Still deciding
Thursday August 03rd 2017, 10:33 pm
Filed under: Knitting a Gift

And then last night I cast on another cowl instead after realizing I needed a carry-around project.

I woke up this morning with the thought: today. Today I am going to finish that afghan. Two more repeats? Even three? I can do that.

Knit knit knit knit. First repeat finished by 10:30 a.m. Looking good but my hands need a break. 86 grams of yarn left.

Ice hands, wait an hour, knit another repeat–66 grams.

Ice hands, wait two hours, knit another repeat–46 grams. Looks like we have us a predictable pattern here.

My rule of thumb, staying on the safe side, is that the cast-off is going to take the equivalent of three regular rows’ worth of yarn. After a steady 2.5 grams per row, that means I need 7.5 g and the next repeat was going to end at 26. Six is not 7.5. I actually do have more of that yarn, just not prepped yet and the idea of making a join in that thick a yarn in the middle of the cast-off row, just, no, not if I can avoid it.

I iced my hands again and started in. It was pushing it a bit but I was going to keep that promise to myself.

Barbara Walker’s Fountain Lace logically ends a repeat after redoing the second row, and the purl row after that is when I’ve been measuring every time as my logical stopping point.

I knitted perhaps less loosely during that final repeat because part of me knew the afghan was long enough for me and for the wife but it might come up short for the husband’s toes (I haven’t actually met him, but it’s a safe bet he’s taller than my 5’5″) and I wanted it to work for everyone. I know it will lengthen the moment any water hits that lace, and I know I don’t know exactly how much, yet I love the slightly more three-dimensional look of it the way it is right now.

The final row 2, then purl row, and I weighed that ball one last time.

Twenty. Eight. Grams.

I guffawed and winced and stuffed the whole thing back into its ziplock and told it we were done. Done for the night, do you hear me. Done.

What would you do?

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Knit something else for a bit to let it know who’s the boss! (A baby sweater for your latest grandson, perhaps?) (-:

Comment by Anne 08.03.17 @ 11:29 pm

Looks to me like one more repeat. Then, stick-a-fork-in-it totally done. And then give your hands a good rest.

Comment by DebbieR 08.04.17 @ 3:14 am

Oh, good heavens! I agree with Debbie – one last repeat, then tell that afghan you are the boss and finish it off! And move on… Maybe a nice garter stitch cowl?

I do like the look of the unblocked lace, too.

Comment by Pegi 08.04.17 @ 5:41 am

How do you feel about playing yarn chicken? If you ended up short by 20 stitches on the cast off, how would you feel about taking out a whole repeat?

Feeling lucky? Or playing it safe?
Judge accordingly.

Maybe sleep on the decision first. (I can tell you right now that I’ve played yarn chicken a few times – and while Stephanie (you know who I mean) wins frequently, I have yet to come out the winner. I would cast off now, then use that last little bit to make something that goes with the afghan – no idea what though.)

Chris S in Canada

Comment by Chris S 08.04.17 @ 7:24 pm

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