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January 19, 2006

Helping Hands

To those who offered suggestions on how how to bind-off my toe-up sock -- thank you! I'm going to try your suggestions this weekend, and I'll report back on the results next week.

There's been a lot of protesting from Alison regarding my progess on the zip-up cardigan race project coordination we're having. And since she's got smaller gauge, is planning the sure-to-be massive Sockapaloooza, is under the weather, and just scrapped an entire project... I figured I'd take it easy on her this week and focus on something(s) else.

One day while wondering the knitblog world, I stumbled upon this post over at Pepper Knits. She had knit Pam from Rowan 30 -- a pattern that calls for Rowan Wool Cotton -- in Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton. It just so happened that I'd been holding on to a bag of Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton for over six months waiting for the perfect project. Sometimes waiting pays off.


Reinforced with the knowledge that somebody else had done it before me, I charged ahead with the finer-gauge yarn. Halfway up the back, I started to really worry about running out. So I e-mailed Minty Fresh -- with whom I have had no previous contact, mind you -- and she responded quickly and cheerfully with some very good information, not to mention an offer to swap me some balls of yarn if she had the color I needed (unfortunately, I don't think she does). How helpful is she?!

I'm still pretty worried about running out of yarn, but I'm going to knit a sleeve next -- which will give me a good idea of whether it's doable or not. I'll be sad if it's a no-go, but I've been thinking about what fabulous knit I can make with the yarn if Pam doesn't work out. Having a good fall-back pattern is always a soothing salve for the wounded knitter!

Posted by shannon at January 19, 2006 12:04 PM | For related posts: For Me!, Pam


It would be too bad if you ran out because the back of the sweater looks great!

Posted by: Brooke at January 19, 2006 1:23 PM

Oooh, so so pretty, and totally your color. I'm rooting for enough yarn. It would be a shame if you couldn't finish it.

Posted by: Johanna at January 19, 2006 2:51 PM

Your Pam looks so wonderful! I'm really bummed that I don't have the same yarn you're using so that you can definitely finish. Are you sure it's not more burgundy? I have some of a burgundy!

Keep us posted!

Posted by: Mintyfresh at January 20, 2006 8:18 AM

Check out Jimmy Beans site. They have wool cotton half off right now. How many skeins does this call for? I love it, and nearly bought some of the yarn while it's half off, but didn't have a clue how much it would take to make a sweater.

Posted by: Wendi at January 20, 2006 10:50 AM

OOps, I meant to also say that the back looks fabulous! You must be one fast knitter!

Posted by: Wendi at January 20, 2006 10:52 AM

I just finished Pam last week, and as much as I hate to be a downer, I have to warn you I needed 1 more ball than the pattern requirements. I used rowan wool cotton though, so you may be o.k. :-) Just keep in the mind the bands/collar take a lot more yarn than you think. On the upside, I doubt you could tell die lot difference if you could knit all the other pieces with what you have and this is one my favorite sweaters I have ever knit. I've already worn it 3 times. One other thing to keep in mind, the pattern doesn't give you a selvedge on the fronts. Given the cables, it's a b*tch to either pickup those stitches or sew on the collar without an edge. Hope this helps! Feel free to email me with any ?'s

Posted by: Terri at January 22, 2006 8:27 PM

It looks great! Even that picture doesn't really do it justice. People, I've seen Shannon's Pam-in-progress in real life and it is soooooo beautiful!

Posted by: alison at January 25, 2006 11:19 AM

That is really beautiful. I hope you have enough yarn.

Posted by: Wanda at January 26, 2006 8:30 AM

Those are some beautiful cables you have on the back. I'm crossing my fingers that you don't run out of yarn!

Posted by: MJ at January 26, 2006 1:34 PM