Saturday, March 17, 2018

Fail

Whenever I say I'm not going to buy more yarn, I inevitably fail at that lofty goal.  Last night I realized I was about 40 yards short of what I needed for my Easy One sweater in fingering weight.  And I know I'm gonna want it a little longer than the pattern calls for.  So I had to hop online to order more Stroll Tonal in Matcha for that sweater.  And of course I didn't want to pay for shipping, so I shopped around and added 2 project bags and 3 other skeins of Stroll to my cart before I checked out.  I went with a handpaint called Big Top, and tonals called High Tea and Mocha.  I swatched the Matcha on my ChiaoGoo US 4's but haven't laundered it yet.  My US 2 & 3 ChiaoGoo's should arrive tomorrow, so I'll be able to swatch the Matcha on the US 3's and cast on one of the Sockhead Hat's for my kids on the US 2. 

But that order wasn't enough to keep me from stopping back at Walmart tonight to check out the selection of Bernat POP! and Lion Brand Mandala.  Unfortunately, the POP! was the more expensive yarn, but I love how it was working up on Jo's monster, so I picked up ... eek... 5 more cakes.  The Mandala is a finer yarn, not what I was looking for to make monsters out of, so I only got 1 cake of that.  Then I turned around and saw the Red Heart Ombres and couldn't help myself from adding one of each color to my basket.  I was disappointed that they were out of pink or yellows, but I got peach, blue, turquoise, green, and purple. 

Now I can't decide which yarn to use for my Attic24 Granny Stripe blanket.  I was going to use the POP! but I sort of want to keep that for making the monsters until I finish that project.  The Mandala I only have 3 cakes of, and they aren't complimentary colors, so that's out.  That leaves the Ombres.  I have 5 skeins total, and I'm not sure how much yarn an afghan like that will take.  I want it to be maybe a twin sized afghan, enough to cover up with to sleep, not just a throw or lapghan.  But before I start that project, I wanted to work on Jo's monster.  I finished the first leg of the mom and started the first arm.  I'm not a fan of knitting a small number of stitches in the round for 30 rounds, that's for sure.  Tomorrow I'm going to have to go get stuffing.  I was planning to send the pieces to her and have her get stuffing to do it herself, but I am afraid it won't get done, and all the parts needed to be stuffed before they can be sewn on, which means a lot more than just stuffing the body and whip stitching it closed. 

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