My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


So Near and Yet So Far

Don’t you hate when this happens?


That’s the end of my Lavena Shawl and that’s how much yarn is left. To finish it off you decrease 1 stitch every 4 rows, so you can see that I am close.

The pattern calls for approximately 560 yards of the main color (although on the Ravelry page it states 590 yards). I purchased 650 yards to be on the safe side. But clearly, not safe enough!

No gauge was given for the pattern, which I find a bit odd. It’s a shawl, but still, it’s nice to know the ballpark gauge. On the pattern the finished dimensions are listed as approximately 24″ high and 79″ wide, while on the Ravelry page the finished dimensions are listed as approximately 39.5” high and 79” wide. That’s kind of a big difference. I measured mine: 26″ high and 78″ wide.

The pattern called for U.S. size 2 and 3 needles, but I went up a needle size because that seemed too tight. I used a size 3 on the plain sections and a size 4 on the mosaic sections and liked the results. And my shawl is within the two sizes listed for the shawl. So the bottom line is that I should have had enough yarn.

I do have some black Kauni in my stash that looks to be a pretty close match, dyelot-wise, so I can finish the shawl. But if you are planning on knitting Lavena, be forewarned — you may need more yarn than the pattern says.

On the whole, the pattern was no problem to follow — just a couple of small errors that are easily overcome by using common sense.

The Loki Report

When Loki has had enough of my and my knitting, he retreats to the top of a dresser for the night:


He sleeps there every night, but will descend once or twice a night to wake me up for snuggles. This is not great for me in my quest to get as much sleep as possible on weeknights given how early I get up in the morning, but it is impossible for me to ignore a warm purring kitty who wants to snuggle. Life is a series of trade-offs, and this is one I am more than willing to make.

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  1. I just had a similar thing happen with my Shizuku scarf — I used one ball of Kureyon for the increase section, but the second ball for the decrease section ran out about 3″ from the end! Maddening… I had some leftovers in another colorway and “made do” to finish the thing, but it’s still annoying.
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  2. Lee Long says:

    My Kitty loves to wake me up as well. She gets lonely in the middle if the night and has to make sure I’m there. That’s my story ad I’m sticking to it. Lol.

  3. arrrrr. yes, that must be aggravating. glad you have a probable solution without too much inconvenience.
    usually, I enjoy Loki pix, but reading that he comes down in the middle of the night to snuggle, sent shivers down my back! the thought of a white fluffy thing waking me out of a sound sleep . . . well, maybe it’s cultural bias, but I got an image of a vengeful ghost on the ceiling. YIKES!

  4. Denise Wessman says:

    Cats are truly like children. Attention is all they seek. Positive or negative. It’s hard to be alone when you go to work. Loki just is trying to get more attention. He is sooooooo adorable. I’m such a sucker for a cute face. Gauge is never critical with a shawl. However having enough yardage is. I loved your technique of weight. It even works well with socks. I had to purchase a food scale at Farn and Fleet. It works well.

  5. Catherine S. says:

    Sorry about the yarn and all, but GEEZ! Loki looks like a snowy egret! xoxoxo

  6. Charlotte says:

    Whoops, that’s how much you usually have left at the finish!
    In contrast, I usually have enough to make another toy or give to one of my friends who’s making a mitered squares sock yarn scrap afghan.
    Our cat, Ocean, sleeps on the dresser at night also, with intermittent forays to the bed, even though she has a cat tower & cat bed she sleeps on during the day. Your top looks flawless, but it wouldn’t with Ocean, so I did make a pad on the dresser top with a small floor rug to protect the surface after her first trip up, otherwise it would be scarred with scratches from her jumping up.

  7. I’ve been working on a sweater for the past 4 months. Patterns calls for 1400 yards in my size. I’ve used closer to 1800 yds. I’m still a little worried that I might not have enough to Kitchener together the 220 stitches for the tubular bind off around the neckline. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  8. I had the same thing happen too. Frustrating for sure.
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  9. I totally agree that happy kitties are more important than sleep.

  10. I got the last of this year’s birthday gifts today from my wonderful (and amazingly thoughtful) step-son. What is it you ask? “Socks from the Toe Up” by Wendy D. Johnson. This exceptionally smart young man accessed my wish list and picked the PERFECT gift for me. Thought you might enjoy hearing it!
    Sorry about the yarn shortage but it sort of makes me feel better about my mishaps!!