NOT Eye Candy

Let me tell you, my friends: casting on 409 stitches is nothing compared to binding them off! Oh. my. God! It took me hours! But the border (or, more accurately, half of the total border) is done!

I wound the long, thin strip of fabric into a little rosette.

So pretty!

Now, the question on everyone’s mind… well, at least mine :). Will my seemingly-endless ball of yarn, though certainly dwindling as of late, last me the entire shawl? Or will I need to dip into the second skein, untouched at the moment?

First, let’s weigh the border:

Eighteen grams, on the dot.

Now, the moment of truth – the leftover skein:

Le sigh. So close, and yet, not close at all.

I’m off to wind the second skein, all 1250 yards of it, only to use a mere fraction. Just a small inconvenience, really. Imagine the annoyance I would be feeling if I hadn’t bought two skeins outright (from the marvelous Birds ‘n Yarn), and now had to go hunting for matching dye lots, etc. Now that would be a travesty!


25 thoughts on “NOT Eye Candy

  1. Becky

    Cup half full approach: You don’t feel guilty for having bought the 2nd skein, and now you have plenty of yarn to make a scarf or small shawl with the leftovers 😉

  2. Robin

    A travesty and a potentially futile search as well, considering how mismatched skeins can be in the same LL dyelot.

  3. TracyKM

    Can you wind off just how much you need? Make sure to mark how much is left 🙂 (I know YOU will, but I’d be thinking “I won’t forget something like this”…)

  4. Claire

    Geeez. I bound off 195 stitches yesterday and it felt like I was binding off for HOURS. I can’t even imagine how long it seemed to you!

  5. Renee

    Why wind all of it? I’d just wind a bit of it, and leave the rest of it in the hank for another day if it were me.

  6. Miranda

    Could you knit off the swift, to preserve the hank of yarn, then twist it up afterwards?

    I realize this limits your portability, unless you have a very well-behaved dog you can attach the swift to, but I’m suddenly taken with the idea of you not having to wind the other skein.

  7. P J Evans

    Um, 1250 yards … not *too* long with a swift and a ball winder. (I wound a couple of thousand today.) Of course it would be better to have the yarn be extra rather than short, but Murphy has other plans sometimes.

  8. =Tamar

    Besides knitting the other half of the border, you’ll need some of the yarn to sew it all together.

    Now that would bother me – how long a strand to use? Or do I/you use short lengths and hide lots of ends? Or would it be better to crochet it together? No wonder people knit borders on.

  9. Erica

    I see another shawl in your futre. Or perhaps a scarf with the lovely leftover yarn. Enjoy the pleasure of having enough yarn. Great planning!

  10. East of Weston

    Is there a reason for knitting the border separately and then sewing it on? I’ve always done knitted on borders for Shetland style shawls. There is a pattern my mother has been admiring with a sewn on border, but I was just going to adapt it to knit on.

    Am I crazy?

  11. Allison

    Wow, 409 stitches! What method did you use? I can only imagine doing long-tail and running out of the loose strand countless times… Beautiful project.

  12. Allison

    Wow, 409 stitches! What cast-on method did you use? I can only imagine using long-tail and running out of the loose strand countless times… Beautful project, by the way!

  13. Seanna Lea

    The rosette of border is gorgeous!

    You definitely have more forethought than I. I would have bought a single skein and desperately tried to get the shawl done with it come hell or high water!

  14. charli

    I was just wondering why you didn’t opt to knit on the border. I’m sure you have a good reason, and I was hoping to know what it is!

    Thanks so much. I love your blog. I’ve learned a TON from you!

  15. Heather Outside Boston

    Your posts about scales is why I have a scale (even though I told Husbeast it was for kitchen stuff).

    The shawl is gorgeous, and you’ll have plenty left over yarn for another (smaller project). Will you actually wind all 1250 yards, or just weigh out what you need?

  16. Mary Lynn

    Just finished a shawl, a tad shorter than I would have preferred but I didn’t want to “dig into” another skein. Finished it a week before the wedding for which I was wearing it.

    Alas, I think I will take out the bind off and add a couple more inches.

    I might consider just winding some of the yarn and not all of it. On the other hand, I know that I would end up having to wind all of it anyway. Soooo.

  17. Heather

    I used the scale/weighing technique to divide a skein of yarn into two for a pair of socks. It worked beautifully and impressed my husband, who the socks are for. Thanks for sharing that idea!

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