A woollen tale: A basket full of opportunity or just another disaster?

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I was going to use up some of my yarn stash, yarn left from blanket making about three years ago. I found a jacket pattern and picked up sticks.   It started well, growing quickly, that was the idea, get rid of it quick then treat myself to another woolly purchase and not feel guilty that my stash could rival a yarn stores’.

Then I noticed a mistake half way down one front panel.  I ripped it back and corrected it.  I knit a little further.

Having made a few things over the years that have either been too small or too big, the wrong shape, the wrong style I decided to try and ‘wear’ the panels to gauge how this might turn out.  Urgh! It was so bad that this is now what it looks like …

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So I still have that part of my stash and who knows what it may turn into.  The world of knitting patterns is vast. My own imagination runs riot.  One day this will make one or several successful items, maybe just not this week. I am sure I am not the only one who has the odd disaster. I would love to read about others so I don’t feel so alone, though I do look at is as an opportunity rather than a complete disaster, at least I hadn’t finished it then found the mistake or realised it looked so horrid!



As a stop gap, I finished another hat for a friend’s charity sale.  Baby size, quick knit, scraps from my stash.  You could say I am slowly depleting my yarn stash, SLOWLY being the word.

Did anyone else here go to the Creative Craft Show at Excel in London last weekend.  Lots to admire, some Christmas treats purchased, lovely people met and business cards taken away for future shopping.  I resisted adding to my yarn stash – I guess that was another success for the week.  Thinking positive!

7 thoughts on “A woollen tale: A basket full of opportunity or just another disaster?

    paperbirchknits said:
    November 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I used to feel guilty about not wearing knits that turned out not so great. I felt like I invested so much time in knitting them that I should wear them, or at the very least keep them. Not anymore! Last week I frogged an awful coat and made a simple, beautiful sweater that I’ll get actual use of. I need to do more of this!

      tinaor responded:
      November 26, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Well done. So true about feeling guilty – I have gifted wonky knits to charity, that is, wonky to me, hopefully they fit someone else!

    tierneycreates said:
    November 24, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    The hat is lovely and that was a good idea – if you get overwhelmed by your stash, just make something to keep moving forward. I am going to keep that in the back of my head and I am overwhelmed with my fabric stash!

      tinaor responded:
      November 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Thank you. And thank you for the great encouragement – we must spur each other on here – if I owned up to how large my yarn and fabric stash is (dare I take photos? no way!) you may see what a long way I have to go! I am working on it though!

        tierneycreates said:
        November 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

        My stash of yarn and fabric are obscene – but one project at a time, right? 😏

    handmadeknits said:
    September 17, 2019 at 6:31 am

    I’ve made lots of knits that have been sent to the far end of the wardrobe or worse to a lonely place under the bed. I hate the technique of pulling them out
    I:ve learned to steer clear of knitting any garments in chunky for myself and stick to dk and I collect styles that I like on me. I have a very kind aunt that’s pulled out a load of chunky – never worn knits – and I plan to make use of them with small knitting projects!

      tinaor responded:
      September 21, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      That’s a good idea – great to reuse the yarn from those unwanted yarny projects. I do admit chunky can be a challenge in garments – unless you are very thin they can make anyone’s body look very, well, chunky! Apart from hats and cowls – they seem to look fab.

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