12 August 2007 · 4 comments in Knitting

I’m feeling a little bit disillusioned with my knitting at the moment. Everything I’m knitting lately is turning out too big. I started a pair of Flicker, thought they looked a little bit big, but persevered. When I was two repeats into the leg, I tried them on and yep, they’re too big. Sure, the ribbing fits pretty well a bit up my calf, but the lace pattern is loose and by the time I get to the ankle, it’ll sure be saggy. Now, I’m left trying to decide whether to go down a needle size (i’m already using a needle size smaller than the pattern) or try to adapat the lace pattern.

Then there’s the Ribbed Lace Bolero. I loved Kelly’s version, and figured it would be a good way to get the attraction to pink yarn out without investing too much time in the project since I never wear pink. I got gauge, I measured my shoulder span, but somewhere along the line, something went wrong. Maybe I overestimated my size (I added only four stitches to the original width of the pattern) because it came out huge.

Ribbed Lace Bolero

No modelled pics, but I’m sure you figure out that that’s going to be a bit too big. Now, it doesn’t look quite as bad as that pic would suggest, but it’s baggy under the arms, and way too loose at the back. I still want a pink shrug/bolero though! Again, ignore the clashing stripe patterns and the fact that my pyjamas pants are making a reoccuring appearance on the blog. You’ll start thinking I never get dressed!

Serrano? Still not done. Apparently my hand-sewing isn’t that great, which doesn’t exactly some as a surprise since I can’t remember the last time I did it. Instead I’m occupying myself with these socks. I usually think self-patterning yarn is a little bit tacky, but I when I saw this cheap sock yarn at Lincraft, I thought I’d give it a try. I think I’m a convert to the self-striping (no fake fair isle for me though!), but not to the cheap sock yarn since it’s a tad scratchy and splitty and nothing like the yarns I’ve knit with before. I don’t think I’ll be knitting alot of self-striping, since the plain stockinette is boring me and I’d much rather be knitting pretty lacy socks (I need more solid sock yarn), but it’s fun watching the stripes appear and I’ve had alot more comments on this sock than I have on anything else I’ve knit in public. Everybody seems so facinated by stripes appearing from one ball of yarn!

Self-striping sock

Honestly, I’m bored with this sock too, and am hankering for my next big project. I think I’ll finish this sock (it’s going to be knee-high), then cast on for something more exciting.

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handeyecrafts August 13, 2007 at 1:11 am

Hi — found your blog through SP11. I imagine we’ve all gone through Knitting Lows. Hang in there. Something will grab your attention and your passion.

Kelly August 13, 2007 at 2:14 am

I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you:( Maybe the yarn doesn’t have as much elasticity as cotton ease? I looked it up, and they seem to be very similar though. They can’t all be winners I suppose.
I’ve been thinking about knitting this other shrug, maybe you could use your yarn for that?

Emilee August 13, 2007 at 2:50 am

Ah, sorry about the string of bad luck.

I can’t wait to see your Serrano, but I’m not surprised that it’s taking awhile to finish. I’m nervous about finishing the knitting of my Serrano, because I just know the seaming will be a bear.

Clare August 13, 2007 at 1:08 pm

pity that yarn is splitty and itchy – the striping colours/ widths are kind of hilariously great.

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