Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Yardage Sprint

So my goals for the year were to use up 150 yards of material & 150 skeins of yarn, and while I am nowhere NEAR being close to either one, I realized that I was really close to using up more fabric than I did last year, so yesterday--taking a break from the holiday party marathon--I rounded up and finished this

which looks a bit like a circus tent, to be honest.  I really REALLY thought the material was nice & light and drapey until I tried this on....which incidentally left me with an odd craving for salted peanuts in the shell.....

BUT Andy likes it, so I can wear it around the house, which is fine.  I used up 3 yards of material on it, so one more project finished should put me over the 75 yard mark--leaving me halfway to my goal and at least better than last year.  We've reached the "grasping at straws" part of my goals....

I think I'm going to try felting the mittens--largely because it would involve knitting 1 mitten and not 2, but we're enjoying a sunny day that might reach 40 degrees, so mittens aren't quite as urgent as they were.  And in my normal "never learn one's lesson" approach, rather than viewing it as a chance to get ready for the next arctic wave.....

I have been working on Andy's sweater.  I decided to add 4 rows of the ribbing pattern from the sides on the bottom to stop the rolling (and probably should have used 6 because it really, really, REALLY wants to roll even now), but it's a nice easy knit that I can pick up and put down at a moment's notice, AND........the skeins of yarn have only 109 yards on them!  The first skein is now officially used up, and tonight we're going to dinner at one of my knitting protégé's home, so I'm thinking taking the sweater along would be okay.  YES?