on time. For the first time in a long time I counted my hexipuffs and examined my progress.

Beekeeper's Quilt Progress

The bottom part of the picture shows the quilt in progress. There are 86 hexipuffs that are already sewn together. The top part of the picture shows two piles of hexipuffs. I start sewing on from the pile on the left, which has 24 hexipuffs. The pile on the left contains duplicates of puffs already in the blanket or in the pile on the right, and there are 79 hexipuffs in that pile. The total number of hexipuffs I have is 189. I will need to see how big the blanket is once all 189 are sewn together, but I’m guessing I’m close to half done with it.

I was counting my yards in and yards out in 2015, hoping to be around 100% – using or destashing about as much as I acquire. It was a spectacular failure, mostly because I bought several sweater’s quantities of yarn, but didn’t knit them up. I either knit or destashed 12,537.5 yards, but I acquired 16,944 yards. I hope to do much better this year. I can say that so far I have finished a hat (which I will show in my next post) and so far, have not bought any yarn.

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Catching Up, Part 2 – The Last FOs of 2015

Posted by Andi on January 3, 2016

So here we are. The projects that rounded out the year.

First, I apologize for the poor quality of this first picture. I forgot to take a photo before I gave these as a gift, and only had a quick moment to grab a photo after giving it. You can see what the stitch pattern better by looking at photos on the Ravelry pattern page.

Harvest Dew
Pattern: Harvest Dew by Yvette Noel
Yarn: Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stealer in Thus With a Kiss I Die, .66 skein (287.1 yards)
Needle: US 1
Date started: November 26, 2015
Date completed: December 9, 2015

I made these socks for my mother as part of her birthday present. I’ve used this same yarn for socks for myself, and really like the base. It was my first pair of socks with cashmere content, and if anyone deserves socks with cashmere it’s my mom. When I went to the Leading Men Fiber Arts website to figure out which colorway to buy, I started with looking at yarns with pink in them. My mom likes pink. At the same time I happened to glance down on the floor, where I spotted the Amazon box with the books I ordered for my mom as another part of her birthday present. I noticed that one book had a white cover, the other had a violet color. I looked up and saw this colorway – the colors of each book plus pink. Perfect!! It was meant to be!! This yarn was a delight to knit with, and I really enjoyed the pattern as well. It’s great for variegated yarn, so I recommend it if you have a highly variegated yarn but don’t want to knit a plain vanilla sock.

Striped Boomerang
Pattern – Inspired by Dramaticknits’ Foliage Boomerang
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in 8891 Cyan (1.28 skeins, 349.4 yards) and 9570 Concord Grape (.6 skein, 163.8 yards)
Needle: US 6
Date started: October 15, 2015
Date completed: December 22, 2015

This was part of Tim’s Christmas present. I worried this would’t be finished by Christmas. I bought the yarn a while back. Tim picked it out. He saw these two colors in the yarn shop. They were right next to each other and thought they looked nice together. At the time I suggested I could make him a boomerang scarf, since I had made him one before and he liked it. He agreed it would be nice, but suggested that it be more blue than purple so I bought two skeins of Cyan and one of Concord Grape.

I wanted to surprise him with it for Christmas, which meant I couldn’t knit it at home. At least most of the time. I worked on it at knit group. I worked on it on the train once or twice. One of my friends at knit group took pity on me and invited me to her house to work on it one night. I told Tim that knit group was having an extra meeting before Christmas so we could all have extra time to work on Christmas presents. That wasn’t really a lie, since I was with someone from knit group and we were both working on Christmas presents. Finally, to get more time in, I started waking up early and would work on it for some time while Tim was sleeping. Eventually I got it finished, and he seems to like it. He wore it out today for the first time when we walked to the hardware store. He said it was nice and warm.

Striped Boomerang

See… he likes it!!

Nuvem
Pattern: Nuvem by Martina Behm
Yarn: SuhRim Trading Co. Ltd. Muse in 29 – 2.83 skeins (1,709.3 yards)
Needle: US 4
Date started: May 21, 2015
Date completed: December 26, 2015

The shawl that never ends finally ended. I shouldn’t say that. It took this long because I would set it down for weeks at a time without working on it. The rounds eventually got so long that I didn’t like working on it outside the house. It was huge and difficult to maneuver sometimes because I was knitting it on two long circular needles. It’s not a method I particularly like, but it was necessary because eventually the rounds were so big.

