Okay, maybe not genius.
Let me explain --
I was making a pair of mitts (yep, new design) for a friend who had given me a t-shirt right out of her own closed. I snatched up a couple skeins of yarn (pretty sure that I'd only need one, but knowing I had two allowed me to not worry about running out), and started knitting.
I merrily achieved the first mitt, and was pleased.
Then, I knit the second .... or did I?
Oops. STUPID mistake: I knit two mitts for the same hand.
As you can see, I also made one longer than the other, and in so doing had to tap into the second skein of yarn.
I looked at it, and thought, well, FINE THEN. I'll just knit a second pair ... only those two will be for the other hand.
First, though, I'hecked out where I made that second mitt too long.
Turns out, that the extra length was in the hand -- not the wrist. So, instead of just knitting one longer cuff, I ripped back the longer mitt far enough to undo that extra length in the hand. I finished the second mitt correctly, and then knit two more mitts for the OTHER hand.
So... that seems self evident. How exactly does this get me to "genius"?
Well, it turns out that two mitts really do take just a scoche more then one skein of this particular yarn. That means that four mitts really do take more than two skeins of yarn. The "genius" part lies in how I turned that problem into a second design.
that's for the next post....