Knitting Confessions #2


This post is a link up which was initiated by Brandy from the blog Stitched up in Toronto. As she so well described this idea:

Like most things in the world, knitting has a set of rules and conventions. Sometimes, we knitters break them. This is my knitting confession.

So here is my second knitting confession:

I make horrible yardage estimations

I get excited about picking out new patterns, I get excited about picking nice yarn for the new pattern, I don’t get very excited to do the maths for how much yarn I need. In dutch we would call what I do ‘natte vinger werk’, which means guesswork (but disturbingly would literally translate into ‘wet finger work’, don’t ask). I’ll see a pattern and think, “hmmm, this looks like it might need 4 skeins, so lets buy 4 skeins”.

It’s quite a vital part of planning your knitting, because if neglected you will end up with either useless leftovers or a shortage. And that is what usually will happen, although I have to say I am often quite lucky and everything works out. But I am trying to better myself and there’s been a few projects now where I first checked the pattern and actually did make careful decisions, so there is hope for me yet!

How about you, do you have any confessing to do?

4 thoughts on “Knitting Confessions #2

  1. oooo, I’ve been burned quite a few times, too—-! I’m a pretty slow learner, though, so still usually ‘guess’….(can you believe I have about 1000 yds too much estimated on a blanket I’m making????? WHAT was I thinking? Now, I guess I’ll have a matching sweater.)

    • Just see that 1000 extra yds as a newfound gift to yourself! Every blanket needs a matching sweater 🙂

      I’m glad I’m not the only one to which this confession applies!

  2. I’ve never had a shortage, but I’ve ended up with lots of unexpected leftovers before – and I’m not even one of those people who buys an extra skein “just in case”!

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