ooops, a slight miscalculation!
In the spirit of sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, I'm gonna tell you the story of The Wrap That Grew. (Rena, if you are reading, insert chuckle now!)
Contrary to popular opinion I am not perfect (only 97.5% perfect) and occasionally I do make mistakes (about 1 in a million).
This wrap started out life as several balls of furry silk yarn from Lincraft. With 90% silk how could I resist them? In a variegated pink/warm brown, a generous meterage and a lovely drape, I knew they would an excellent addition to my stash.
Then, the perfect project presented itself and out they came. I started my usual pre-commencement routine: what stitch, what pattern, what needles, what technique? This can take me ages. And I often change my mind. Eventually I settled on garter, none, circular, knitting. No surprises there.
I cast lots of stitches (hundreds) and started knitting. And knitting. And knitting. I soon discovered the yarn had lots of joins in it. (It is too much to ask for some quality control at the mill/factory/ yarn-making place?) And, the furry-ness of the yarn meant you didn't disover the join until you had almost knitted it in. Bugger, lots of weaving in ends later and that's my least favourite bit. Who likes weaving in ends?
Finally, last Thursday night I finished! Ta da! Now I had time to weave in ends and wrap and post on Saturday. This wrap was destined for someone special in America.
But my elation at finishing was short lived. As I cast off the circular needles the true length of the wrap was revealed. (That's the only downside of knitting stuff lenghtways on circular needles. You really can't determine its length as it's all bunched up on the needles.) As I was knitting I think I had an inkling about this cause each row seemed to take an eternity. But I'd perservered. However it soon be came apparent that the wrap was way too long. Over 3 metres or 120 inches to be precise. It's intended recipient would have to be 8 feet tall to wear it. Or wrap herself in it like an Egyptian mummy.
The upside is that this exercise confirmed that the yarn does have lovely drape. It's very light. And lovely and warm. So, back to the drawing board...
I hope that each time she wears the (new) wrap or when I think of her wearing it, we'll both chuckle and think of The Wrap that Grew! And Grew.