I’ve knit quite a bit on the Bog Jacket in the last few days. I knit on it while watching two hours of Doctor Who, followed by the end of the Tour de Suisse on Sunday (I’m gearing up for the Tour de France!), and in the evenings while we watched Countdown all week. I’ve had a nagging feeling about how it was turning out, though, so I was a bit dismayed to find out that my subconscious might have a point:
I mean, it’s not ridiculously tiny or anything, and if I tug on the edges, they’ll meet in the middle…but I’m thinking I don’t want a jacket that I’m going to have to be tugging on all the time. I’m trying to figure out where I went wrong. I based my cast-on number off of a washed gauge swatch, and I do know it will grow slightly when I wash it, but I’m not sure that’ll be enough. I think there are two things I failed to take into account in doing the math: first of all, “fitted” for a jacket is a different thing than “fitted” for a pullover, and second of all, the chunkiness of the yarn is eating up some of the ease I’d planned in. But maybe I’m just not trusting my swatch enough. It did grow and relax a bit after I washed it, after all. Anyway, the jacket is going into time-out for awhile, while I decide whether I want to rip and start over, or continue and hope that it all works out.
But that’s ok, because something else has hopped on my needles in its place already. Yesterday, this delightful stuff arrived in the mail:
It’s Dream in Color Baby (their laceweight, which is more of a light fingering weight), in Spring Tickle, which I got on discount thanks to The Loopy Ewe’s Summer Knitalong. Ever since I knit the shawl for my sister-in-law, I’ve wanted to make one for myself, and when I saw Mick’s Icarus Shawl, I was smitten. And once I got the yarn balled up, I just couldn’t help myself:
I’m absolutely loving how the Spring Tickle colorway is knitting up. The pattern is really quite simple and intuitive, at least in this section; it’s mainly stockinette, with some columns of yarnovers lightening things up.
But this newest purchase brought with it another “moment of truth”, so to speak. Y’all, I have too much yarn. I know, I know, some of you will say there is no such thing, but I’ve basically run out of places I can put yarn that my cat can’t get into (I’ve talked about how much he loves to eat anything that even resembles string, right?). It’s a problem. So anyway, I’m making a rule. No buying new yarn, with two possible exceptions, for at least a year. This is not going to be a hardship, as I have plenty of yarn to knit projects one right after another for at least that long. And a year from now, I’ll take stock of where I am, and decide what to do next.
The exceptions? I’m one ball short of Patons Classic Merino for making an Aftur sweater out of the leftovers from my Bohus Yoke last year. And I might allow myself to get the yarn to make a Circles Yoke Pullover (which just appeared on the back cover of my Valley Yarns catalog), a sweater I’ve been madly in love with ever since last year when I first saw it in yarnbee‘s Ravelry projects page. But I might wait on that. I don’t know…I really love the original colors for it, and I’m always paranoid that the colors I want will get discontinued before I get around to knitting it (which is part of how I came to have too much yarn in the first place!). We’ll see.