i started this adorable sweater ohhhhhh, about 4 years ago. i wasnt doing so well with the lace pattern for some reason and ended up ripping it out except for the cabled collar. it has stayed in my ravelry queue waiting to be resumed.
everytime i looked in my yarn stash, this yarn made me feel guilty because it was just sitting there. i had a terrible feeling i would end up taking it to goodwill in 20 years, completely unused. i tried to find something else to do with it but i didnt have enough for any other project and the yarn was discontinued.
fast forward to the beginning of this summer. i decided i needed to get the sweater started back up so i picked it up in may and began again. i discovered i was missing the most important page of the pattern which contained the lace leaf pattern, so i had to contact the designer and explain that the last time i downloaded the pattern i had saved it onto my old hard drive and now i needed access to the lace leaf pattern! she is incredibly nice and sent me a new pattern out right away. crisis averted, i was back on track.
after being side tracked with a few other projects, i ended up working on the lace leaf cardi again seriously in august. while spending a long weekend in roanoke va with my most knitterly (actually, she crochets like a mad woman) friend, knitting my fingers off, i ended up in the worst case scenario: i ran out of yarn. i had looked all over the house for my last ball and never found it. i kept weighing the ball of yarn and i thought it would make it. i found out during my knitterly weekend that i was terribly wrong.
and yes, i repeat, it is discontinued.
ravelry to the rescue, i found one person willing to sell me their last three balls in their stash. i received them this week and i am working like a mad woman to finish it before something else terrible happens.
what is concerning me about this situation is that i know i bought 6 balls of yarn. several situations could have happened:
1. i ended up cutting and throwing away some of it that got tangled and knotted beyond repair while ripping the sweater out the last time.
2. i have lost a ball of yarn in the house somewhere and i will find it as soon as i finish the sweater.
3. my gauge is very very wrong and and i measured myself incorrectly resulting in using more yarn than the pattern intended.
pleeeeaaasssseeee dont let it be situation 3. i cant handle that after avoiding so many disastrous situations concerning this little brown sweater.
i am almost to the waistband, so time will tell. i will keep you updated.
as far as my reading goes, i have been really into poetry lately. i seem go in phases, i will devour novels for months, then move to short stories, then spend a month in poetry. i FINALLY found a copy of Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems at our used book store, so i snatched it up. the problem is, i keep reading the same 2 poems over and over.
the other collection that i am obsessing over at the moment is Adrienne Rich's the dream of a common language. when i first began this collection i was not really into it. it seemed too emotional and too angry, and i just couldnt really connect with it. but, every poem has such a different voice, and once i really started to understand her voice, i really began to become obsessed. in a big big way. also, really, i cant get the title out of my head. seriously. it is such a powerful statement in and of itself. goodness.
i have about 5 books from the library sitting beside my bed, waiting on me to get started. but the truth is, i have been saving my novels and short story collections for some upcoming down time that i have planned.
so there you have it. my readin and my knittin. what more could you possibly want to know????
have i told you i have a goodreads account? if you are on goodreads, i would love to see what you are reading!
i am linking up with ginny today from small things for the yarn along.