Along with a swatch another import part of the knitting process is to learn to read a ball band – or collectively before starting a large project check you have enough yarn
Don’t read the band, as I did, and then think you had double the amount of yarn
In my defence the band is a bit confusing – it states 100grams is 575m – and above with the colour it says 50grams – so a sensible person would go – oh right I only have 575 divided by 2 for each ball(287.5m). The not so sensible person, read me, would blithely go hurrah heaps of yarn no fret and knit on. Cue the fail quiz sound……
I had when starting this knit 3 balls of the silver grey – and from that have managed the body and all of the bands with about 10 grams left – about 57.5m not enough for 2 sleeves or one. Dear reader I did realise this in a panic about Monday last week – so did all that a knitter could and in 2 days sourced some yarn in Australia and came up with a plan B & C (if required). Fingers crossed the yarn arrives by at least Tuesday this week, otherwise the alternate plans will be executed. Dear reader can you guess on my two alternate plans are? Rosered suggested one last weekend as the clock is also running out with 12 days to handover.
In less despairing news I did survive the whole steeking caper – actually really liked the crochet as per Kate Davies and Eunny
to make the crochet reinforcing – 2.25mm crochet hook
take the hook through 1/2 of 2 stitched either side of the middle of the steek
make a double crochet
et voila – continue for quite a while… I spent about 4 hours on the crochet of the steaks
then cut the exposed bar between the two lines of crochet – after a big deep breath that is
I sewing in all of the ends before crocheting the steek – really I did not afterwards really I did……
this is the neck steek which was my leap of faith and experiment to see if the whole steeking caper would work or not
The bands are finished and I am sitting waiting patiently for the yarn to turn up…….
Now to decide what to knit next – as I should start swatching and reading ball bands me thinks……
I am a bit addicted the this colour knitting and feel like launching into another similar project but what?