It got to the point where this and Tim’s boomerang were the only projects I had on the needles. I was working on this at home, and Tim’s boomerang outside the home as described above. Once Tim’s boomerang was done, I decided to finish this shawl as my last FO of 2015. I worried I couldn’t get it done in time, but I finished it the day after Christmas.

And that’s it. Pretty much. I didn’t want to cast on anything new in the last few days of 2015 because I am participating in Winter Camp 2016, where we couldn’t cast on until 7:00 PM on New Year’s Eve, and I wanted anything new to count toward the camp. More about that in an upcoming post. So I spent the rest of the year knitting hexipuffs. The next post will be about that progress.

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Catching Up, Part 1 – The First FOs

Posted by Andi on December 28, 2015

I haven’t posted in a long time. Part of it is that life has been in the way. The other part is that some of what I was knitting was gifts, either for Christmas or for other things, so I wasn’t able to post them.

So here we go.

Regina
Pattern: Regina by Carina Spencer
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted in Damson (.19 skein, 41.6 yards) and Granite (.51 skein, 111.5 yards)
Needles: US 7
Date started: October 18, 2015
Date completed: November 7, 2016

This is a hat that I made for the Puck This! Fall Swap. This is the first swap I was part of that didn’t involving sending skeins of yarn. Instead we made cool weather accessories for our swap partner, as well as a goodie. Interestingly, I’m wearing the nail polish I received from my swap partner as I type this!!

I Love You More Than Pumpkin Spice Socks
Pattern: I Love You More Than Pumpkin Spice Socks by C.C. Almon
Yarn: Rainbow Heirloom Sock in Orange Peel (.6 skein) and Pumpkin Spice (.6 skein) 278.4 yards
Needles: US 1
Date started: November 4, 2015
Date completed: November 25, 2015

This pattern and yarn came as part of a kit, and I made these socks for myself. My goal was to have them done in time to wear them for Thanksgiving, and I finished them just in time. I love the stitch pattern. It’s a pumpkin cable and the lacy bits look like vines. I love the yarn. It loves a lovely sheen, and the colors are gorgeous. The back is different.

I Love You More Than Pumpkin Spice Socks

Aren’t they cute? I also love how they match but don’t match. I love the idea of having two different colored socks.

Maize
Pattern: Maize by tin can knits
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease, .49 skeins (96.5 yards)
Needles: US 6
Date started: December 10, 2015
Date completed: December 12, 2015

This was the first Christmas present I finished (though not the first one I started). These were for Tim’s dad. I thought fingerless mitts are always useful. I have to admit, I got the idea of making fingerless mitts on Thanksgiving weekend when we all went to the movies and it was freezing in the theater. They just come in handy. I figure they come in handy so much, in fact, that I also made a pair for Tim’s mom.

Rathcooney Fingerless Mittens
Pattern: Rathcooney Fingerless Mittens by Carol Feller
Yarn:Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gray Heather, .49 skeins (96.5 yards)
Needles: US 6
Date started: December 12, 2015
Date completed: December 13, 2015

I didn’t decide to make the mitt’s for Tim’s mom until I was making them for his dad. Again, they just come in handy. I’m wearing a pair myself today, and thinking of making another pair. Fingerless mitts for everyone!

That’s it for today. I have a few more finished objects to show, but one is currently blocking, another needs to block, and the third I need the photo which I don’t have handy right now. That post is forthcoming. I will also do another catch up post involving my new stash enhancement.

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Quick Sand

Posted by Andi on November 22, 2015

Quick Sand
Pattern: Quick Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Berroco Captiva in Silver, 8.12 skeins (795.8 yards)
Needles: US 9
Date started: September 18, 2015
Date completed: November 14, 2015

I finished this lightweight sweater just in time for winter. And it’s my own fault. I actually finished the knitting 13 days before I wove in the ends. We had an extended autumn this year, so that’s 13 days I could have worn this sweater. Instead I only wore it one day – the day after I finished it. It was kind of warmer that day. That was it.

