Am in tears again with knitting.
all because of yarn and yarn shops.
when i first started working with yarn, i was crocheting. i made the mistake of buying yarn willy-nilly and not for specific projects-guess what most of it is still here, as it wasn't right for any of the projects i then decided on/couldn't find a project for that yarn/gauge combination.
So I decided when i took up knitting, to only buy for specific projects.
First sweater I wanted to try was the suss sweater. Subbed yarn as there was no way I could afford the suss yarn. I ordered over the internet (no LYS)-didn't like the colour when i got it but didn't want to send it back as it would've cost me almost the price of the yarn in postage. so i made the sweater for my gran-without her measurements-i guessed and ended up making it too large
moved house. got excited about 2 LYS stores being near by. Bummed to find out that I can't get in to either of them (am a wheelchair user, they are both up 2 steps)
bought yarn from one, sat out in the street, with help from the shop people and mum. felt a bit overwhelmed and embarassed and ended up buying 50%cotton 50% acrylic as a yarn sub for 55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere. not very clever at all and today i find i can't even get gauge with it (i should be able to)
ugh not a happy bunny as you can see.
I am a continental knitter and hear that it is relatively common for continental knitters to be lose knitters. I don't have a problem with socks on DPNs but anything on my denise set and I have to go down at least 2 needle sizes. mind you i am not using the exact yarn that the pattern suggests, but even compared to the ball band...
Any books you recommend for helpful hints on yarn subbing? Knitting without tears?
Any Uk recommendations on getting hold of (wool content) aran weight yarns that so many funky patterns seem to require, but that don't cost the earth? (I have the list of shops that the livejournal brit knits group recommends, more interested in specific yarns.
Does anyone else knit on gauge for socks but not on their denise sets?