This is how close to finished I was on Picovoli when I ran out of yarn. I guess I will be wearing something else to Easter dinner tomorrow...
Readers of this blog know that Picovoli was frogged once already. This was a good decision. The fit, knitted on a smaller needle, is much better. Being a petite girl, but still built like a woman, I'm not the easiest fit on top, but one is a winner. Despite the fact that knitting the picots on a smaller needle, they still roll a big, but I think this is (everybody all together know...) will block out. However, we all know that using a smaller needle uses more yarn. Ach!
Being a woman who has had two cesaerean sections, I cannot skimp on length on sweaters. I have done this before (on my Soleil sweater, for example), and every time I wear it, I spend all my time tugging the bottom of the sweater. Resolved to have a tug-free fit, and taking advantage of the top-down construction of this sweater (love that!), I know I still have to knit another inch or so, and then do the picot hem. Also, the sleeve caps are obviously unfinished too.
I purchased the yarn at Sophie's downtown, on my last shopping day downtown with my sister. However, it is, as I have said before, pretty inconvenient for me to get downtown. And there are no scheduled jaunts to the city in the next few weeks or so due to calendar stuff -- just too busy to run downtown for ONE BALL OF YARN. So, I began to call various LYS in the vast Philly 'burbs in which I languish to find one lone ball of Cascade Pima Silk. One yarn shop owner had a few balls, not in my color, she regrettfully and kindly said. One place didn't carry it, but wanted to know if I liked it, even suggested places online where I could order it.
One place I called was so, umm, well...here's the conversation:
"Do you carry Cascade Pima Silk?"
"Have you ever been here before?"
"Um, yes...I know you carry some Cascade Yarns."
"Well, then you know I have a lot of yarn."
"Yes, but do you carry Pima Silk? I need one ball to finish my sweater."
"You know, I have no way of knowing if I carry that or not. You'll just have to come in and search, I guess."
YOU HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING? EVER HEARD OF INVENTORY??? It is not as if this is the first time that this LONG TIME LYS has ever gotten this question from a desperate knitter...
Of course, I could have googled, and ordered online, but I am on a bit of a yarn diet for the rest of the month, and I have a hard time justifying shipping charges on one lone ball of yarn. So had I ordered it online, let's just say a few more skeins would have to have made it into the stash...
But...this story has a hero, as all good stories do. I called Sophie's downtown. The had another ball. So my sister, the ultimate non-knitting knitting enabler in my life, who lives in downtown Philly, stopped by the yarn shop to pick up another ball for me. And then called me to assure me that the ball of yarn was in her possession, and that she would bring it with her for Easter weekend. Is she the best or what?
And her reward for her knitting enabling? Something knitted with this:
I also wanted to thank the fabulous Yarn Harlot who have me and my Sitcom Chic and nice shout-out on her blog. That's me grinning like an idiot in one of the traveling sock pictures.