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Knitting Disappointment But Onwards and Upwards

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How come the last couple of things I have knitted haven’t turned out quite the way I’d hoped they would? What’s going on?  I am trying to put it down to experience and learn from it but it is soooo annoying and I groan about the amount of hours put into something I just don’t like.  I don’t think any knitter or crafter has always loved every item they’ve ever made.  I think it’s all part of the learning process, but at this rate I will still be ‘learning’ when I am 94. 

My newly finished aran weight top just doesn’t look right on me. I’ve tried it with different clothes/layers/colours.  I’ve held the shawl collar up at different angles to see if I could wear it as a crossover front top.  I’ve even wondered about adding another rib to the waistline.  I don’t think anything will work – so I’ve ‘hid’ it in a cupboard until I can decide what to do with it!  I can’t bear to undo the whole garment and might even gift it to someone just to be rid of it.  There is nothing wrong with it, per se, it’s just not ‘my’ style and it doesn’t fit ‘my’ shape.  My second item, again newly finished, is a simple baby cardigan.  I gave myself a non challenging knit to do as I watched the tv – completely in garter stitch which I haven’t tackled in years.  Now I know why!  Every slight wiggle in tension shows up, my picking up stitches for the neckband looks gappy, the sewing up could have been neater for the raglan seams!  All in all, I really don’t think its up to my usual standard.  I have thought of decorating along the neck border, perhaps with some kind of flowery stitch, as if it’s supposed to be there.  Not sure if that will work, so it is joining the aran top in the cupboard …..

Needless to say, I’ve been cautious about starting something new for a week or so.  It is really difficult when I am surrounded by such yummy yarns and the season is changing to Spring.  I start thinking about new things and chucking out the old (in my case this means putting away any winter WIPs and panicking that I haven’t begun any summer projects!).  I go into my spare room, view my stash, I visit a friend in a wool shop, I belong to a knitting forum , you could say I live in a rather woolly world.  There is a lot of inspiration out there, I admire so many peoples skills, and I itch to begin a new project which I am sure WILL work out.  So, latest new project began yesterday.  It’s a petrol blue mercerised cotton shrug, for me.  If I get to wear it this summer I will be happy, yet as it’s a little lacy and each row takes a little longer than my usual chosen style of knitting, if it doesn’t make it as a finished garment until next summer that will be ok too.  After all, this knitting lark is supposed to be fun, isn’t it?

 

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ImageI had to cease knitting of the green top temporarily having discovered what looked like an error on the pattern.  Grumble, grumps, darn, etc …..  However, I emailed the pattern publisher, who came back to me very quickly and I’ve now been reassured it’s not an error and it will work out if I just keep on knitting.  My knowledge of garment structure is being tested and I hope to enjoy a new experience here, revealing the finished garment soon(ish). Today it’s time to get back to ‘the green’ project (I decided to give it a name, it means it differentiates what knitting bag I pick up when I move from knitting venue to knitting venue).  That’s an hour planned to myself in the car this afternoon whilst waiting for my son at his tutor’s house.

So, having had a little break from ‘the green project’ this week what jumped upon new needles was a ‘baby pink project’, photo here.  This was supposed to be a very simple quick knit, which it is, but it has made me review how neat my garter stitch only style is (or isn’t).  I am hoping with completion and blocking I shall be more impressed with it than I am now.  I have not made anything solely garter for a long time. It was reminiscent of early knitting and the yellow teddy I made when I was 7 years old.  I hope my style has got a lot better since then. Oh how I wish I had kept that first knitting project. If only we knew which things would seem important in years to come.  I don’t even have a photo of it. 

Apart from the knitting, life is incredibly busy, although I did pop a lovely relaxing book club meeting in to my schedule last night.  It was great to meet up with the other members, chat about books and other stuff.  I think the one male member of our group was very patient when we set off at a tangent briefly (he may say not so briefly!) and talked about knitting and sewing, bless him, we did steer back round to things we all have in common eventually.

Work, well for me, yesterday was the penultimate day there.  Friday is my last session.  Getting slightly concerned now about the future, but pleased the month is almost over.  I feel I need to plan my time properly, and need time in which to do the planning!  Anyone else feel like that?