Monday, May 14, 2007

Still dithering

I've got 12 rows to go before I must make a decision about adding extra repeats to Icarus.

Had a brain wave while at work, and decided to check Miriam Felton's blog to see what she had to say. I found the most delightful thing, an Icarus knit-a-long. I've read most of the archives tonight, and am receiving conflicting messages. Some folks are running out of yarn, and therefore adding a contrasting edging, or buying more, or fudging the end. None of those are options for me. Others have lots left over. Of course, there's no way for me to reliably calculate the odds. All those above-mentioned knitters have different gauges, needles, yarn. Too many variables.

Miriam, herself, posted and basically said that the last two charts and the edging really eat yarn, and that one should be cautious. That made my heart stop (and I cannot find that post; I'm so tired I'm cross-eyed).

I do not want to fudge the pattern and I hate the idea of adding a different yarn. There is no way I can get more of this. Each skein is unique, and even if Black Bunny came close, it would not be the same.

The only thing I can think of is buying a scale to determine the weight I have left, extrapolate the number of stitches made and remaining, and doing some funky algebra to determine if what remains will be enough.

If I hold a 50g ball of yarn in one hand, and my remaining yarn in the other, it feels the same. But, that is SOOO not scientific. And, one gram could make all the difference. That's roughly two percent of my remaining yarn. Too close to call.

So my mind remains un-made up. There is no doubt, however, that I will be practising the next charts on some scrap yarn. I really need to be able to visualize this before I go ahead.

There is some good news. I did swatch! I just didn't remember. While not blocked, I did get gauge when the swatch was slightly stretched. Size will not be a problem.

However, I do see the purchase of blocking wires in my future. I think it's the only way I will get a nice straight top edge (Yay! More knitting toys!)

In conclusion (thus far): Icarus is coming along to knit night tomorrow, to get advice and encouragement. And, I joined the knit-a-long. I'll throw my question out there, because I have not seen it addressed. specifically.

Now, to bed. I really am tired (and it's not booze or boy-related. Stupid insomnia and work).

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