I have been knitting away on the Atrium Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle. I am trying to knit this as quickly as possible because the yarn I am using (Bohemia Sport by Outlaw Yarn) has approximately 183 yards per skein, and I have 5 skeins, for a total of 915 yards. The pattern calls for 5 skeins of Manos del Uruguay Serena, with 170 yards each, for a total of 850 yards. Sooo I should have more than the correct amount of yarn needed… but I don’t trust myself.
What makes it even more fun, is that my yarn is from New Zealand! New Zealand Fabrics and Yarn is the store in case you ever visit Auckland. And the shipping cost is $15-25 for 1 skein…. which I am willing to pay if I don’t have enough. But not willing to pay if I am halfway through and I probably have enough. So, trying to knit this quickly so I can find out if I need to order an extra skein or not.
Today I was on a very empty flight. Which meant I had an entire row to myself, which meant I could sprawl out my knitting. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to knit on a plane if people are sitting next to me. My elbows need to spillover to the other seat and I hate having to knit “cramped.” The arm movement is important to me, and I avoid knitting if my arms can’t move freely while knitting. It’s also hard to keep the yarn, pattern, needles, etc. all in your lap. I much prefer having it in an empty seat next to me.
But I made exactly zero progress on my knitting although I knitted the entire three hours. Why? Because I am bad with numbers, lace, and decreases. Up until the decreases, every row is an even amount of stitches. For the decrease section, some of the rows become odd numbered, which threw me off and felt so wrong so I ripped it out. And then reknit it. And found I was knitting odd number of stitches again. And ripped it out again. I must be dropping or adding stitches for my numbers to come out wrong! And then, finally, got a pencil and calculator and calculated how many stitches I should have on each row… where I learned that I was knitting everything correctly and that they were indeed supposed to be an odd number of stitches for some rows. ARGH!!! is all I can say to three hours of knitting and unknitting. So I was back to where I started with no physical knitting progress in my cardigan, but at least I progressed a lot in knitting knowledge.
And that is why I am blogging right now. I’m finally home, but I need a break from this project. It needs to sit in time out before I attempt the decrease section again. But not for long, because I do want to get near the end to gauge whether or not I will need an extra skein shipped from New Zealand.