Did you ever have one of those projects? You struggle, struggle, struggle, but stay with it and it finally pays off? That’s the story with this little sweater.
I had bought 10 skeins each of a beige and a taupe alpaca fiber from Craftsy early this spring in preparation for Milo May. They were on sale, and I can’t resist a sale . . . Then Milo May came and I only made two using the alpaca. I had a ton of it left in both colors, and I promised myself I’d use every last yard of it. So I made a larger size Milo (the one that looks brown below) and a couple using two strands of yarn held together to try and use it up, but I still had more!
(The photos make it appear that there are more than two colors here, but there are only the taupe and beige.)
Next, I decided to make a sweater with the beige. I looked at my patterns and chose the Flax Light. Adding up the yardage in my remaining skeins, I figured that size 1-2 would use it up, and I was right. I used up all of the beige and got this far:Uh oh. Ran out of the beige. I still had two skeins of taupe left, but I couldn’t just continue that sleeve with a different color. I had to come up with a plan how to use some of the taupe without it looking like a mistake. What I decided to do was to unravel the hem and the cuff and use that yarn to finish the sleeve. Hopefully there would be enough. Then I could knit the hems and sleeve cuffs with the taupe. It was enough!! Just! So then I knitted the cuffs and hem with the taupe and it looked purposeful.Except that the ribbing on the neckline was beige. I decided to rip that out and make it taupe, too. I had never ripped out knitting from the top of a garment, only from the bottom. Guess what? It doesn’t unravel!! I had to cut the fabric to pick up my yoke stitches. It took an hour, and I lost one stitch somewhere. Should have had 100, but only had 99 . . . Close enough. When I finished, there were lots of ends to weave in. But you know what? I love how it turned out!!There are 156 yards left of the taupe, then it’s all gone. That’s enough for a newborn Milo, especially if I go down a needle size. I’m going to make a project bag for travel knitting with it.
Just in time for the Fall Fiber Festival, which is two weeks away!! 😉