Last week I started a new project. It is a project I am very excited about and am hoping will be quick-ish and a fun stylish sweater for early fall. As soon as I saw Glee on Rachel’s blog I knew I had to knit it. I bought the yarn for it at Estes Park Wool Market in advance of the pattern being available. The yarn is 100% alpaca from Larkspur Funny Farm in the orange color Yam. I thought the yarn color choice was a risk because it is a really bright orange but I knew if it worked it would really work. I love the color.
As soon as the pattern became available I bought it and then cast on within days. I had blissfully knit over half way through the top portion with the sleeves (it’s a top down raglan) when it dawned on me…
I don’t have enough yarn.
I am so dumb. What was I thinking? I knew when I bought the yarn that I would have to knit double to get the right gauge on the sweater. I knew this. So I bought 12-100 yard skeins: 1200 yards of yarn. Seemed like plenty to me. But after knitting double, really it is only 600 yards (about 200 shy of what I need.) I am so annoyed at myself. Why didn’t I figure this out correctly when I was buying the yarn? Why not before I spent hours knitting and loving the beginning of the sweater? Why?
Grrr. You would think the solution is easy right? Order more yarn. But now, the Larkspur Funny Farm website is down and my phone call and email to them has not been answered. I am beginning to suspect that they are out of business. Does anyone know for sure?
It is just so tragic…and stupid. Mostly, it is stupid. That is, mostly, I was stupid. I think I must have been in a yarn haze at Estes and wasn’t thinking straight.
So I have put a hold on knitting Glee until I can determine if I can get the rest of the yarn. If not, I will have to frog and find new yarn. Sigh.
So I needed a pick me up to make me feel better. After reading a post this morning by the clever knitchick, I became consumed with a desire for new yarn. There has been a project I have been thinking a lot about, so at lunch time I went to my fav LYS Black Sheep and bought this:
Molly Ringwald here I come. I know I have plenty of other projects and I promise I am still working on Somewhat Cowl and I am even picking Forecast back up to finish for the fall (Trellis is another story–I will share my feelings soon) but I think I am going to cast on for Molly tonight. Sounds fun. And distracting. Oh the tragedy.
The following 7 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
Stripes? Contrasting button band and ribbing? Fair Isle on the bottom section? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I hadn’t seen that pattern, yet, btw, and I really really like it. One of those times when our tastes intersect.
I love the Somewhat Cowl, too, just so you know. In case I didn’t already express my agreement on that one.
Definitely a frustrating discovery! Looking forward to seeing how Molly progresses – that yarn looks fun! 🙂
What a shame. I hope you can find those people to get more yarn! Does anyone else carry it at any stores?
Waaah! I hope you can get your email/call returned. 😦 BTW, the way it’s arranged looks like a bikini top! 😉
Oh man, sorry to hear about your dilema, that really sucks. I hope they come through for you. If not, do you think it would look good in a two tone colour?
oh no! i am sooo sorry about the yarn shortage! i have made *stupid mistakes like that so many times myself. it’s like you just had a temporary brain malfunction, right? it’s terrible…
i would hate to think that you are blaming me for you recent yarn splurge :0). kidding!
i am really loving the knitscene patterns (i am waiting until the ‘holiday’ issue is available, then i’ll order both). that molly ringwald is going to be great! x
I”m a really digging molly ringwold. Who knew that magazine would have such a cute project! Every time I’ve picked it up the patterns are either really weird or totally suited for a 15 year old.