This sweater is knit from the top down, and uses an increase I have never used or even heard of before. As I started increasing for the yoke I noticed that the increases created holes in the knitting. I didn’t like how it looked. I wondered if other knitters had the same issue, so I looked at the finished projects on Ravelry and discovered that the holes from the increases line up and are actually a design element of the garment. So I kept going, and now I love the increase holes.

Quick Sand

The pattern calls for aran weight yarn. I was surprised to see that the Captiva yarn is classified as aran weight on Ravelry given how thin it is. I love the drape on this garment, which was knit on size 9 needles. I think if I had used a smaller needle the fabric would gave been stiff. However, on a size 9, the knit stitches are open, if that makes sense.

Quick Sand

This isn’t a sweater that will keep me warm on a really cold day, but it will be perfect for spring and autumn, or slightly cooler summer nights.

I haven’t started another sweater yet. I have a few sweater’s quantities of yarns, and I’m not sure which one I want to do next. I have a few things I need to finish first before I can start another sweater.

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Dalkey Mitts and Cowl

Posted by Andi on November 6, 2015

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Pattern: Dalkey Mitts by Carol Feller
Yarn: Sophie’s Toes Merino Sock in Pumpkin Spice, .3 skein (105 yards)
Needle: US 3
Date started: October 3, 2015
Date completed: October 8, 2015

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Pattern: Dalkey Cowl by Carol Feller
Yarn: Sophie’s Toes Merino Sock in Pumpkin Spice, .54 skein (189 yards)
Needle: US 3
Date started: October 8, 2015
Date completed: October 26, 2015

I thought this yarn was cursed. I tried knitting several things with it over the years, but the projects never worked out. Earlier this fall, I decided to make one more attempt at a project with this yarn. I found these patterns in Carol Feller’s Contemporary Irish Knits book, which I love. When I realized I could get both a cowl and mitts out of one skein of yarn, I knew I had to try it with this yarn.

I really love the results. These pieces are perfect for autumn. The lace on the back of the hand and all over the cowl keep you from overheating when wearing it on slightly cooler days.

We’ve had unseasonably warm weather here lately, with highs in the low 70’s. The mornings are a tad bit cool, however. I don’t like wearing a jacket in the morning because it’s too warm to wear it on the way home. I wore the cowl and mitts the other morning for just a bit of added warmth, but unlike a jacket I can stick the accessories in my backpack on my way home from work. It was perfect and kept me from having a chill on a cool morning.

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Eowyn Socks

Posted by Andi on October 10, 2015

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Pattern: Eowyn Socks by Claire Ellen
Yarn: Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stealer in Spritely Endeavors, .7 skein (304.5 yards)
Needles: US 1
Date started: July 24, 2015
Date completed: October 3, 2015

These socks took me a long time, not because they were difficult, but because I lost my motivation. I don’t know why I lost my motivation. There was a point in about late-August and September when I was really motivated to knit, but not really motivated to knit on most of my WIPs. The reason I finished the Haruni shawl so quickly was because I was actually enjoying knitting it.

Once I got back into these socks I really enjoyed finishing them. The second sock was much easier to knit than the first sock because I understood the pattern more. The second sock was more intuitive than the first sock. Makes sense. Once I picked the second sock back up, I finished it pretty quickly.

Can I say how much I love this yarn? This is the first sock yarn I have used that has some cashmere in it. It was so soft and nice to knit with. I can’t wait to wear them, though I fear they will spoil me!!

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I’m still here!

Posted by Andi on October 2, 2015

Wow, it has been over a month since I posted! I didn’t realize it had been so long. I was extremely busy for two of those weeks. I figured I would post when that was over, but I guess I didn’t.

Despite my silence I have been knitting. I finished two gifts for a friend who just had a baby, which I can’t post about yet because I’m waiting for confirmation that she received them (which I got when writing this post, so a new post about those gifts will be coming). I knit a couple of hexipuffs because my project bag was getting too full of new yarns. But I do have one finished object I can show.

