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