May 23, 2005
Hello. What’s this?
The lighting in my lab is so much better than the lighting in my apartment.
If you said, “Why, it’s the sleeve to the Adrienne Vittadini sweater!” you’re WRONG! This is PAIN and BLOOD and TEARS and CURSING (so much) and HOURS of doing Pilates and YEARS of going to the chiropractor and an ARTIFICIAL ELBOW along with REPETITIVE STRESS INJURIES down the line.
Was that dramatic enough for you?
Seriously, knitting this was hell, and I have another one to do. But wait, before I cast on, there’s more DRAMA. Remember how I wondered whether I’d have enough yarn for a second sleeve? The Maths spoke to me and told me that since I needed 2 and 3/4 skeins for the first sleeve, the second would need just as much, plus I’d need a little extra for seaming and a neckband. That Maths, she’s so smart.
I have two whole skeins and a few partial skeins, so there was only one way to really address the situation. Behold the lab balance:
The first sleeve weighs 135.2 grams.
This is all the yarn I have left:
Boo-hoo-hoo, 116.7 grams. Definitely not enough for a second sleeve and a neckband. Now I need to order another skein or two from KnitPicks and hope that the dye lots look similar enough. I don’t really have hopes for actually matching the dye lots because I bought this yarn back in February.
But wait! Check out what I saw when I weighed the full “50 gram” skeins individually:
Shock and awe! SHOCK AND AWE! KnitPicks has been shortchanging me! It is the Grumperina way to call and complain, so I did. Guess who’s getting 2 more hollyberry skeins to compensate for this? (they will also check whether they have any more of the same dye lot) Mhhmmmm.
I’m weighing all my yarn from now on.
Next: I take you into my world of insanity as I illustrate how the pattern matches at the raglan seam, because really I don’t have anything better to do than to weigh my wool and do the Maths. Stay tuned!