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Pattern: Haruni by Emily Ross
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl in Orange Sherbet, .81 skeins (443.1 yards – this was not a standard size skein)
Needles: US 3
Date started: August 10, 2015
Date completed: September 13, 2015

This was such a fun knit. Seriously. I really, really enjoyed knitting this. It seems intricate, but once I did a few repeats it was so easy. This would make a great second lace knitting project for a beginner knitter. The only reason why I say a second project is because it might be easier to start a shawl that it stockinette at the top with just a little lace at the bottom – then jump into this. I seriously love this.

I knit the same size the pattern is written for, because I feared I would run out of yarn. It turned out I had a lot left over, and I probably could have done another repeat. Right now it’s a shawlette, but I would love to have bigger one as well.

The photo doesn’t do the yarn justice. I was focusing more on getting as much of the shawl as possible in the picture instead of trying to get the color right. It’s a tonal yarn that has a bit of a beige/gold color. The yarn was delightful to knit with, and I highly recommend it.

Expect a few more posts to come up in the near future. I finally have some content! I have some baby gifts to post about, yarn acquisitions, hexipuffs, and more.

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I’m still knitting, but…

Posted by Andi on August 30, 2015

…I’m not finishing anything. With the exception of some time when I was too busy, I’ve really been in the mood to knit. The problem is that I wasn’t in the mood to knit any of my current WIPs.

I have a few projects I’ve been knitting on regularly. The project that has been on my needles the longest is Nuvem by Martina Behm. This is a pretty easy knit. It’s just stockinette stitch with some increasing. However, it keeps growing, and it now takes over 30 minutes to knit one round. I’m using two circular needles to knit it, and I feel like there are so many moving parts on the project (weird given how simple it is) to stop knitting in the middle of around, so I pretty much only start a row when I know I have at least a half hour to kill. My plan is to use all the yarn I have for it. I just attached the second of three skeins last night, so I’m one-third of the way through. I tried to use a Russian join, but that didn’t work too well. I think I did it right, I think the yarn wasn’t strong enough.

I had (yes had, past tense) been working on Bonny by Tin Can Knits. I was using a lovely silk lace weight yarn that I swear is cursed. This is the third project I’ve started with this yarn, and it’s the third project I gave up on. At first it was going well. I started it at the Blackhawks Convention since it was an easy project in the round. I added some ribbing because I feared the stockinette edge would roll up my body.

Blackhawks Convention knitting: Bonny by Tin Can Knits. Added k2p2 rib to the bottom to prevent rolling. #knitting #BHC2015

The yarn is gorgeous. It looks purple, and it is, but in the right light you can see it’s also gray.

So what was the problem? There were two. First, I didn’t get gauge, and was going to have to do a lot of math to figure out how to make it my size. That’s isn’t a big deal. If the second problem hadn’t occurred I would have done the math. Second, I snagged it. Because it is knit in a loose gauge, as I was pulling out the snag I couldn’t get those stitches to look even with the others around them, and I feared it wouldn’t block. Also, silk yarn is smooth and I thought wool yarn, even if it was snagged, would’t snag as much because it’s stickier. So I decided I would switch to some wool lacy weight yarn I have in my stash. I still haven’t frogged it, but that’s coming soon. I just didn’t want to look at it anymore.

Next is the Eowyn socks by Claire Ellen. I like these socks, but there are lots of charts and the pattern is huge. I didn’t want to print all that out, especially because I think the charts are small. I have only been working on this one at home, where I can sit next to my computer monitor and zoom in on the chart. I finished the first sock last week, and started the cable on the leg for sock two this week.

I could have kept it at that, but I didn’t feel any of those projects were good for airplane travel, either because of the large pattern or I didn’t have them on needles I wanted to risk taking through TSA. That meant it was time to cast on a new project. I chose Haruni with wooden needles and some yarn I got at a fiber festival a few years ago. It’s perfect for a travel project so I didn’t want to work on it at home – save it for the days I’m traveling. But that’s the only project I’m actually enthused about knitting, so I’ve been working on it more. Unfortunately the rows on this shawl are getting longer. Right now it takes about 10 minutes per row, but pretty soon I’m going to be done with the first chart and the second chart includes a lot of increases. Soon it’s going to take too long to finish a row to be good for traveling. I’m weird, if it isn’t basic stockinette I don’t like stopping in the middle of the row and put away my knitting. Perhaps I just need to get over that.

