Help An Olympic Pal
August 11, 2008
Kind of a good news/bad news situation here in the New York outpost of Ravelympics Team Afghans for Afghans.
Good news: I love this pattern (Pie Man from Rowan’s hoary Tadpoles and Tiddlers of 1995) as much as I did during my Olympic training, i.e., 6 or 7 years ago when I knit it the first time.
Bad news: When I went to the stash, I learned that I only had 6 skeins and a little of the red Magpie, whereas the size I was planning to knit calls for 7 skeins.
Good news: Children were so much bigger in 1995 that the finished dimensions of the Size 3-4 years are bigger, in both length and girth, than any garment belonging to my boy, who will turn 10 in October. Although I am troubled by the shrinkage of children in the past 13 years, I am prepared to be OK about that if it means I can finish this sweater with only 6 skeins of Magpie. (What 3-4 year old wears a 32 inch chest, I ask you? For a toddler, that is a life-threatening amount of ease.)
Nervous news: Having finished the first skein, I am only halfway done with the back. This means the back and front will take most of 4 skeins, leaving only 2 skeins-and-a-little for both sleeves. Not sure I will be able to get 2 circa 1995 sleeves (o, the flappage we enjoyed in the latter days of the 20th century) out of 2 skeins and change.
So I’m looking for someone to be the Jason Lezak to my Michael Phelps. If Jason Lezak had a skein of discontinued Rowan Magpie, in Shade 684 (“Berry”), he would totally swap it with Michael Phelps.
In return, in addition to a square swap for your Magpie, I promise not to strip to the waist and scream at you like a wild man. Frankly I think the not-stripping deal is worth a hank of Magpie all by itself.
Please email me, Magpie owner. I know you’re out there. They made a lot of this stuff. Somebody’s got it.
PS Plan B is to call the back the front and work the new back and/or the sleeves plain, without the heavy cabling. My question: would this really save much yarn? Bueller?