Err On the Safe Side

I am a chronic yarn-yardage-over-estimator. Chronic. Remember my Mermaid sweater? Three balls left over (that would be 600 yards). The Tea Leaves Cardigan? Three balls (another 600 yards). Wispy Cardy? One ball extra (that would be one-third more than I needed!) And I have done it again.

In retrospect, I am not sure what I was thinking. The pattern clearly calls for 1545 yards for the large size. I substituted Knit Picks Cotlin for the reccomended Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, because I wanted to use something machine washable and I love Cotlin. At 123 yards a ball, I should have ordered 12.5 balls, or really 13, of Cotlin. I ordered fifteen. Do you want to guess how much I have left? Not two balls, not three, but five whole balls of Cotlin in Coffee:

Now, I don’t know quite how this happened. There is also another partial ball, which I only got into for the seaming. So, I used approximately 1250 yards, after ordering a whopping 1845 yards. I guess math is not my strong point.

My motto? To err is human, to have lots of extra yarn at the end of a project, divine.

And, yes, I am finished with the knitting on this project. All I have remaining is the dreaded zipper installation. A task which reduces me to a pile of teary hopelessness in the best of circumstances. Pray for me….

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