Cutting it Close

In today’s entry you will find:

  1. Little picture tutorial on how I fixed my mistake of running out of yarn.
  2. I love my leftover yarn!
  3. A shawl in the latest Rowan magazine totally got me drooling!

Just the other night I discovered I did not have enough yarn to finish a pair of gloves…

At first I was angry, then put aside my anger and moved on, and now I am ready to fix my mistake. In this entry I am going to show you how I did that!

First I rip out yarn from my first square untill a certain height ( I calculated that carefully). Then I wind the ripped out yarn in a centerpull ball:

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Then I finish my first square (left photo), bind off and cut off the yarn.
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Now comes the fun part of joining yarn!

I am working with Wool Silk dk from Rowan which is a 4-ply yarn. I untwist both strand in two and you can see in the photo that I have 4 strands. I diminish those 4 strands in two and then start twisting the yarn around eachother untill it is joined. Hope this makes sense! If not just look closely at the pictures, okay?
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Now I am ready to keep on knitting untill I finished my second square! And I have a little bit of left over yarn!
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I don’t mind left over yarn at all!

Are you a knitter that dislikes leftover yarn? I don’t mind my left over yarn at all. I love my left over yarn; I’d rather have leftovers than cutting it too close or running out of yarn.

Cutting it too close makes me nervous and I do not like knitting like that at all so I always try to play it safe and have lots of little leftover balls of yarn. I love them! They are so cute!

Have you seen the new Rowan magazine for Fall?

Something got me totally drooling… it’s a gorgious shawl I saw in the latest Rowan magazine…take a look yourself:

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Want a closer look?
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So gorgious…

Bye for now!


5 Responses to Cutting it Close

  1. notyourhero says:

    You have Rowan 42 already? I’m jealous.

    I’ve got tons of leftovers. It’s mostly sock yarn…I never use it all up, since I have small feet.

  2. Marianne says:

    Already thought you might work it out 🙂
    My Rowan magazine came in yesterday and I really loooooove this shawl !
    The colors of your yarns match perfectly.

  3. Hi, this is the BEST site for explaining EVERYTHING, I just wish I lived near you. Can you recommend a sweater pattern (ladies) for Lonesome Stone Alpaca? I just purchased 2 skeins @ $49.00/ea. and I need a pattern, the tag states #2 needle. I would be most grateful for this

  4. gettingpurlywithit says:

    Nancy DiMeola:

    Glad you like my blog. As for your question: I am just a beginner knitter and cannot help you any further.

    Ask your question at your local yarn shop, I am sure they will help you find a pattern. Or drop your question in the forums at or The many experts over there might help you out.

    Happy knitting.

  5. vanessa e says:

    It worked!

    Thanks for this idea. it worked out perfectly and now I can keep on goin’! I appreciate your help, as always. happy knitting!

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