Monday, October 25, 2010

Fiber Tool FAIL

I really did plan to share my newest fiber tool with you, but alas, after finishing, marking, and drilling that piece of wood I showed you in the last post, something went horribly wrong and the thing had to be scrapped. Not to worry--I have already acquired materials for a second attempt. I can tell you, though, that it is not a loom--although the number of people who guessed that makes me wonder if I ought to reconsider my no-weaving stance.

Instead, I have this to share:

This is about 1200 yards of dk weight cashmere. What makes it interesting is that it started out as about 3600 yards of lace weight cashmere. This yarn was originally a couple of women's machine knit pullovers. It was reclaimed by...someone. Not me. Then I acquired it and discovered that knitting with crinkly frogged lace weight cashmere is not part of my skill set. We all know my history with lace knitting. But it turns out it is possible to re-ply an already plied yarn to turn a lace weight 2-ply into a dk weight 6-ply. So after two days of plying and winding and washing, it is now a weight that will actually get used around here.

Now comes the real dilemma. I bought this yarn to knit a sweater for my husband. After a year of not knitting it, I bought him a machine knit black cashmere sweater. I think this gets me off the hook and I can now use this lovely, lovely yarn to knit a sweater for myself. He asserts that the yarn is his, independent of the sweater I later bought, and that any sweater that comes from it also belongs to him. We have reached an impasse. We could resolve it the same way we do all the major issues in our marriage--a game of high-stakes Yahtzee--but I thought I'd appeal to the knitters first. What say you: am I obligated to make him a sweater from this, or can I knit one for myself? And if I am obligated to knit for him, would it be adhering to the letter of the law if I knit a sweater for him that will only fit me?

10 comments:

Cynthia said...

The question is moot, I think, because unless I'm mistaken, 1200 yards of DK weight is not enough for a man's sweater. And possibly not even enough for your own sweater. What do the two of you think about vests?

kmkat said...

Cynthia is correct, at least about the man's sweater unless said man would wear DK weight lace.

Sharon said...

ok, so if the mystery fiber tool isn't a loom, then...could you be building your own spinning wheel? or skein winder?

as for whose yarn it is, my opinion (+ $3.50 will get you a latte at Starbucks) is that you're the knitter so you get to make what you want. ^o^

sophanne said...

I'm with Sharon on this one. Although you live in such a warm climate and my bday is in a few weeks...what's a cashmere sweater among friends?

Michelle said...

Moot point or no, the yarn is yours. All yours.
However, to make things fair, make yourself something gorgeous from the yarn, then let him take you out for the evening in it. That way he gets some enjoyment from it, too!

knitzalot said...

That's a really great guy color, so I think knitting him a cashmere sweater would be a really sweet gesture and something he might get a lot of wear out of.

Daniele said...

Loving your blog! I'm so impressed about the re-plying. What a great idea. I say make something for yourself after all of your efforts. :)

PICAdrienne said...

Sleeveless pullover for you, hat for him. Really, that is what the yardage and weight allows. And, until he can figure out how to turn yarn into fabric himself, I don't think he gets much say in the matter.

quiltyknitwit said...

I was under the impression you live in a very warm climate, so when in the world would he even ever wear a cashmere sweater??!

Julie said...

I love it. So you're knitting him a lace cami? LOL.
Julie