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It’s Wednesday and my lovely Savi came home today! We had to pick her up at the airport at 6:45am. Yeah. Had to get up at 5am. I got to sleep somewhere around 2am. Lovely. Might need a nap later…
So I know I usually post tutorials, or finishes that look really good or at least adequate, but I’m not anywhere near perfect. When it comes to knitting I’m still learning. Thank goodness my Twitter pal Bonnie is always willing to slooooooowly explain things to me!
So I tried to make this sweater that I found on Ravelry. It was a total waste of time. The instructions weren’t very easy for me to understand – they were a bit too cryptic for my taste. I like patterns that explain things a bit more. But on Xmas day, I got a set of Addi Clicks and 5 skeins of Cascade 220, so I cast on in hopes that I’d learn as I went along. After all, how much harder could it be compared to socks?!
Yesterday I finished everything except the sleeves. It’s WAY, WAY too big. Now, to put in perspective how ridiculously too big it is, here is a picture of me wearing a t-shirt with a thinnish cardi over it:
So I’ve Unpicked. The. Whole. Damn. Thing. It took me from Xmas day to yesterday to knit it – I did almost NO sewing during that time as all my time was taken up by knitting. When I put it on and it was very obvious that it wasn’t going to work, my husband was really, really sympathetic. I think he was afraid I’d trash the house or something in anger, but strangely I’m not that bothered. I guess the pattern was so frustrating that unpicking it kind of felt rebellious and cathartic.
So here are the Baby, Mama and Papa balls of yarn I’ve recovered from it, which will go towards this sweet cardigan I cast on yesterday. This time I actually did my research and confirmed it has been many people’s first cardigan projects and they’re delighted with the pattern and results. And then I’ll probably make this other cardi from the same designer, Andi Satterlund, which I bought the other day. Seriously, that girl is TALENTED. She should be writing knitting books.
So I can’t be the only one, right? Have you ever made projects that ended up in such total disaster that you chucked them out?
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