What I really need to do is pick one of these things and finish it so I can say I finished something.

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Working the System

Posted by Andi on August 1, 2015

I started sewing my hexipuffs together a while back because I was experiencing arm pain that was exacerbated by knitting, but not by sewing. I guess the movements were just different enough that sewing didn’t increase the pain. I’m nowhere done knitting as many hexipuffs as I need to finish my blanket, but since sewing didn’t hurt I figured it was a way to stay crafty while I wasn’t knitting.

Prior to that point I hadn’t thought much about how I was going to sew them together. I knew I wanted the hexipuff placement to seem random — not have too many solids next to each other, or too many variegated hexipuffs next to each other, or too many in the same color family next to each other. Other than that, though, I hadn’t thought much about it. But when I started sewing it together I realized I had to come up with something because I tend to knit two hexipuffs out of each leftover fingering weight skein or mini skein I have. I didn’t want the same hexipuff to be too close together.

It was time to create a system.

Hexipuff system

The first thing I did was to separate my hexipuffs into two piles — one that had the first of two and any single hexipuffs, and a second that were duplicates of the hexipuffs in the first pile. I put the first pile into the blue bag and the second pile into the beige bag. When I choose a new hexipuff to add from the blanket, it always comes out of the blue bag. I will not touch any hexipuffs in the beige bag until the blue bag is empty. That way, no duplicate hexipuffs will be near each other.

The skull project bag contains my leftover bits of fingering weight yarn, and bits of leftover fingering weight yarns others have given me. I try to get two hexipuffs out of each leftover. One goes in the blue bag, and one goes in the beige bag. If I still have more of that yarn left over it goes into another bag (not in the picture) where my fingering weight scraps that have been used are stored.

You can see six hexipuffs in the picture. Those are the most recent hexipuffs I made. I had to make them. The skull bag was getting too full. I had two fingering weight projects on the needles at the time, so I knew more leftovers would be going in soon, and I was already having a hard time zipping it. I went through all the leftovers in there, and found that I already had knit one hexipuff out of each of those six yarns, so I would only have to knit more more to remove them from the bag. After I took the picture, I put those six hexipuffs into the beige bag.

I have to be honest. I have so many leftovers from other people that they don’t fit in the skull bag. I have to start working on those, as well as what’s in the skull bag from projects I made.

The last bag is the blue and white bag, which I keep the polyfill in.

So there you go. It may seem cumbersome, but it helps me keep track of all of the moving parts of this project.

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Doppler

Posted by Andi on July 13, 2015

Doppler
Pattern: Doppler: Men’s by Marnie McLean
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Chestnut (8 skeins, 880 yards) and Hollyberry (1 skein, 110 yards)
Needles: US 7
Date started: March 1, 2015
Date completed: July 5, 2015

Let me tell you about this sweater.

I received the Chestnut yarn from a friend in my knit group about two or three years ago. She gave me this yarn and the yarn I used to make my Whirlwind cardigan. I had 880 yards of the Chestnut yarn, which wasn’t quite enough to make a sweater for myself, at least not one with long sleeves. I showed the yarn to Tim to see if he liked it, since a sweater for him would take less yardage than a sweater for me. He did like it, so we started looking for patterns.

Eventually Tim settled on Doppler, which comes in two versions: crew neck and turtle neck. Tim liked the turtle neck. I looked at the yardage requirements printed on the pattern, and was surprised it was so low, especially since the yardage for the women’s version was much higher. I wasn’t the only one who thought that was weird – someone had left a comment on Ravelry asking about that. The designer said the women’s version was knit out of a different weight of yarn, and that’s why the yardage requirements were so different. It gave me some pause, but I figured I had more than 200 yards more than the pattern called for, of course I had enough yarn! I cast on.

