Monday, July 06, 2009

the never ending ball of yarn

I finally got around to a long-neglected WIP - the Montego Bay scarf I started eons ago. (I needed portable knitting, and my sock mojo has not returned). It's a lovely wool-silk laceweight blend, bought at either the Knitter's Frolic or the Kitchener Knitter's Fair, 2 or 3 years ago, and a forgotten booth (Maybe Grand River Yarns?) I started the scarf pattern that came with it, but didn't like the way the colourway as forming rigid criss-cross patterns, so I ripped it and started the Montego Bay - a great, easily remembered pattern, a perfect foil for a chart heavy, row counting sweater.
I planned on knitting this until the ball of wool ran out, since a half-ball of laceweight is useless. The problem is, this ball of wool Will. Not. End. It does not grow smaller, even though the scarf grows. (when I picked this up again, the ball was about half gone (it seemed) and I had about 12 inches of scarf). The ball is still half gone, and I now have about 4 feet of scarf. I knit and knit, and the ball stays the same.

Why doesn't this happen with sweaters where I'm never sure if I have enough yarn?

and the flooring job at the cottage? Awesome. The crew of guys arrived at 8am Saturday, and after having breakfast, got right to work. They got all the subflooring in (a HUGE job, and about 80% of the laminate down before we made them quit to get in some fishing and relaxing time before dinner. Sunday, they did a little more, and cleaned up the place incredibly well. I love these guys, and we're going to have them back (and hopefully their families) for a NON-work weekend to thank them.

Just awesome!

8 comments:

Lucky Canuck said...

From previous post - sweater is spectacular!!!!

Needles said...

I love yarn like that. And hate it at the same time.

TracyKM said...

I was reading another blog and she also had a long-forgotten Montego Bay scarf on the go. Then I remembered that I have one too! Then I realized I got so bored I ripped it out! I had been excited to have the actual yarn for the pattern, for once, and I couldn't even withstand 6" of the pattern, LOL, and couldn't even remember that I had already given up! LOL. I'd go absolutely bonkers with your yarn!!

Linda said...

I know exactly what you mean about the yarn never disappearing. I tried a lace weight Montego Bay scarf - cashmere - and could. not. do. it. Rip. Yours looks great, BTW. Maybe you need some coordinating lacy wristers or fingerless gloves ....?

Acorn to Oak said...

Your story of the never ending yarn made me laugh. lol The scarf is very pretty. It looks thin and squishy so maybe with an extra long scarf you'll be able to drape it loosely like a cowl for a splash of color and texture.

KnitTech said...

If you can figure out how to work that never ending ball into other skeins, you'd be rich!

Carol said...

And then suddenly you will find the end of the yarn and wonder WTH?

Carol said...

And then suddenly you will find the end of the yarn and wonder WTH?