Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sometimes, the yarn just doesn't work.

I mentioned yesterday that the swatches for my Herbology O.W.L. just didn't work. You see, Saturday (once I was awake in the evening), I got my working copy of my pattern all set to go, and started to swatch.

I realized pretty quickly that the needles the yarn wanted weren't going to give me anything close to gauge, so I went up... and up... and finally hit size 9s. With sport weight yarn.

From a distance, it doesn't look too bad, not really. But up close... well... the moss stitch looks great. Stunning, even. But moss stitch is not the point of this sweater; it's the cables.

See? the cables... just kinda wash out. And on the big swatch, after about ten rows...

... I could tell that it just wasn't going to work. So, I'm going to check my stash (just in case) for 2800 yards of something that might work just as well, and if not, I'll be hunting down some more Caron Super Soft Chunky in the "Ocean" colorway, since six skeins of that isn't enough.

(And yeah, if I haven't found anything by midnight tonight, I'm hitting Fibre Space tomorrow, just in case the Perfect Yarn is hiding there!)

The good news? I have a whole extra day to get things up and running! This got posted at HPKCHC at the beginning of the week:
Good evening, Slytherins!

O.W.L. guidelines for Fall Term 2010 will be published on Aug. 26th. Due to a Time Turner malfunction, the O.W.L. Examiners will not be available to accept O.W.L. proposals until Sept. 2nd. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but hope students will make good use of the extra 24 hours to review their spells and wand work and begin crafting for their regular classes. Good luck with your studies this coming term!
I will, of course, let you know what further Yarn Drama ensues.

1 comment:

  1. The Ocean Wave is a beautiful color. I used that in Greg's blanket.


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