Recently, I've been cruising right along on several projects. I've got... eleven... current projects and over the past weekend I think I managed to work on 7 of them. Part of the reason I was able to work on so many was that I kept running out of ^*$# yarn. First, I decided to work on the market bag I'm making for my mom.
That's BYOB by Moria Ravenscroft from the Summer 2008 Knitty. I'm making it with Knit Picks new cotton yarn Dishie. It feels like a great yarn for market bags, dish towels, scrubbies, etc. but I would never make something like a garment with it--too stiff, it would never drape. Soft, but stiff. The pattern calls for two balls of a yarn that is 207 yards per ball for the main color. Dishie comes in balls of 190 yards. As you can see, those extra 34 yards are critical. All I have left to knit are the handles. An emergency ball is on the way and hopefully I'll have the bag done soon.
After that disappointment, I picked up a project I haven't worked on it quite a while and got pretty close to finishing.
That's the Op Art blanket by Melissa Dominguez from the fall 2008 Knitty. (Clearly 2008 was a good year for Knitty). I started this when I first moved to Oregon way back in July 2009. Mostly, I started it as a way to use up the two huge skeins of Carron One Pound I was given by a well meaning family friend. I figured two POUNDS of yarn would be enough to finish a moderate-sized blanket. Imagine my extreme frustration when I ran out of yarn 9 rows from the end. Since the size of the stripes matters, I can't just stop where I am and bind off. I could go back to the last whole stripe, but I really wanted it to end on a white stripe... My own weird aesthetic. That would mean going back a whole strip and a half and would leave me with quite a lot of left over yarn, thus defeating my plan to use up all the yarn with this blanket.
Ravelry to the rescue. Another kind knitter used this yarn for a project and had about 4 ounces left over. The yarn is coming to me as we speak. I love living in the digital age. I could not function in a world without "the cloud"..... mmm instant gratification, instant information, instant organization.
Had I not run out of yarn on these two projects I probably would have given them each some serious dedicated work and maybe had a few FOs to show for my weekend, but as it is, it was nice to revisit so many of my current projects and get back in touch with why I love them.