Playing chicken

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Knitters might take a guess at what ‘Playing Chicken’ means. Others might just think I am as mad as a snake and log off now …

So, my last post showed this gorgeous green glittery yarn and a plain green yarn together, mentioning I was going to add a little sparkle to January and beyond Christmas. Well, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I have been progressing speedily with a jumper, the back and front finished, cuffed sleeve too. Now I realise I will may run out of yarn. I am carrying on knitting without knowing if I will have enough to finish it – otherwise known as ‘Playing Yarn Chicken’. The idea of continuing to use up my yarn stash was so attractive, I thought I had enough. I am knitting two strands together to make the correct yarn weight. Solution might be to undo part of the one finished full length sleeve and make two three-quarter length sleeves. Do you know how difficult this yarn is to disentangle? It’s wool, alpaca and a synthetic fibre. The wool and alpaca fluffs and grabs onto each other on it’s own strand as you knit, let alone how it clings onto the second strand. It’s a nightmare! Of course, the yarn is discontinued and I can’t get any more despite scanning the web for supplies, including from other’s stashes listed on knitting community sites. This could be a difficult lesson learned. I still need sparkle in my life though, so I shall continue with fingers crossed, though not when actually knitting!

Photo taken in the evening in poor light, compared to the daytime one from the last blog post!

I have also been doing a little sewing for a family member who is soon to be 2. Oh to be an innocent age! I have been reliably informed that 2 year olds still play with rag dolls. My take on it is that a sleepy ragdoll (with her eyes shut and a quilt) may help bedtime routines!

Love to see what other crafters are up to. January, dark, dreary, we need to ‘do’ nice things to make the days go quicker!

13 thoughts on “Playing chicken

    ReginaMary said:
    January 21, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    I can relate. I have tried to undo wool and mohair after they were knit together. What a hassle.

    quiteayarnblog said:
    January 22, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Your sweater looks great – very sparkly! I have tried to undo sticky yarn like that – not fun. I love the little doll and her quilt!

      tinaor responded:
      January 22, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you. I have memories of undoing something mohair-ish years ago. I ended up with loads of little balls of yarn and when reknit, loads of ends to sew in … !

    handmade habit said:
    January 23, 2021 at 5:47 am

    I hope the yarn chicken ends in this beautiful sweater’s favour, Tina! Let me know if I can be of yarn-searching help, this side of the pond. And what a lovely little rag doll — the quilt is such a fun added touch and the colours are cheerful. I’m sure she/he will love it!

      tinaor responded:
      January 25, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you handmadehabit . I may have sourced some of the reflective yarn on an auction site – or at least some so close in shade it might work if necessary. Unless it arrives and looks nothing like the photograph! So kind of you. x

    Olivia said:
    January 25, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Every single project I do I play Yarn Chicken. Most times I need more. It’s just the way. What can you do? Just carry on. Lol

      tinaor responded:
      January 25, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      Olivia, I don’t feel so bad when others do the same as I have done! Thanks for admitting to yarn chicken too! I usually do the opposite – over purchase just that one more ball ‘in case I need it’ – thus I have been known to have a stash of odd yarn balls!

    saltwaterhillknits said:
    January 25, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    ah yes, I’ve played Yarn Chicken before — a game of strategy and deception 😉

      tinaor responded:
      January 25, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      Ha ha yes – deception indeed – the last ball ‘seemed’ to be less in length than all the others too. I know manufacturers say approx length but it was rather odd that one ball was several metres shorter than five others …

    nanacathy2 said:
    January 27, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I do hope you won at yran chicken- it’s a very pretty yarn. What a smashing rag doll too.

      tinaor responded:
      January 28, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you nanacathy. I ‘chickened out’ – sourced some other yarn that hopefully (fingers crossed with bells on) may compliment the yarn I have used and I can finish the jumper. I just couldn’t start ripping back the finished sleeve and de-tangling the two strands (of 2 strands each). If this new yarn is no good I will still have to go back to Plan A – wish me luck!

    Beads and Barnacles said:
    January 29, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Ooh the sparkly jumper looks great. Fingers crossed that you manage to finish the sleeve.
    I just lost, spectacularly, at yarn chicken and reliably the wool is out of stock atm. But hopefully not discontinued.

      tinaor responded:
      January 30, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you and good luck with yours!

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