Monday, December 1, 2008


Dear Friends,

I've been knitting this weekend and have found myself deeply in denial over the sleeves to my pink sweater.  Deeply in denial.  From wrist to sleeve cap, I've been telling myself there was plenty of yarn left to finish the job.  This would have been the truth if I suddenly lost about 3 inches of arm length.  Unfortunately, my body has more of a gorilla type arm with knuckles almost dragging the ground.  I'm well into shaping the sleeve cap and have several more inches and about 50 rows to go-with maybe twenty or so yards of yarn remaining.  Duh.

This morning I ran out to the yarn store and luckily found another skein of the same color number.  Of course, I bought the yarn in January so the  dye lot is different.  To the naked eye, it looks the same.  I'm so desperate to finish this project and I'm trying to talk myself out of fixing the problem the right way.  What would you do?  Admit you despise working with this yarn and just knit away and pray they match?  Or would you do it the right way: have another cocktail and alternate rows with the new and the old yarn so if the colors are off, they'd blend and be less noticeable?  So much do I hate this yarn, I'm leaning toward the first option with the fewest ends to weave.


Hating the Boucle and Ready to Move On


Winifred said...

Was just wondering what the design is like. It happened to me once and to get around it I pulled the sleeves out. They had a ribbed wrist which I could use the odd wool for and then change to the original wool so any change in colour wasn't really obvious. I also used the odd wool for the edging.

Best of luck!

Does it have to have long sleeves? Could they be bracelet or 3/4 length?

Anonymous said...

As I noted so aptly; make that sweater into a pair of pants.

It looks like a pair of pants anyhow!

flydragon said...

Please post a picture of your gorilla type arm so that I can get a better idea of the problem.

Brenda said...

Funny comments! I would have the cocktails and think about it for a long time.

Winifred said...

Definitely Brenda! After a bottle of wine it won't matter a bit.

Anonymous said...

I have been wearing shirts that don't fit for years. Just pull the sleeves up to the elbow.

And, just admit that you did not perform the correct stitch one knit pearl two combination. Don't blame it on your Gorilla Arms.

laurie said...

if it were me, i'd have another cocktail.

and then maybe another one.

and never get back to the sleeves at all.

Rudee said...

Alrighty then. Then alcohol wins. So does method one. I'm just going to go for it and if anyone can see the difference, so what. It'll be better than sleeves that are too short-or none at all.

Winifred, I'd rather trash the whole thing than unravel it. Did I mention I hate working this yarn? It's pretty but so highly textured it's become a pain to work with.

Flydragon, there will be pictures one of these days.

Miss 376 said...

Glad I wasn't the only one that thought they looked like pants! I'd go with option one, but that's because I hate ripping out and starting again.

sue b said...

i would try to design something like a band of contrasting color, a couple of stripes, something to draw your eye so that any color shift will be less obvious. or do what i really do, which is put it in a drawer for a few years and tell myself i'll get back to it :)

Rose said...

I hate when that happens. And boucle is a pain to unravel. I like the idea of pushing your sleeves up!