Sunday, July 29, 2007

Waiting for the Bad Taste to Subside

Lookie what I finished!

It's the infamous Ribwarmer of EZ fame.
I plan to wear it with jeans to SOAR and hope that it's not shamed by the magnificence that it will be exposed to.




Right now however, it is enjoying "Quiet Time". Totally not the fault of the pattern. Just one of those mystical things. I got gauge. (Really, I got gauge.) Yet something that is supposed to take about 350 yds took over 400. I don't know how much over 400.

Ya see, I had four balls of Paintbox at 100 yds each. Last time I checked that was more than 350. I even did the shark mouth thing to see which number the fish ate. 400 is more than 350. Yet....I got gauge...being short I cut the number of ridges in the pattern down to 33 instead of 40 and the side down to 8 instead of 10. All in gauge. But I-RAN-OUT-OF YARN at ridge 27 on the back. Okay. If you've never knit a ribwarmer it was written as two pieces, but has long since been reworked into one piece. Thereby making a missing-any-rows garment unwearable. And do you see how cleverly I had matched up the yarn on the two fronts? Practically OCD. So I put a murder mystery in the tape deck and unraveled the two front shoulders from the cast on edge. (Tedious I tell ya.) Took out 4 ridges on each side, reknit the neck roll tabs, used that salvaged yarn to finish the back, and was left with less than 14 inches of yarn. I tried it on to confirm it fit and now it will sit somewhere and think about it's crimes until I don't grind my teeth when I look at it.

And yes, I got gauge.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

Well, you did a really nice job lining up the colors on the front! It looks great even if it is evil.

Karen said...

It came out really nice! It's going to go perfect with jeans.

JessaLu said...

It looks wonderful! :o)

Jennifer said...

Perhaps it's the fault of the pattern? I know that Debbie Bliss patterns are almost always short on yardage.

ChelleC said...

I don't know why, but I can't see the recent photos you posted. I can still see the other ones. Hmmmm.

ChelleC said...

Now I can see the photos - cute. I don't understand why some patterns mysterously take more yarn, but some just do, even when I'm lucky enough to get gauge.

Shelly in Omaha said...

I too finally got to see the pictures. Very cute! I'm sure you will look great in it. Besides who cares if it took more yarn...You relly got gauge!