I took a look and my first impulse was of course to figure out why and how I couldn’t, wouldn’t and shouldn’t make it but looking at it, I must say I was a little more than intrigued. I stared at it for a full five minutes trying to figure out how to do the connections and then what method to use to form the poncho and how much would I sell it for…when I brought myself right back down to the ground and the reality in which I swim.
The reality that says I would not be inclined to make such an intricate thing and the moment I did and put it in the shop, I would resent to high heaven the person who purchased it because I would then have to make it again…causing me to say words I don’t think Mr. Honey heard when he was in combat.
No. Thank you, Mandy, but I should pass on it and admire it from afar. I don’t know if I told you that when I had to some yarn shopping, I thought I was being very clever. I needed some teal colored yarn which I normally get from Hobby Lobby but I didn’t want to go all the way out there for one (or even two) skeins of yarn so I looked for a substitute and JoAnn and found a Lion Brand big ass ball of yarn that was not the Pound of Love Baby Yarn.
I got it and the next day I got another order for something in teal so I was rocking it like Dick Clark. It was a worsted weight yarn so I thought we were good to go. I started making the pixie hat. This hat is started from the bottom up so the last thing that’s done is the ribbing and the part that goes around the head. It was ever so slightly thinner than what I was used to using. In the back part that doesn’t matter so much that part of the hat is the decorative part. It’s only function is to hold the pom-pom (which is now going to be the big ass pom-pom. This hat can handle it.)
But when I got to the ribbing part, it was just too thin. It looks like this yarn – which I thought wasn’t baby yarn is baby yarn and it looks to be about one ply thinner than the regular worsted weight. So I doubled it up for the ribbing part. I’m not too happy with that, either. I have to finish it off because it’s just too close to the end and it can always go into the inventory for the craft shows. I just don’t know if it’s going to make its way to the UK.
The fiber can be doubled and used for the scarf I want to make with it as that scarf was originally done in a chunky weight yarn and its been discontinued. It will work out just fine for that. So I guess I was half as clever as I thought I was being.
The other thing, when I started the 3×3 ribbing, I thought there was something odd about what I was doing from the gazillion other times I’ve made this hat. I was halfway through the ribbing with double the yarn when I realized it should have been 2×2 ribbing. This, which doesn’t really matter, either, still bugs me a little. Which is another reason it may not get to England. I would be devastated to get an email that says: “I’ve noticed in the picture that there’s 2×2 ribbing but the hat you sent has 3×3. What gives?” Don’t laugh. I once had someone write me because they were looking at a photo of a fringed scarf and noticed that there was one less fringe on one side than on the other and wanted an explanation. They didn’t get one. They didn’t purchase the scarf they just wanted an explanation – I didn’t think it was healthy to indulge them and have that conversation start. For one, I wasn’t going to go and count the fringe to make sure they were right.
Second, the urge to tell them they were right and that one end had ‘x’ (add one more than was there) and the other end had ‘x'(add one more than was there) was too great. Can you imagine? They would know there were only ‘x’ (subtract one from what I added) and it would drive them bonkers.
I bypassed the joy of that moment for decency and something akin to grace by just letting it go. They never wrote back so I assume they got over it as well.
If I decide not to send the pixie hat I will travel over to Michael’s to see if they have a substitute teal colored yarn that can be used. If not, then it will be a trip out to HL tomorrow to get what I need. I cannot bring myself to use Red Heart Super Saver though I know it’s there. It’s just too hard.
Wait….I’m going to check the remnant bags. Maybe. Just maybe.