Monday, April 07, 2008
Honeycomb and Kant
I wrote three large essays in three short hours last night. It was my take home Kant exam and it required two pots full (or six mugs full) of very strong tea in order for me to complete it. But I was very lucky, I finished it in less time than I thought I would - with enough time left over to watch the final part of Sense and Sensibility and enough energy (due to the absurd amount of caffeine I had just consumed) to ply the remainder of my alpaca-silk singles.
Now that it is all spun and all plyed, I have 619 meters of yarn just perfect for knitting Honeycomb. Well, almost perfect. You see, I need 700 meters for the size I want to knit. I don't have enough, but I'm out of fibre. This makes me sad.
I should have gotten the right amount, at least I think that I should have. I had the same amount of weight (actually a little bit more) than the recommended yarn called for, so if I spun the same thickness, shouldn't I get the same length? Not almost a hundred meters difference? It is possible that I miscounted the yardage (meterage?) so I'll go back and count again... no luck. It's still the same amount. Maybe alpaca weighs more than wool so that if I spin the same weight to the same thickness it comes out shorter? I don't know.
So, what are my options? I could give up on the vest (doubtful), I could spin something else in a different colour and knit the hem and the edges with it (don't really like that idea either), or I could wait a week or so until I have the chance to visit the mill that produced the fibre to see if they have any more in stock. I think I'll go with the latter and in the mean time I'll work on some of the other projects I have on the go.
I do really want to knit this vest, but I don't want to start unless I have enough yarn to finish it. In the mean time, I'll wash the rest of my skeins (and my swatch, thanks Holly), then put it to one side and work on something else until I can find a solution.