Last night I went to bed with the Icy Rivulet pattern. Pretty exciting, huh? The challenge for the Camp Loopy Project 3 is to do something that uses 800 yards of yarn. When choosing a pattern, my goal was to get something I like but something that is “do-able” within a month. What was I thinking?
As I was reading the pattern last night, I first wanted to make sure I had the right size needles and know where they are.
I got out of bed, searched my needle box. No, I do not have this size needle. I have 2.5 that is 24″ long. I checked my ChiaoGoo set and even though the website says the small cables are 24″, 32″ and 40″, mine are 14″, 22″ and 30″. Not a problem . . I have a connector so I can hook together either the 22″ and 14″ to have 36″ or I can use the 30″ and the 14″ to have 44″. But . . the smallest tips are 2.75. Just a tad larger than the suggested 2.5 but I’m not going to worry about that. I’ll use the 2.75 or I may go up to a size 3 for my yarn. With either size, using 800 yards in one month on those sized needles isn’t going to be easy. For a moment, I thought of ordering the right sized needle but decided I would make it work with what I have. That’s good, huh?
The next issue is the yardage. I have three skeins of Madelinetosh Pashmina so that’s 1080 yards. I only have to use 800 yards.
If I use a bit larger needle, the large size requires 991 yards. Right at 90 yards extra is a good bit . . but is it enough? The medium size uses 757 yards. I only need to use 43 more yards and it would meet the requirements.
Oh, my . . this is a real problem. Tubular cast-on . . never heard of it. I’ll watch some videos and see what I think. I can use any cast on method but I’m happy to learn a new method if I can figure it out.
Another problem! Fake tubular bind-off. Never heard of that either. That’s the last step . . assuming I get that far. I’m not even going to think of that til the end.
Kristina Vilimaite, the designer, must be a math major! She gives very good instructions and formulas for making your project a custom size. The Medium has 20 repeats and the Large has 26 repeats. I think I’m going to make mine have 22 repeats and add a couple of extra rows to the ribbing. That will guarantee that I will use the full 800 yards.
Because I love math and love calculating everything to death, I figured that this pattern has about 96 rows to be knitted. If I do 4 rows per day, that will get me finished by about August 24 . . with time to spare. Since there are about 1 million stitches on the needles (not really but it’s going to be more than I’ve ever worked with), I figure it will take about an hour to do each row. Four hours per day of knitting . . that’s going to be challenging!
I briefly thought of heading back to the Ravelry drawing board . . so to speak . . and finding a different pattern but I really love this one. It seems very well written and it isn’t hard . . it’s just going to be a lot of knitting so I’m sticking with it.
It bugs the heck out of me for people to complain about a challenge being challenging so if you think I’m complaining . . I’m not. I’m just venting and there is a difference, though Vince cannot grasp that concept! 🙂
Seriously, a challenge is to “challenge” the participants and this year’s camp has been good for me. I tend to get in a rut and stay there. How many pairs of plain Jane socks have I made? They’re easy and they’re not challenging. So far, I’ve learned to do cable cast-on and picot edged bind off. Those are good things to know and learning new stitches or techniques is fun.
By the time this project is done, I will hopefully know how to do a tubular cast-on and a fake tubular bind-off. I think I thought about it all enough last night. I’m not going to think about it any more til Monday. That will still give me several days to re-read the instructions, watch a few videos and figure out a plan.