I thought it was about time I put my twisty yarn around needles antics towards making something wholly encompassing and warm â€“ a new sweater. Itâ€™s something that I always meant to do but never actually got around to doing â€“ too much risk, too much time, too big a chance of failure. But, then, I had some yarn. About a simple, not too long sweaterâ€™s worth of heavily discounted, slightly strange yarn.
Itâ€™s taken me a while to find the right pattern â€“ something that I have enough yarn for and that I donâ€™t hate were the only two criteria, but they were surprisingly difficult conditions to fill. Eventually I settled on the â€˜Yoke Detail Sweaterâ€™ from the Spring/Summer 2009 Debbie Bliss Magazine, and cast on.
I didnâ€™t like the rolled stockinette edges, so I replaced those with some mistake rib rows and then knit happily on, checking and re-checking gauge. 24 sts per 4â€³ â€“ perfect. I am spot on target, knit, knit, knit. Recheck: still 24 perfect stitches per perfects 4â€³. Perfect, perfect. I just need a perfect 30 rows per perfect 4â€³ to be perfectly perfectâ€¦ But I am getting 36.
I donâ€™t know why my row gauge is so off. Iâ€™d feel quite confident in adding the extra rows to make up the length, but I know that this will leave me too short on yarn, and as Rowan Soft Baby, in a shade described so aptly by HarleenQuinzel to be â€œjust about the color of glow-in-the-dark stuff when it is not glowingâ€ is long since discontinued, there is pretty much nil chance of me being able to get more.
I feel really quite disheartened, but I suppose it was just not meant to be. Curse my stupid short fat stitches!