Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pondering

Isn't it the worst when one is knitting a project and as the project nears completion it becomes unclear whether one does in fact have enough yarn to complete said project. And why is it that the closer one gets to discovering whether one will in fact run out of said yarn the faster one tries to knit the project? It is as if a tired knitter thinks she can finish said project before the yarn realizes it wasn't long enough to finish said project. As if the yarn has a time limit and if she can finish the project before the buzzer goes off she'll have enough yarn. And when said knitter gives in to exhaustion and goes to bed for the night with only two rows (two very very long rows, taking half an hour to knit at a time rows) and a bind-off to knit she will inevitably wake to discover the ball of yarn has shrunk overnight and is in reality too small to finish her project. My fingers are crossed as I try to carve out an hour or two to knit today. But my heart holds no hope. I fear I shall run out of yarn three-fourths of the way through the bind off. It will be a photo finish, that's for sure. I'll keep you posted.

6 comments:

rita said...

I do the same thing. Sometimes it actually works. But since I'm usually knitting socks, I can grab some yarn that maybe sort of kinda coordinates and save the sock. And my sanity.

I just finished a project where the last 40 rows took over 20 minutes to knit, and the cast-off took 1.5 hours. I am done. I am so done.

shiguy4076 said...

Are those last 2 rows absolutely necessary? I've been there too and sometimes I just adjust the pattern to fit :)
Shi

Bezzie said...

My gas gauge is broken...so when I think I"m getting low on gas, I start driving faster so I can get to where I'm going quicker so I don't run out of gas. But I know this uses more gas than driving slow. I imagine it's the same yarn shortage principle at work there too.

Jennu said...

I think it has to do with wanting to get the suspense over with and wanting to know if you have a real yarn problem or not. The sooner you know for sure, the sooner you can start looking for more yarn, working around it somehow etc. It's not denial, it's rushing to face it. Yeah, that's it.

Aunt Kathy said...

Yeah when that happens to me I always knit really fast, like if I go faster it won't run out, I just need to beat the clock.

Stephanie said...

Good Luck!