Friday, January 8, 2016

Recycle and Re-use

There are many times that we come into the Center on a Tuesday morning to find that someone has brought in a relative's stash.  Early sometime last year it was boxes and bags of yarn, there were also several half knitted items that would have been impossible to finish, and these were also divided/sold amongst those who were interested.

I happened to see a large worsted weight project that was in a heathered burgundy colorway that I thought I might use.  I brought it home and frogged the whole project, skeined it up and washed it, then I put it away until I was ready to use it.  I finished the poncho that I posted about last week and I immediately began to think about the next long term project I wanted to take on, and also to think about what kind of yarn I had on hand.  That is when I remembered this lovely yarn.

The yarn is actually not quite as bright as it shows in this picture.  I weighed the yarn, and compared what I found on the yarn labels that were on the unused skeins.  Turns out there are approximately 10 skeins and a whopping 2700 yards of worsted weight yarn.

I don't usually knit with this weight yarn so I had no idea what kind of pattern I would be able to knit with this amount of yarn.
 I knew that I wanted something textured and comfy, and using the Ravelry pattern search,  I was pleased to find that I could knit Veronik Avery's "Landfall" quite easily with this much yarn!   This is a paid for pattern on Ravelry.  (I tried to link it, but my efforts were in vain!)  "Landfall" is a sweater coat with lots of texture.

I did a good sized swatch and I washed it and let it dry.   Happily I got gauge with the recommended size of knitting needle.

It has been a long time since I have done a pattern with so much texture and at such a scale as this.  This is definitely a long term project!
To help me get back into the textured knitting groove, I decided that I would knit the sleeves first.  Boy, am I glad I did!  I had several false starts, with twisting the twisted stitches incorrectly, leaving out a cable twist etc.  But as I persevered, I felt like I was getting it.  Only to find that I had blown passed the start of the sleeve increases!  Rip it!

Finally,  last night, 3 pattern repeats in, I was loving how the texture was shaping up.  I decided I had better make sure I was remembering to do the stitch increases on the end of the row as well as the beginning.

After a quick count, I found that one side of that center cable work had 2 stitches more than the other side did, but at the same time I had the correct number of stitches on the needle!  I then checked my stitch count just above the ribbing and, you guessed it, I had not centered the center panel correctly.  It was off by just that couple of stitches.  Rip it!

I started over again, but I find that, I am already comfortable with reading the pattern charts,  now that I have done them several times over, and it is once again moving along nicely.  I can't wait until I get back to where I was last night!

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Tina


LA said...

You needed a new project to curl up on the couch with!!!! The weather report looks iffy....knitting will be just the ticket!

Maggie said...

That's going to be beautiful!