Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lack of Yarn


Last week I bought the most beautiful grey, turquoise and green yarn, to knit a little sweater for my three year old. I thought the colors would look great on her, with her little grey eyes and white hair. There were only two knots left in the store, but the label on the yarn said four knots should be enough for a size 16 sweater, so I thought two of it would be more than enough for a little sweater for a three year old.

Happily I started knitting, but, you guessed it, I ran out of yarn long before the end came to sight. I went back to the yarn store, hoping they could order a knot of the same paint-bath in another branch, but no. Alas.





So, still thinking what to do about this… Good ideas, anyone?

I'm thinking about contrasting rib.


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This week my Confetti Cookies were featured by Pam from Pam’s Party and Practical Tips




Thank you for your sweet words and the feature, Pam!


37 comments:

  1. found you over at Fluster Buster - sorry I have no ideas to share with you other than maybe a co-ordinating colour - I am only a beginner knitter...

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    1. Thanks for your comment anyway :-) ! Always nice to know people care!

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  2. Do you still have the label on the yarn? If you do, you could call the company directly to see if they could send you more.

    Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster Party.

    Hugs and Smiles

    Robin

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    1. I've decided to use contrasting yarn for the ribs. The company is in Spain (and I am in the Netherlands), so it will probable take quite a while before the yarn have reached me. Thanks for sharing your idea anyway! Hugs, Liz

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  3. I don't have any better ideas but I love this yarn. The color is beautiful. Good luck solving your delema.
    Traci

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    1. Thanks, Traci! I really love the yarn, too! That's why I definitely want to use it. Would be too bad to put it aside because I don't have enough of the yarn. I've decided to knit contrasting ribs, so I can finish the sweater. Liz

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  4. Yeah, the best you can do is choose a coordinating color and go for it!

    TracyAnn from www.crochethappy.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Tracy! I decided to do just that. I will show you all the result soon. Liz

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  5. If you know what the yarn is you should be able to find it online. If it is not the same dye lot you can gradually integrate the new yarn, knitting every other line with the new skein for an inch or so - should blend in any color changes a bit more than just starting with the new skein. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for sharing this idea, Alyssa! I decided to make contrasting ribs. I had some grey wool left from the Baby Boy Blanket (see earlier post) and used that. I didn't have the patience to wait for new yarn :-) . Liz

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  6. For a 3-year-old, you can get away with a wildly contrasting colour started anywhere on the sweater ;-) That is gorgeous yarn!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your ideas, Jo! I've decided to go for the contrast! Liz

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  7. Have you tried e -bay or Amazon I have found yarn in a similar situation through amazon.

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    1. Thanks for this idea, Beth! I don't want to wait so long for more yarn (not the patient kind, I guess), so I'm going for contrast. Liz

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  8. Oh I hate that, like beth said try online :)

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    1. Yes, I hate it, too, haha! But I think I found a nice alternative! Show you soon! Liz

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  9. It looks like you picked a pattern that uses garter stitch (or is that just the wrong side). Garter eats up more yarn than stockinette, so that could be your problem. Although, I think if I were you I'd do a contrasting rib before I ripped out all my work to start with a different pattern.

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    1. It's the back side of the stockinette stitch. I decided to go for contrasting ribs and the sweater is almost finished now. Show you the result real soon! Thanks for leaving a comment! Liz

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  10. When this happens to me I simply get
    another color yard and give it a
    stripe throughout... pretty colors.
    Sandy

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  11. I think a contrasting color could be really fun...colorblocking is very fashionable right now...play with it! I'd try to pick up on that pretty turquoise!

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    1. I went for the contrasting color! I will show the result soon!

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  12. If you ever need a particular yarn go to ravelry.com. You can search for that particular yarn and also use the forums to let people know what you need. Some of the knitters have hundreds of skeins of yarn in boxes and I am pretty sure you can find what you need.

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  13. You could make a scarf or a hat with it instead. Good luck finding your next project! Thanks for linking up to Hookin on Hump Day!

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    1. I think the yarn is too beautiful to make a hat of it, so I chose to knit contrasting ribs. I will show the result tomorrow!

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  14. Oh no, that is so frustrating. Where are you in the process? You could do some part of the sweater in a complementary color.

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    1. Yes, I hate it, too, haha! I finished the sweater already and used a complementary color for the ribs. I will post about it tomorrow!

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  15. Oh, no! I just started knitted & gauging how much you need for casting off & all that. I had a post to share about knitting I did & its coming soon. I hope you get a chance to read it when published. Visiting from DearCreatives.com
    Good luck with the rest of the project!

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    1. Thank you, Theresa! It's finished now and turned out quite well in the end.

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  16. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your awesome project! Visit us again next week and link up more awesome stuff!

    Have a great week!
    Susie@bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/02/02/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-18/

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  17. Oh no! That's so frustrating. Can you order it online? What a pretty color and it looks so soft. Thanks for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday:)

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    1. Yes, it was! But the sweater is finished and turned out quite beautiful, if I may say so myself! Thanks for visiting! Liz

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  18. I just started knitting a few weeks ago and my first scarf is really a half-scarf because I too did not purchase enough yarn. Sorry I don't have any suggestions; just thought I'd tell you I understand!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment, Jessica! Yes, I've learned my lesson about buying enough yarn, haha!

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  19. Wow, the cookies are amazing, congratulations for being featured!!
    Concerning the lack of yarn, maybe it would suffice for a little tank top? So you wouldn't need yarn for the arms or much length.

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    1. The sweater is already finished and in the end it turned out very well. Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment! Liz

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