I don’t know about you, but I have a revolving door of works-in-progress. Sometimes I get very excited about a project and finish it right away. Other times I put it down to work on another project and will finish it later. Other times I will get halfway through a project, set it down, and never pick it up again (I’m looking at you, cross-stitched wedding gift for my friend’s sister whose wedding was TWO YEARS AGO. I HAVE SO MUCH SHAME).
Back in April I purchased Lion Brand Homespun yarn for one of their free patterns, a simple crochet shrug. I picked up my crochet needle, tried working with the yarn and thought, “WAH THIS YARN IS HARD TO WORK WITH.” Then I set it down and never picked it up again for five months.
Two weeks ago, I stared at my basket of overflowing basket of yarn and thought, ok. I need to do something about this before Boyfriend puts me on Hoarders. So I dug through my pattern file, pulled out the crochet shrug pattern, and collected the balls of yarn I’d need. This time I didn’t have an issue with the Homespun yarn’s texture and was able to work with it easily. I got halfway through the project when I realized I had several problems:
- I get really cheap when I purchase yarn for a project, so I usually don’t buy all the yarn I need for a project all at once. Ergo, now I was out of yarn.
- The pattern stated that the piece would be worked up as an open fabric, but my project instead was turning out to be really bulky and thick.
- My dog decided that my project was really his blanket and invited himself to snuggle in it whenever he wanted.
When I went to the craft store to purchase more yarn, I couldn’t find any of the dye lot that I had used to begin the project. Which is to be expected when you initially shop for yarn five months before. Crossing my fingers, I brought the yarn home and started working on my project. I immediately realized I had another problem besides the different dye lot- the new yarn I’d bought seemed to be a lot thinner than what I initially used. Sighing, I bound off the little project and handed it to my dog.
“Here you go,” I said. I don’t think he was upset that I had messed up my project as he snuggled in the blanket and fell asleep.
It wasn’t until I was examining the yarn labels that I realized my real error. I had bought Homespun Thick and Quick back in April, and that is what I’d used to start my project. The yarn I brought recently was just Homespun, which is what I originally should have bought in the first place. No wonder the project was working up to be so bulky.
So lesson learned. Not only should I purchase all the yarn I need for a project at one time since different dye lots CAN make a difference with a project, I should actually, you know, purchase the correct type of yarn for the project.
Not that Apollo is complaining!