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Update to ‘Here’s some knitting yo” and also some math

You can see the precursor to this post in the post below this one. That’s a mouthful of a sentence.
Ehh, you’re all smart. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

FIRST OFF: If you are knitting the Dorthe Skappel sweater, check out some of the math I did at the end of this post for yardage ( I did it in meters but I don’t know the word for it. Meterage? That doesn’t sound like a word….)

Ok, UPDATE: I’ve decided to keep plugging away at it. I’m trying really hard to find the ombre match in each ball of yarn, cutting my current working yarn and tying on the next colour. It’s painful but it’s working!

I’ve decided that the ‘back’ I already knit will now become the front and I will turn this new messterpiece into the new back. This new piece is better anyway because the ribbing at the bottom seems thicker so it gives it the illusion that it’s longer than it really is. The pattern recommends making the back longer, which is the case in most of my clothes anyway.

I will have to undo the bind-off and tie on some new yarn to turn the old back into the front to add on the shoulders and neckline but it should be easy enough. I still have that ball of yarn I left off with.

The new back is on the right in each photo. Mmm candy corn.

That brighter patch you see on the new back piece is a patch of sunlight.
If you wondered, I have cut and tied three times so far, possibly four. The first one counts because I had to roll open a ball of yarn to find the right colour to start the ribbing with. It’s a tad bit darker, but you can’t tell in person. I had to just go with it because I knew I would never stick to this and it would just be an unfinished project that turns into a dog blanket.

So, now I have three and like, 1/3 balls of yarn lying about and I’m starting to wonder if I will have a ton left over.
Let’s do some math! Ewwwwww

The pattern calls for a grand whopping total of 2310m of yarn combined (both types of yarn used is this max total). 8 balls of 175m + 7 balls of 130m = 2310m. Ya?

SO;

If I were to only use ONE type of yarn, like I am doing, then I only need 1400m of yarn (I’m going with 8balls at 175m here because not having enough would suuuuuck).

I bought 4 balls of this Lion Brand stuff at 473m each and it totals 1892m. So I will have almost 2 balls left over! This turned out well because I will have to tear into each ball to get my ombre’s to match up.

Now, I suspect that next time I make this sweater -which I will- with lace yarn, I will just get 7 balls of 130m so I will only need 910m of yarn to make this sweater.

NINE  HUNDRED AND TEN.

That is all.
Like, wtf you guys.
I’m gonna have about 982m of yarn left over. That’s definitely 2 balls and a bit extra. It’s too bad we have a gas fireplace cause it’s encased in a glass front, otherwise I would throw this extra shit right the fuck in there.

So anyway,  I am definitely making this sweater again and definitely telling you guys what the bare minimum you’re gonna need is.

Omg. Imagine if I went with like, 60 cast on instead of 80 holy shit….

BTW, I am totally holding copyright on the word messterpiece. It’s mine. I made it up. Don’t even tell me if you’ve heard it before cause you didn’t. I won’t believe you cause I made it up just now I did it it’s mine goodbye.

 

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Dead or Dark?!

Dark (Dead!? I haven’t decided!) Alice’s dress.

After I made it I dyed it in a 2 part process. It’s got a subtle ombre effect and is a blueish purple. It has Swarovski crystals scattered at the waist.
It ties in the back with ribbons. I didn’t want to use metal clasps or buttons on the delicate fabric and this is a bit more in keeping with the era.
I will be making her a jacket or a shrug or something too, as the strapless gown is a bit too mature and risque.

I ordered her a pair of granny boots too!

If you want to see the picture bigger just right click and open in a new tab.
 collage
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