April 2, 2008

Living on the edge

Posted in Charity, Flying by the seat of yarn pants at 10:00 pm by Rebecca Crochets

There are a number of things I like about working with donated yarns:

  1. Getting to work with yarns that I might never otherwise,
  2. Mixing a ball of this with a ball of that to come up with something beautiful, and
  3. Starting a project and hoping that I’ll have enough yarn.

When you make it with just a bit to spare, it’s an awesome feeling. Take this sweater.

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The Mini Wrap Sweater by Jennifer Cirka in the March/April 2008 issue of Crochet Today.

I picked out an unlabeled ball of red, light weight, sport yarn. I also had a ball of white and green in a similar weight that I thought I could use if needed. I wanted to avoid making a Christmas sweater, though, so using the red and green together was out. I started working the pattern with the red. Unfortunately I needed to alter the pattern a little, since I wasn’t able to get the correct row gauge. It called for 14 hdc (half double crochet stitches) and 10 rows, and I was getting 14 hdc and 8 rows in 4 inches. After working the required 36 rows, I was about 2 inches too short. Indeed the sweater looked a little squat. After adding a few extra rows, I moved on to the sleeves. After the first sleeve, the ball was starting to dwindle and I wondered if I was going to make it. I kept going thinking that I might need to undo a few rows of the first sleeve to even up the second sleeve, then finish them both with a nice big border of the white. Well, and here is why I like these projects, I finished the second sleeve to the same point as the first, with… 72″ of yarn to spare. Not even enough to do one more row. With the red gone, trimming the sweater and creating the ties was done in the white sport weight. I love it when it works out just so.

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I’m not sure I’m going to be so lucky with this next one. Again, this is from Crochet Today, the Nov/Dec 2007 issue. The Preppy Pullover by Candi Jensen.

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I’m using the green that I mentioned before and I’ll do the cables in the white left over from trimming the red sweater. I’m starting with the back then I’ll do one sleeve. I’ve already weighed the green ball, and I have 3 oz. After doing the back and sleeve, I’ll weigh the ball again and hope for having at least half that left. If not, I’m going to try to alter the pattern to make it into a cardigan. That’ll take slightly less yarn than as it’s written currently.

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When I was working on the red sweater, I kept thinking about how I could incorporate stripes of white if I needed. Unfortunately, with the Preppy Pullover, stripes wouldn’t work, so if I’m short on yarn, I’ll have to alter the styling of the sweater.

Again, this is what I love about donated yarn. I never know what I’m going to end up with, and getting there is always an adventure! Stay tuned to see what becomes of the green yarn…