starting over

I don’t like messes.  In fact, I try to avoid them whenever possible … of course, that doesn’t mean that I don’t make them.  I make lots of messes; I just try to tidy them away as quickly as possible.

This often happens with my knitting.  A project doesn’t work out, something goes spectacularly awry … and I attempt to pretend it never happened.  At least, not on the blog.  I don’t share the messes.

But the other day, something happened: I let all the mess out, without really meaning to — all the ragged edges, all the whining and complaining and self-pity, all the sloppy pieces that didn’t fit — and it felt really good.  It’s out now.  And I thought, why not do the same with my knitting.  After all, there is plenty of mess to be had there.

Exhibit one:

selbu two

Oh, selbu two.  It was just not working out: too uneven, too loose, too not right.  It’s a gift after all, and I don’t want to saddle someone with a subpar selbu.  So back to the drawing board, time to be an adult and admit that I need to knit a guage swatch and possibly buy the appropriately sized 16″ circular.

The yarn is so pretty and I do not want to cringe every time my friend decides to wear the hat …

Exhibit two:

twenty eleven

Twenty ten.  This started life as the Golden Wheat cardigan, which was knitting up just dandy … until I decided that I didn’t necessarily want another swinging cardigan; instead, I wanted something that could cinch a bit in the middle.  Because if it doesn’t cinch a bit, well, I then towards the rectangular.

So I thought: twenty ten!  Perfect.  I’ll knit it up with less ease — as seen on Ravelry –, add three-quarter length sleeves, and voilà! cinchy cardigan.  I’m still cautiously optimistic, with reservations about my choice of yarn: ístex létt-lopi.  It’s wonderfully sheepy and has a lovely sheen to it, but I’m concerned that the gauge just might be a bit too loose.  It’s a quandry: continue and see what happens? or start over and hope for the best on smaller needles?

twenty eleven

This is what happens when I start a project on the fly.

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4 thoughts on “starting over

  1. Flip flop! So you decided on the Twenty10 after all!
    I am working up a sweater right now and live in constant dread it will be too tight. But I stubbornly continue knowing full well I might have to rip the entire thing and start over. What is WRONG with me?!!?!

  2. Sounds like a good move on Selbu Modern! I started an Oatmeal Pullover completely on the fly. I love the yarn (Quince & Co. Puffin), color, and simplicity of the design, but I have real qualms about how it will look on me… but perhaps a big, cozy, warm pullover to wear around the house is justification enough.

    Lopi always sounds like such neat stuff! Good luck with 2010.

  3. I try to hide my messes too, yet I end up sharing at least half of them without meaning to do so. In my knitting and blogging anyway, if that makes any sense.

  4. I admire your photos and since I got a new camera, I have decided to see if I could pick your brain… What kind of photo setup do you use? Is it a lightbox? I want my photos to be that lovely!!

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