Ain’t this a trip? I knew one day it would come back to bite me. I’m always randomly buying yarn without a project in mind. Since in most cases I’m not technically working from a pattern, I’m never 100% sure how much yarn I will need. I always end up under buying, and since I have never completed a knit project like this before, it’s never really affected me. Well it’s affecting me now.
Sorry, We’re Out
I finally started working on the sleeves for my strip art pullover. And wouldn’t you know it; I was running out of yarn. I went to the School Products yarn store and bought two more balls. Going into my 10th row of Stockinette stitch, I decided to throw a ball of the new yarn in my project bag so that when it ended, I could just attach the new one. At the bottom of the project bag were the yarn I was working with and the label. That’s when I noticed the number 4 on the discarded label and the number 8 on the label of the new yarn. I bought the wrong size yarn. I went back to the store to exchange it. Before he even said anything, I recognized the ‘Sorry, we’re out’ face. Karabella Aurora #4 yarn (black #1148) was out of stock and a new batch would not come in for a few months. I’ve already been hanging on to these nonexistent sleeves for two months; I didn’t want to wait any longer.
Let’s Add Some Bling
I realized that if I continued to work in #4 yarn, at some point, I would run out. It was working up pretty quickly, and I could see that if I stopped at this point, I would have about the same amount to use for the second sleeve. I cut the #4, attached the new #8 yarn and doubled it with a metallic gold thread. I figured if the weight of the yarn was going to be noticeably different, I had to compensate by adding something that would make it less obvious. Let’s add some bling. This way, I could start sleeve number two with the number #4 yarn and I can finish the sleeve with the metallic gold and #8 yarn.
About 5” in, it was obvious that the Karabella Aurora #8 yarn (black #1148) was a deeper black than the Aurora #4, but that’s ok. I’m a long time advocate of mixed media and mixed texture, so I think it will be alright in the end.
Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and hope for the best.