Monthly Archives: September 2016

A good knitter…rips

Sometimes I’m a good knitter. Sometimes not so much. And it’s all about knowing when to pull it all out and start again. I still find it really hard to destroy what I’ve made, even when I know somewhere inside that I’m creating a monstrosity. It is so much better to rip though. No one needs monstrosities in their life.

Here’s a good example which I hope will one day work out for the best. Michell Wang recently released this pattern as part of a Brooklyn Tweed collection. This is one of those projects that yells out to me that I’d really like to make this. Natural colours and squooshy cables.

In our garage I have almost a whole bag of Kerry Hill fleece. It’s a nice natural cream and it is quickly carded ready for spinning. I thought this would be the thing with which to make this project. And the whole bag cost about £7.50 compared to the almost £200 the Brooklyn Tweed yarn would cost. So i spun a nice chunky 3 ply yarn and did a swatch (I know, good move! Usually one I don’t bother with and then regret skipping). The swatch paid off. It was going to be huge. My gauge is really loose. I needed a finer yarn. That seemed like a good thing, I could make a 2 ply yarn much quicker, and for a project this size I would need a lot of yarn which, if I was carding the fleece and then spinning the yarn was going to be pretty ambitious. So I made the 2 ply yarn. No need to swatch this time, right?

Hmm, well I got 42 rows in and decided I needed more stitches – I’d already cut down as it was still going to be a lot more enormous than me (I’m not that enormous), and I’d made a mistake on one of the rows which I would notice, even if no one else would. So I ripped. Good job.

And started again. Good this is good. Until I get about 2/3rds into the back piece of the cardigan. This yarn is so scratchy and not at all soft. There’s no getting away from it. I was about to make a monstrosity. But I’d got so far.

I’ve thought one of those fleeces that you can put on a chair would be nice for a while. Looks like I kind of just knitted one. Seemed a waste to pull out all that knitting and be left with a pile of scratchy yarn. Wouldn’t have bothered to make this otherwise but I quite like it, and I’ve really mastered those complicated cables.

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When the 100 days is up, I’m going to buy some alpaca and blue faced leicester and make something as soft and squooshy as this pattern deserves.

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