My name's Dawn. I have decades of knitting experience. I'm so experienced at knitting that I can look at a pattern, look at the yarn, and guess if I have enough yarn to knit said pattern. Take Something Red. A short sleeved v-neck cardigan. Sure, 10 balls of All Season's Cotton will suffice. NOT!
I can't believe that I knitted for so long before reaching the conclusion that I will run out of yarn! This is how far I have knitted, with a sleeve (ok, half a sleeve), the border and short row collar and five more inches of ribbing to go.
I hadn't read the pattern before starting, notably the bit about yarn requirements. I have enough yarn for the 32 or 34" size only. I hadn't realised that the ribbing isn't plain 2x2 ribbing; that there are two increase rows to make the ribbing flare, a great yarn-eater! The sleeve that I've knitted is too wide as well, but that would have been easily remedied, if I'd enough yarn. I think this colour is discontinued (I bought mine in the sales of course) so I will put it away in the stash whilst I decide what to do about it. I still want one of these cardigans.
My sockapalooozer socks seem to have been temporarily misplaced as well. I'd intended posting them this week, bought the box, found a few gifts as wrapping, and then couldn't find the socks. I'm sure they're hiding on sock blockers somewhere in this tiny flat, just have to find them and enclose a grovelling apology to my sockapalooozer pal!
So. My knitting blahs continue. Whatever Mary has is contagious. I'm trying to cull the stash as well. I want to go back to the days when I'd occasionally have to buy new yarn for a project. At the moment I have most areas covered with stash, so I can't justify yarn enhancement at the moment. I have two expeditions planned over the next two months - but only because I've been very good at stashbusting for a few months.
I'm left, over this bank holiday, with a few things to choose from.
The Flower Basket Shawl, which isn't flowing as much as lace knitting usually does.
Martha, from last year's Rowan.
The second Vera sock, just started.
A new project, the Milinda Pullover, in DB Cathay. Love this colour, and the yarn, and the pattern, but it's early days and I haven't knitted a tension square, so we shall see how this looks.
Dr Who's about to start, so it will be sock knitting tonight. I wish that I'd brought the Henley top or the West Side raglan with me this weekend; they're lolling around at the stash flat!