Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A New Project

Have you ever started a project knowing deep down in your soul that it isn't going to turn out right? Yet you can't stop yourself from doing it anyway. This is where I am at right now. Years ago I bought many different yarns at a store going out of business. I know what you are thinking....60% off makes you buy a lot of yarn you will probably never use, and you are right. But over the years I have indeed used some of it and I am about to try some more. This is Cotton Twist by Berroco. In a colorway that I am not particularly fond of yet bought anyway. I have 8 hanks which will make me something small, which I think is good as it is very bright yarn.

I went on Berroco's website. A great site for free patterns and found the pattern above. I know this pattern is a mistake for this yarn. I know this from the top of my head to the tip of my toes that this isn't going to work...yet I knit on. I didn't get the perfect gauge when I test swatched. I didn't want to go down an entire needle size as I think the fabric will be too dense. So already I know this is going to end up being a big vest....yet I knit on. The yarn is much, much to busy for this pattern. To fully see the lace/cable pattern you need to have a solid yarn that will really show off the pattern. This yarn should be used for a simple tank top, so the beauty of the yarn is shown off to it's full extent. I know all this ....yet I knit on.

And to be perfectly honest I really don't like this yarn at all. When you have to knit 3 together in the pattern, you always catch just one tiny piece that pulls away from the rest of the yarn. There are little snags everywhere, which I am trying to ignore. So what is my problem? I am not sure. Maybe it is having a little bit of a challenge in the pattern. Maybe I think that even though I know this isn't going to work, I am hoping the Knitting Fairy will suddenly appear some night and wave her magic wand over this project and make it fantastic. Maybe I am trying to use up yarn from my stash and I should have just gone to the yarn store and made a very fun purchase. As I proceed with this vest, and try to make all the crazy alterations to make it wearable, and cuss and scream at my stupidity, I give you the right to say,"I told you so". Just do it nicely.
By the way I took my neighbor over to Tampa for her treatment today and she was wearing her prayer shawl. That is so lovely. I hope it helps.


Mrs. Staggs said...

Well, to be honest, I can't ever imagine wearing so bright of colors, so I'm not exactly on board when I think of myself, but I think your knitting is lovely. I do understand about the multiple colors distracting from the pattern too. All that being said, sometimes, we are surprised that what we think isn't going to turn out right, becomes a happy surprise. I personally can see some wonderfully wild hats made from this yarn, or a very cool bag of some sort.

One thing about keeping on with a project, we learn a bit. It's ok to just let go, and start over, I think. Just in case you needed a pal to give you permission. LOL!

Beth said...

I know exactly what you are going through! I've learned to trust my gut. It doesn't look like you're too far along to rip it all out ;-) It would probably make a nice baby sweater - if you knew it was going to be a girl. It is soft enough - and plenty of fun - for chemo caps. I think it is a nice yarn but I know what you mean re: splitting. Have fun!!!

tina said...

Oh I would NEVER say I told you so. Ever. Especially when it makes me see myself in your knitting, I do that allllllll the time (or at least too often!). I am hoping that the knitting fairy shows up for you too! If I see her (him???) I'll make sure to leave directions to your place! Lovely to hear the prayer shawl has been so well received and worn feeling your love.