Saturday, March 06, 2010

where did the time go?

yarn for BSJ

Oh dear, it's March already!

It's been such a cold, gray, wet winter that I must have been fooling myself that it was still January or something. Today it's bright and sunny, and I ventured out into the garden for the first time this year (I can't even believe I'm saying this). There is so much to do! We haven't even set up the greenhouse yet! What will we eat this spring?

Of course, cold wet weather is perfect for both knitting and reading, which I've been doing plenty of. I'm working my way through a stack of Elizabeth Zimmerman's books, and they have me itching to knit big wooly things for me and HWWLLB.

I'm also knitting a Baby Surprise Jacket for the Little Pea (who else?). It's a totally addictive little knit, and I find myself unable to put it down. Unfortunately, I may be unable to finish it...


With at least 2/3 of the knitting done, I'm running out of yarn. This was supposed to be one of those fabulous projects where I use up a bunch of stash yarn - in this case some Cascade Siera left over from a long-ago project. I keep having to get up and rifle through the stash to find just one more little scrappy ball hiding in a corner... but I fear I am out of scrappy balls, and this sweater is not done. Now I must do the unthinkable, and buy a skein of yarn to finish the last few inches of a scrap yarn project.

HWWLLB does not understand what an utter defeat this is, and keeps saying, "Just go over to the yarn store!" Go to the yarn store??? Now I'll wind up spending $50 and coming home with a big bag of yarn I don't really need, to finish this one little scrap yarn project. Ah, well - there are worse problems to have. Like no lettuce this spring. The garden to-do list is calls!


  1. I totally feel your pain - when a wonderfully stash-busting project turns into an expensive need for more yarn!
    Do you know which EZ book has the baby surprise jacket pattern in it? I am not on ravelry so do not have access to the pattern.

  2. Melinda: it's in The Opinionated Knitter, and I think it's also one of the projects in her Knitting Workshop DVD.

  3. I have the same sort of thing happen with my stash busting weaving. I had to buy some weft yarns for the current project on the loom because there was not enough of any one yarn to make a complete shawl. Oh well.

  4. I feel your pain. Can you do the last few inches / trim in a third related color or white? That would save you the temptation of your LYS.


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