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November 10, 2005

My personal devil

Sharfik is a-blockin’

I don’t know why, but I have a resolute inability to cut the yarn until the FO is ready to come off the blocking board.

And let me tell ya, it’s a good move :).

You see, sharfik was a perfectly-behaved 53” in length before blocking, and now… now he has grown to a monstrous 64” – my measuring tape doesn’t even go that far! As soon as the scarf is dry, I will frog 11” to get it back to dad’s desired length. Eleven inches! Just think of all the progress I could have made on another project instead of working those extra 7 repeats! Not to mention the fact that I didn’t need to order and wait for the fifth ball of yarn (and, uhm, pay a crazy amount for shipping a single ball).

Oh Karabella Aurora 8, I was going to say such nice things about you, but not anymore. Sigh.

But I’m not pissed, no sirreebob. You know why? The same crazy devil that prevents me from cutting off the ball of yarn until the very end slapped my wrist when I considered attaching fringe before blocking. Imagine wasting all that time attaching fringe to a scarf whose end would need to be frogged! Aaaahh! I feel like the Queen of the world!

(I know this is a short entry, I may post another very soon about one of my other projects :))

Posted by Kathy on November 10, 2005 06:31 PM


I had heard that about the Karabella Aurora yarns, (wow - 11 inches!?!), and since I'm also knitting my dad a scarf with that yarn (in navy), it's good to hear from you that it does expand so much, so I won't buy a 5th ball, either! Did you find that yours grew in width, too? I wouldn't mind that so much with mine, in fact, I'd welcome it, as mine seems a bit too narrow, currently. I look forward to seeing your finished product, post-blocking.

Surely your dad needs a matching hat?

Great call, must save that trick :).

Wow, that's some crazy growth. Good thing you thought to now cut the yarn. Whew!

What the??? I must admit, I skip blocking sometimes, so I'm not expert -- but 11 inches? That sounds crazy. Have you ever had that happen before?

Thank goodness you didn't add the fringe as it would have been such a waste.

I can't cut yarn either. I can't even weave in ends until I am totally and completely done. It's my own little superstition. If I cut the yarn, I have to rip it all out.

But! back to you. 11 inches? That bites.

Sounds like my Odyssey merino experience. From here on, I hank and wash all commercial yarns before swatching and before knitting.

Is that dry? or still wet?

Holy cow, imagine what that would do to a sweater. Iggh.

I'm definitely stealing that idea now. No more yarn cutting for me, no siree bob. oh wait, this isnt my blog....I think that whole 11" business blew my mind. Are you sure someone didn't just knit for you a bit?

That just happened to me. I'm working with Aurora 4 and I made a comment about how nice it is. Today as I blocked, it betrayed me. The top I'm making went for a medium to a x-large. Much frogging will follow.

Hmm...64" seems like such a nice length...

Your 'personal devil' sounds like a guardian angel! That & personal experience - I'm sure that your dad will appreciate your exacting standards.

I have some Aurora 8 here at my house and I see it says do not tumble dry. But, I've heard that, despite the label, this yarn totally can be tossed in the dryer. Maybe that would make the difference in the 11". It's worth a test swatch, especially if your dad isn't the blocking type.

Oh dear. What do you think makes a yarn grow? I noticed that Aurora 8 has a lot of twist, yet not *tight* twist, so it is still lofty. I wonder if all the twist spirals down? Your dad almost ended up with a monochromatic Dr. Who scarf.

That picture is halarious! I guess it was worth it though. Damn growing.

wow! it really grows big! i think that you'll still like the aurora 8 though even when it's all said and done. such a soft and lofty yarn. yum.

Did you swatch and wash the swatch?

I'm wondering if such streaching is predictable, or if the length of the scarf is somehow causing the length to grow. In which case, I'm then wondering if you need to support the wet scarf as it comes out of the bath so it won't streach. And then I'm wondering if the scarf will grow around your dad's neck. I mean, he could get rained on, or it may be humid, or it could get damp with snow flurries.

Hmm. I knit a sweater out of Aurora 8 a few years ago, and didn't have any noticeable growth after blocking. I wonder if they've changed something in the spinning or dying or fiber...

heehee.. I like that ball of yarn sitting outside of the wash tub:-) Crazy about the 11" of scarf growth, but now you can just wind it right back onto the skein!

Nice work. I'll have to remember that little trick.

Can't wait to see it! That was damn fast!

You are a crazy fast knitter. And smart too!

aaahh yes, the amazing growing Aurora 8. I could have told you about that. After washing my swatch for my Aurora 8 Grace, I KNEW that the thing would grow to a monstrous size when wet. But I also knew that it would pull back in a bit after drying (as long as you didn't pin it out to the huge dimensions). Perhaps before you frog you should re-wet it, spread it out without pinning, and see what size it wants to be?

I can't wait to see the final product. I'm sure it will be perfect.

So smart of you to do that though! Saved you a lot of hassle in the end. And good to know about Aurora 8 for future reference!

Wow! Good idea!

Oh, I forgot to comment before, but I am knitting Jaywalkers. I have only knit one so far and am coming along rather slowly, but when I am done, will send you a picture to use if you would like. =) It's being worked up in a different colorway of the suggested yarn.

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