Thursday, June 26, 2008

Making a blue*

It is apparent that I am not only mathematically challenged but a ridiculously pie-eyed optimist (or someone who stubbornly refuses to see the evidence in front of her).

The pattern for the Rollin' Beret clearly states that the hat requires 123 m of yarn. The ball band for the Dale of Norway Ara clearly states that each 50g ball consists of 50 m of yarn.

Anyone of moderate intelligence and basic mathematical ability would have worked out before they started knitting that they were going to be short. I worked it out when I had almost finished the first ball and was in a committed relationship with the project.
There was still some denim blue recycled 12 ply left, so I started the whole slip-stitch extension method again with hope in my heart and an eye on the end of the ball. The good news is the recycled 12 ply in the denim colour is all used up. It ran out of about 15 rows too soon.

I tried knitting faster with the remainder of the Ara, because everyone knows if you knit faster you'll finish before you run out of yarn. I got to the end of the ball faster - 6 tiny, decrease-6-stitches-in-every-round, rounds short.

This disappointment happened just before we left SnB last night. By the time I reached home I was prepared to chuck the lot in the bin and lie down and weep. The frugal self prevailed, though and I finished the bloody thing off with a very small amount of recycled 12 ply crepe wool in navy. Not quite what I'd planned, but not wasteful either.

*for non-Australian's "to make a blue" is to make a mistake. Not to be confused with "having a blue" which is an argument/fight.

11 comments:

m1k1 said...

No worries. Wear it next time you're painting a white ceiling and bob's your uncle.

Michelle said...

Bummer! Does it fit though? It's a lovely pattern

Walled Garden said...

I think it turned out a treat. I hope this one fits. I've been trying to reach you for a while but I don't seem to be allowed. Let's hope for success this time,
Cheers Gillian (redumbrella)

Jejune said...

Oh good save - I think it looks perfectly fine - great, in fact!

Olivia said...

I think it looks great - like a funky spreading ink stain

TinkingBell said...

Looks great - and of course quite different to nicknaming someone 'Blue' - who would be the person next to you with the milk white skin and carrot coloured hair!

Donna Lee said...

The colors go so well together it looks like a design detail. That's what I'd tell people. Of course now that you've already told us that it was an error, we'll all have to pinky swear not to tell!

Kate said...

Oh, I love it. I'd be calling it serendipity if I were you cos those colours work so beautifully together. Nothin supstages anything else and they all create an indigo nocturne delightful to wear. You are going to wear this one, aren't you?

amanda j said...

I agree with Kate. It looks lovely!

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Just hang with people who are shorter than yourself when you wear the beret and no one will see the top. But seriously, I agree with the rest. It is lovely and looks great.

2paw said...

I would never had known it wasn't designed to be that way!! Looks lovely and creative!!!