Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Daily Skein Is My New Best Friend

Betcha didn't know that, did you, Cailyn?

I'm not actually trying to spook the lady, who writes very engaging posts over at The Daily Skein. I just want to give her props for saving a knitter in trouble. Namely me.

She and I apparently have what is either a total knitting kismet-thing going on, or else we just both like Knit Picks. (Okay, probably the latter, but I just like the word kismet.) Total coincidence here: I totally fell in love with the Estes Vest from the Fall '08 Interweave Knits. I am a cheap lady, so as soon as I decided must have, must have, I dashed on over to Knit Picks for an affordable yarn substitute. I settled on Wool of the Andes Bulky, in Scuba.

I totally and completely did my math wrong and only ordered five skeins instead of six. I'm smart like that.

About the time I realized this, I happened across a blog post from The Daily Skein. I knit her Albuquerque Gloves (and have been pimping them ever since) this summer, and haven't been reading all that long. But lo and behold, guess who was knitting the exact same pattern -- in the exact same yarn -- ordered at exactly the same time?

A quick email and a friendly sale and I now have enough yarn in the same dye lot to finish the pattern and add an inch or two to the length, as several others have chosen to do.

Thanks, lady. You really saved me there.

By the way... I'm knitting these on those self-same 10.5 Boye Needlemaster needles that my blue suede love seat has developed such an appetite for. Just to show how you can make just about all things work for the best, I'm using the spare 10.5 needle as a cable needle, along with my two replacements, to knit this piece. I never use cable needles, either, but I couldn't get gauge without.

It's all about the love seat, I'm telling you.


Octopus Knits said...

That's great!

Gena said...

Ooo, I love that vest, too! It's on my short list of stuff to make eventually.

Cailyn said...
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Cailyn said...

Glad I could help! Kismet is a fun word. The vest is looking great. And, despite its alarming habit of eating needles, that love seat looks like a really comfy place to knit.
(sorry about deleting the above comment... I messed up the name/link thing, and it wouldn't let me edit!)

Erin said...

I bought yarn for this one too. I did a swatch but that is about it. Can't wait to see how yours turns out.