Saturday, June 25, 2011

Knowing When to Fold 'em

The Light Rose sweater is no more. I was unraveling it when I got all of these strands of yarn and couldn't figure out why. I checked the sketch and yup, was undoing it in the direction it had been done. Except I wasn't. After I turned the sketch around a few times, I realized that I was trying to undo it in the opposite way that I should have been. Doh.

Yes, it was made across, cuff to cuff. I was thinking the right front was the last part knitted. Doh. Had I continued and begun to unravel it from the right cuff up--the correct way--I would have undone more than 3/4 of the sweater.

It was doomed from the start. My yarn wasn't quite to gauge so I used larger sized needles. Then I discovered that I knitted with a looser tension when working on the part with the circular needles. I wound up using four different sized needles. At the same time I was trying to knit to two sizes, one for where I was narrower and one for where I wasn't.

There is no sense of giving up, frustration, or similar. It's just that I have a lot of sweaters in my queue, including some UFOs, and limited time in which to do those and all my other crafts projects. There is only so much time left in which to do these things (getting old you know.)

You gotta know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em. It was time to fold 'em.

4 comments:

dfr2010 said...

Know when to walk away ... know when to run!

Wadders happen.

glorm said...

Yup. I may try it again later, now that I know where the problem areas are and use the new things I learned.

Deb said...

Well, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that runs into these kinds of knitting fiascoes. Thanks for sharing. I feel a lot much now.

glorm said...

Deb, I consider you a very good knitter and if you sometimes have problems, well, then the rest of us would have them. I'm just moving onto the next project.