Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I'm Stranded!

I'm such a joiner! After seeing it on Lara's blog, I just felt the need to be a part of Stranded: the Colorwork Challenge.

For this KAL, I'll be knitting two stranded projects. First up, We Call Them Pirates hat by Adrian Bizilia from Hello Yarn in KnitPicks Andean Silk cream & pitch. Since the pirate hat must be given to my SIL on Sunday, it takes priority. My second project is the Fake Isle Hat by Amy King in MagKnits which I'll be knitting in Noro Kureyon #40 and Brown Sheep Worsted Onyx.

The yarn for the pirate hat arrived on Tuesday afternoon so I quickly swatched, got the exact gauge & that evening I rushed to start the project. Around row 4 or 5, I decided it looked a little bit big, so I got out my tape measure & discovered (to my horror) that my gauge was no longer "on". Maybe it's due to the stranding, but I knew this hat would be too big! Should I frog it completely or switch to smaller needles & keep going? What would you have done (keep in mind that's 500-600 stitches)? I opted to keep going.

Everything was going along well, especially since this is my first true stranding project, until I looked at the dwindling skeins of yarn & though, "I may not have enough yarn to finish!" I kept knitting in spite of that though, but when I started the decrease rows, I knew I didn't have enough yarn. Why did I keep knitting? Where were the magical yarn fairies that save you from yourself & magically add yarn to the end of the skein so that all the hard work wouldn't be in vain? For future reference .. magical yarn fairies don't exist .. at least not at my house.

Currently my hat looks like this:

And here is how much yarn is left with 410 stitches to knit!

In my situtation, what would you do? Frog & reknit it in a tighter gauge (and start with the correct needle size) OR.. order more yarn knowing that it won't arrive in time to give your gift to the recipient on Sunday? Is this a sign that my SIL wouldn't like the hat anyway & I should go with plan B?


Carole said...

It looks awfully big. I'd start over. Sorry, I'm sure that's not what you want to hear.

Marlene said...

Frog it. Darn. I know that's not what you want to hear, but I think it is what needs to be done. Before you rip-it, rip-it though, remember to carefully measure the gauge you are getting now.

Laura said...

Time to go stash diving.

Dig into your stash, find 2 new colors, and finish the hat with those.

flutter said...

order more yarn, and give a picture on sunday.

Judy said...

It does look sort of big...

I'd try it on, and if it isn't too big or if I could fluff my hair up enough to make it fit, I'd order more yarn. If it ends up down around my nose, big hair notwithstanding, I'd frog it.

It looks really cool!

Yarn It said...

I'm with Judy. Great job, though! It looks fantastic!

Amber said...

Wow, it looks awesome! Your stitches are so even and perfect! It does look big though, so if that's the case, I think I'd frog and go down a needle size. :-( I'm sure your SIL will love it (I know I would), and will understand about it not being ready on Sunday.