WIP Friday — Am I Just Being Cheap?

Nine and a Half Inches

Progress on Monica is moving along at a nice clip. I’m really glad I decided to knit it in the round for a multitude of reasons but one of them has to do with me being cheap, or as I prefer to say frugal, or the more trendy, thrifty. You see, I’ve come to the end of my first skein of yellow yarn. I am making a child size 6 and the pattern indicates for that size the front and back (knit completely in the main color) should measure 10.5 inches. I have nine and a half. So here are the options as I see them:

  1. Break out the second skein of yellow — $8.75 from my LYS — recognizing that I will use very little of it to complete the front/back to 10.5 inches.
  2. Call 9.5 inches good enough, realizing that I am knitting this for my truly size 5 daughter and accepting that her navel may peak out by the end of the summer.
  3. Switch to the lavender yarn — the contrast color — for the remaining one inch, knowing that this one inch should be covered by the ruffle — in the same lavender color — in all circumstances except when said daughter is standing on her head.

Opinions?

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11 Responses to “WIP Friday — Am I Just Being Cheap?”


  1. 1 Cassie April 16, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    I would just switch to the lavender and let it be short. You are close enough. Can I just say I’m envious on how fast your knit. It takes me so long to do it. I think I just need to do it more to get faster.

  2. 2 Nic April 16, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Or, for the final inch go garter or seed stitch in the lavender, so you get the period of wear you want and so that it looks like part of the pattern…

  3. 3 Anina April 16, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    I’d go with option 3 – switch to lavender and knit the extra inch.
    I just discovered your blog and love it!

  4. 4 amy April 16, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Go with the lavender and maybe knit or crochet a little flower (or trinkety thing) in the lavender as well. Then attach the flower to the front, so it all looks like it was supposed to be that way 😀 i also can’t believe how fast you knit!

  5. 5 amandajean April 16, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    i’d say #3, althought I don’t know so much about knitting, so take my suggestion for what it’s worth.

    Your knitting is quite impressive! love the yellow color.

    and there is nothing wrong with being thrifty. 🙂

  6. 6 Sonya April 16, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Firstly, strike the word cheap from the post. Why add another hardly used ball of yarn to the odd-ball, half-used pile? Option three.

  7. 7 Jennifer April 16, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I vote option 3. I now am fully comitted to making one of these just as soon I can get to the yarn store! Let me know how attaching the ruffle goes.

  8. 8 twinanne April 18, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    How about putting a band of the ruffle colour on the bottom of the top??

  9. 9 Uncle Ed April 18, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    I also can’t believe how fast you knit! 🙂

  10. 10 martha April 18, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    for my daughter, if I had one, I would go with option 3. If it was a gift I would probably go with #1. Is that bad?

  11. 11 lyn April 19, 2007 at 2:37 am

    Yup,option 3.
    : )


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