Friday, April 23, 2010


This little shawlette is really pissing me off.

I don't know if I even feel like writing about it, it grates me so just to look at it! But here's the short version: it was meant to be a simple experiment in shaping, with slightly more than a half-circle shape, and an edging of bobbles like raindrops hovering on the edge of a leaf.

The fabric flowed off my needles. The shaping is fine enough for an experimental piece. But the edging has been hanging me up for days.

I decided I didn't like the bobbles that I'd swatched. I tried bobbles in five different sizes, with different spacings and techniques. I tried to do a knitted-on lace edging. Three ways. I tried several different types of crocheted edgings. Thought I'd gotten it right, then came up 5 yards of yarn short. I unravelled the edging yet again, made some adjustments to save on yarn, didn't like it, and ran out of yarn anyways.

So that's where I am. Frustrated with all the hours wasted. Not liking the garment. Considering frogging it so that it doesn't mock me from the knitting basket.

Leila came over to investigate while I was taking photos. She walked across it and was not impressed.


Sheryl said...

sawww 5 yrads short is just rotten.. any chance of doing the edging in a different color? I love what we got to see :)

PinkAdele said...

Sending Knitterly huggles. JUST RIP IT!! FROGGIT FROGGIT FROGGIT! It's much beter than keeping with a project that gives you bad feelings!

Julie said...

haha, I love it when cats give their opinion on knitting!

If it's not working, it's not working. maybe take a break from it for a bit and work on something else; go back when you feel like it.

Turtle said...

i agree (as i just ran into this myself) can you do the edge in another accent color? it looks great otherwise. a navy, black, gray?

Amybel said...

It's good that you can admit your pissed-offedness. You really could go either way, but do something to use that energy! Otherwise it would just piss you all over again when you come across it in a few months. Good luck!

Kathy said...

Oh I am sorry. All those different bobbles and sizes....well it is lovely colored