10 January 2011

Five thousand knitting needles...

...and not one is a size 8 circular. Sigh.

I started a sweater for Junior a few months ago. Having been sidetracked by various and sundry Terribly Important Things, said sweater has been languishing on an end table for some time.

Actually, it's not an end table. It's a between table. It sits between the couch and the catch-all shelf. How much "all" can a catch-all shelf catch? A lot.

Anyway...

With the Terribly Important Things out of the way, including Himself's watch cap, I turned my attention back to the sweater. Junior, quite thoughtfully, has not yet grown out of his unfinished sweater. This gives me at least a couple of weeks to finish.

Let's see, where was I on this sweater? Front and back panels, check. Right side and sleeve, check. Okay, then. I picked up the stitches for the left side and knit away. Nice yarn, this. 50% organic cotton and 50% organic wool in a sort of peachy-orangey-sunsetty color, somewhere between school bus yellow and safety orange.

A cheerful color.

I knocked out side two and the second sleeve in record time, then sewed up the seams. A quick read of the instructions...

Rats. The bottom ribbing requires a size 8 circular needle. Pretty much the only needle I don't have. Great. Snow is falling like the European scenes from a war movie, and I haven't got the needle needed to finish the sweater.

Hmm...

I suppose I could start a second sweater. Maybe by the time I get to the bottom ribbing of a new sweater, the roads will be plowed and I can buy a size 8 circular needle.

Of course, it'll probably be July and I won't need the needle OR the sweater...

2 comments:

Molly said...

There must be a moral in this story somewhere! Maybe, don't let Very Important Things sidetrack you from Junior's sweater?.It probably won't fit him when he's a freshman in college...I know whereof I speak.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

This is when I'd grab a circ 9 and a circ 7, alternate rows, and pray they'd average out to the same guage as an 8. This is why I'm not a master knitter. OK, this is reason #infinity+3 that I'm not a master knitter.