This year, I've been knitting up the mountain of Sheep One I picked up last summer on deep discount, seduced by the price and the colors. After much hand-wringing, I concluded that the colors best suited a blanket.
I picked up some plum and deep teal to ground the wild palette. Even with a mitigating influence, I had too much watermelon pink. PeachPit's taste offers a handy option for any surplus of pink yarn.
Shortly after presenting her with the angora vest, PeachPit gently suggested that my next project for her should involve several colors. After removing much pink from the equation, I achieved a pleasing color balance for the blanket and was disinclined to subtract anything else. To flesh out PeachPit's sweater, I picked up more darks. (Wrong direction on stash-busting goal: two deep teal, three plum, and two olive.)
Plan A was executed twice.
The first time, I plunged in and knit to Ann Budd's dimensions for a child aged six, calculating stitch and row dimensions based on a stockinette swash. Good on length, bad on width; front and back frogged.
The second time, I calculated the proper dimensions more carefully, but I ignored the shortening effect resulting from the garter ridges. Bad call! Front, back, and sleeve frogged, the last of which illustrated painfully well my error in judgment.
Plan B retains the math from Plan A.2, shows off the darker colors to better advantage, but uses less pink.
- Block pieces.
- Seam sweater.
- Add bottom edging, cuffs, and collar.
- Finish blanket.
- Make seed stitch scarf with inevitable remnants.