yarn: louet riverstone worsted, charcoal, 7 hanks
date started: 12.03.08
date finished: 12.08 and 02.09
where do we even start with this one? this is yet another yarn that didn’t work for the ram’s horn jacket and you’ve already seen it as the hap blanket. I saw Isel started the minimalist cardi with the same yarn, so instead of letting the yarn languish in the stash I blindly jumped in to this massive bandwagon. can we blame Isel?
it all started pretty smoothly – got gauge, knit the mind numbing moss stitch, and complained all about it on twitter. the knitting went by quickly, enough for me to think I would wear this by christmas. I did notice that the sweater pieces grew, by a lot, when I blocked them, but then I imagined them shrinking back. you can guess where this is going right? after I finally seamed the pieces and tried it on, I realized I had knit this thing with about five inches of ease too much. I quickly ripped the sleeves out (which looked awful) and let the sweater sit, ignored, for months.
it doesn’t matter that I reknit the sleeves from another size. this sweater was pretty much dead to me since the first time I finished it. I finished it to finish it. To get it off my desk and off my to do list. if I would have cared, I would have reknit the body as well or just knit something else entirely.
lessons learned here? don’t knit something just to use up the yarn, pick a design you love, check and recheck your gauge, make sure it matches the one in the pattern!, and if you don’t love the end result rip it. a plus side to this is that at least I now have an oversized sweater to offer guests when they’re cold.