I thought I had a new strategy: Knit the largest size hat I plan on offering, one that I *hope* will only take one skein of dear, dear yarn, and see what happens so that my pattern's yarn requirements are spot on.
See that in my hand? That wad is all I had left when I was done with this sucker. Now I wonder, if I do indeed write up the pattern in this gauge, should I warn those who want to knit the largest size to buy just one skein? Or, buy two to be safe?
I have a problem.
I am damned if I do and I am damned if I don't. The last thing I need is an angry mob waving knitting needles at me.
If I warn that there was *this* much left on my version of the size large using the Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky and they go out and buy just one skein and end up needing another one to finish the size large . . . perish the thought (this isn't cheap yarn--and the dye lots vary quite a bit).
If I say they'll need two skeins, and they end up like me, you know, with just a little teeny tiny wad leftover and they purchased two. Oy. Perish the thought, again.
I don't need this kind of pressure.
Not needing this kind of pressure is the way I'm rolling these days. Hence, the lack of lots of posting. I am knitting for pleasure, however. Kate Davies came out with this gorgeous over-sized cowl pattern called Funchal Moebius. Since I don't really have the need for a large cowl like this, I decided to cut down on the number of pattern repeats to two. I'm using some of the sometimes controversial yet ever so gorgeous Wollmeise. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to see the patterning with this subtly variegated yarn, but it's actually working out. I highly recommend this pattern. She's a genius.
(The other reason I chose to cut back on the motifs is because, based on her yardage estimates, I wasn't sure I would have enough yarn. Ahhh: That's the rub all the time, isn't it? Having enough yarn.)