I knit the entire body and got through the sleeve cap of the first sleeve when I realized I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish the sweater. As I was working on that sleeve the skein I was using at the time seemed very low, but I kept getting more and more done on the sleeve, so I thought I might win this game of yarn chicken. If not, I would need more yarn.

Just in case I started looking at Ravelry. There were a couple of people who had the Chestnut yarn in the same dye lot in their stashes. One looked like she wasn’t very active on Ravelry, so I worried that if I sent her a message she would never see it. I can’t remember why I didn’t think the other would work out. Maybe I didn’t think she had enough? Or there was a project attached to it? I don’t recall, but I remember thinking getting someone else’s stash yarn was a long shot.

I asked the members of the Puck This! group on Ravelry whether it would look good to knit the collar out of a different color of yarn than the rest of the sweater. A couple of people said yes, but that I should try to incorporate that color somewhere else such as the sleeves. I thought that made sense, so I brought it up to Tim. I pulled the other colors of Wool of the Andes I have, as well as some other worsted weight yarns. At first Tim didn’t seem too keen on them, but then he picked the Hollyberry as well as a blue worsted weight yarn, and he would decide when the time comes.

So I kept knitting with the Chestnut yarn. I finished the first sleeve, but it became clear during the second sleeve I was definitely not going to have enough yarn for the collar, but I also might not have enough to finish the second sleeve. My original plan was to rip back the first sleeve by about an inch to make the cuff out of the second color, and thought I could apply that yarn to the second sleeve and I would be okay.

Nope.

I ran out of yarn with maybe three or four inches to go in the second sleeve, two or three inches if you figure the bottom of the sleeve was going to be in the other color. Ugh.

Oh, I remember now the ultimate reason why I didn’t want to ask a Ravelry user for the yarn. I had no idea how much yarn I would need to finish the sleeve and the collar. I had already used more than 200 yards than the pattern had called for, so I had no idea how much yarn the collar was going to eat up. We made the decision to order more yarn from Knit Picks. Since I had no idea how much yarn I needed, I ordered three skeins. I knew I would need at least one, figured maybe two, but I really didn’t want to run out of yarn again. I was hoping the dye lots would match and we would have a one-color sweater.

The dye lots didn’t match up well enough. Oh well, I will be able to make a nice cowl for myself out of the yarn!

Back to the sweater. At first Tim picked the blue yarn, but I had a sense that it wasn’t what he wanted. I finally got him to admit that he only chose the blue because there was more of it, and that he liked the red better. I told him we would try the red and see how it goes. I had a little more than one skein of the red and hoped I would have enough.

I started by counting how many rows I needed to finish the second sleeve, then ripped back enough rows of the first sleeve to be able to make the brown portion of the sleeves the same length. I put both sleeves on waste yarn and knit the collar in Hollyberry first. That worked out. Then I knit the bottom of both sleeves. It took almost the full skein of yarn, but I was able to finish the sweater.

Tim likes the sweater. You may note he doesn’t look too happy in the photo. That’s because it was 85 degrees outside when I asked him to take the picture. He was a very good sport and didn’t complain once. I took the photo as quickly as I could so he could take the sweater off right away.

All in all I ended up using more than 300 yards more than the pattern called for. I looked at the comments on Ravelry and saw that someone else had the same issue (I did this while I was still knitting the sweater, before I ran out of yarn). The designer thought it could be due to the fact that the gauge swatch (which I did) was ribbed and supposed to be blocked with a little stretch, and I probably stretched it too much. Oops! I will have to keep that in mind if I make anything else where the gauge swatch is ribbed.

It ended up working out fine. I think the sweater is more interesting with another color, and it required me to be creative to come up with a solution. I really like how it turned out. I showed this picture to a few people who comment on how much they like the red in it, and I have to chuckle a little because it certainly wasn’t the plan!

So I used 990 yards of yarn for this pattern, but purchased 330 yards from Knit Picks in the hopes the yarn would match. I have now used up or destashed 6,747.4 yards of yarn, and acquired 8072.2 yards of yarn, which brings me to 83.6%. Not shabby anymore, at least until I bought two sweater quantities of yarn last week. More on that in an upcoming post.

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