When I finished the second sleeve (which went quicker than the first), I was so happy. With all the pieces completed, I could finally join the sleeves to the body. At long last, I had reached the yoke–so very exciting! (see photo below).
With about 220 stitches, getting through one row is rather slow-going. Still, I’m enjoying the twisted ribbing pattern–a very nice detail (pictured below)–and a change from the miles of stocking stitch.
Slowly but surely, I’m getting through the yoke–maybe about 4 inches left till I reach the collar.
Then I discover something odd: after I joined the sleeves, there were only two balls left. Something twinged in my gut, but I ignored it. As I continued on the yoke, one ball disappeared quickly. Something was amiss. How could I finish the yoke and the button bands with only one ball? A knitter’s worst nightmare: not enough yarn! Could it be? What happened?!
Originally I had calculated with pencil and paper the amount of yarn needed. While Solid Softee Chunky has 180 yards, the Softee Chunky Twists has 128 yards (so I knew I’d need more balls than called for in pattern). I looked over my original calculation and discovered a mistake (why did I add when I should have multiplied?)! Ugh! Have I mentioned that I’m math-impaired (maybe that explains my math phobia)? Thankfully, more yarn is coming. And I’ve learned two important lessons:
1) Always use a calculator. Then double-check your figures. There is no shame in checking it twice (or three times).
2) We’re all human. We all make mistakes.
So my advice to me: Take a deep breath. And relax. More yarn is coming. And then think about how cute that cardigan is gonna be when its finished.
Live and learn.