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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Hot Lava finished?

Hot Lava finished? Sort of, let me explain.

So I was at LIC SnB last night and all the Hot Lava knitters were giving me those bad knitter stares. You know, the "I've been sick of this stockinet stitch for days and your almost finished and I hate you" looks. (All in good fun of course.)

Well girls, here is your revenge.

So I came home, took out Hot Lava with only 3 more rows to go. I was watching the State of the Union address, yelling at the TV a little, and knitting along. Earlier in the night, I wondered if I had enough yarn to finish. Helen told me to wrap yarn around the needle 10x and then count off yarn from there. I had enough, but barely. Well, when I got to the cast off, which needed to be done very loosely, I ran out of yarn. I was doing a lace cast off, which involves yarnovers, therefore, more yarn than I had calculated for. So I ripped back and did YOs every 3 sts instead of every 2. Still no good. Then I tried every 4 sts. I was going good until the last 60 sts (of about 150) and stole some yarn from my one sleeve that was a little longer. No harm done right? It was done after ripping back 3 times. So it's 12:30am and I run out to the living room to try it on. The bind off is too tight. Too tight! Ugh!

Luckily I was too tired to cry.


The loose bind off allows the collar to lay correctly and as you can see above, it does not lay correctly.

So even though I thought about throwing it in a corner to rot, I feel like the Manos deserves better than that. So I am going to rip back 3 rows and try again, this time sticking to the YOs every 2nd st. Sigh.


Lolly said...

Oh no! just take a deep breath, and get a glass of wine, and give it another try! It is such a lovely color, M!

Amy said...

Argh, how frustrating! It's going to look beautiful when you get it finally sorted out.

cynic the lamb said...

Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am so sorry to hear that.
You know how I have a terrible memory? Well, I forgot to tell you all that when I knit mine, I really cut close to the bone with the yarn. I had about six inches of Manos left over. I was binding off in total fear that I wouldn't have enough and just barely made it. So it's not surprising to hear that it happened to you, just disappointing and frustrating for you I'm sure. I wish I had told you about how close I cut it.
Um, please spread the word on Tuesday, because I know I will forget. You really need well over 450 yards of material.

sturdygirl said...

Ooh, so close! I can tell it will be stunning when you finish. You'll have to tell us more about the lace cast off...I've never heard of that!

Melissa said...

awww... that sucks! I'm sure that is a situation we have ALL been in ;) It looks very pretty, though. I've got the Hot Lava on my To Do list.