There are a lot of knitting skills that I’m really good at. Yarn chicken…or estimating if I’ll have enough yarn to finish a project…isn’t one of them.
The Anti-Yarn Chicken
My sense of direction is awful, so I usually tell co-travelers to ask me which way to go, and then to go the opposite direction.
Assessing how much yarn it will take to finish a project is a similar situation. Here are the two typical scenarios:
- I’ll be working feverishly to finish a scarf. From about halfway through, I’ll start to have doubts if I’ll have enough yarn to finish the scarf. I will constantly assure my anxious mind that there will be plenty of yarn to finish. I’ll come up 20 yards short.
- From halfway through a project (like my current cardigan), I’ll start eyeing the ever more limp center-pull ball of yarn. I will be certain there won’t be enough yarn to finish the project. As the center-pull ball starts to collapse into itself, like a fiber-blackhole, I’m coming up with ways to make a yarn substitution. Possibly contacting the yarn vendor to try and get more yarn. Or planning to add an “accent color” stripe. But then like the five loaves and two fishes that Jesus used to feed the masses or the one day of oil that lasted eight days for a Hanukah miracle, the yarn lasts until the end of the project. With a few yards left over.
So, if you want to know if you’ll have enough yarn to finish a project, just ask me. And then plan on the opposite answer. Because I’m always wrong.
Unlike estimating yarn-to-completion amounts, I seem to be very good at finishing knitting projects.
No, I haven’t fully completed the Ensign Brook DK Cardigan. But I have cut the steek in the front, finished knitting the button-band and collar and sewn them in. I’ve also woven in the ends of the body of the cardigan and sewn down the pocket linings. Now I just have to cut the arm hole steeks, attach the sleeves, knit two pocket edgings and weave in a few dozen ends. Oh…and block the sweater.