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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wednesday's Stitch and Chat

What do you do when you're dissatisfied with how your knitting has turned out?

Diane finished her Asymmetric cabled wrap, knit with Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky (bulky weight, 100% alpaca, 108 yards).  She wasn't completely keen on how it came out.  It seemed smaller than the picture.  (The pattern didn't include finished measurements.) We talked about blocking it out.  If she soaks the wrap, it will completely wilt and she will be able to block it out bigger.

She was happy with how the cables came out though.

Diane also finished the Welted fingerless gloves she started last week.  She was critical of holes around the thumb gusset and a mis-stitch here or there.  I totally understand how she feels, we have all been there.  The choice becomes, live with it or rip it out and begin again.  There was no going back.
She was swatching for two new projects.  She is taking the Intarsia class at Westport Yarns.  The pattern she chose is the Sheep Roll Neck sweater.  Normally Diane goes down a needle size from what the pattern calls for.  Not in her swatches today.  She was knitting more tightly.  She is using Cascade 220 Superwash (worsted weight, 100% superwash wool, 220 yards).
The other project she swatched for is from Sublime Booklet #648, The Little Alice Coat.

Elizabeth made serious progress knitting the Postwar Mittens pattern with Regia Angora Merino (fingering weight, 65% Merino/25% Nylon/10% Angora).  
She was clearly avoiding working on the Brioche Rib Cardigan for her grandson. She loves the yarn and loves the pattern ~ and she really loves the yarn for this pattern. She feels as if there is a moat between herself and this project.

Diane F. from my Knit, Swirl class at Westport Yarns, stopped by to check in on two projects. She is knitting Plum Perfect in the same two yarns that I knit mine: The yarn is Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (worsted weight, 100% merino, 218 yards) and Mountain Colors Twizzle (worsted weight, 85% merino/15% silk, 250 yards).

 She was working on the short rows of her Shakespeare Cardigan, knit with Tahki Donegal Tweed (aran weight, 100% wool, 183 yards).

Here is Mary's Linen Stitch Scarf. Since she knits loosely, she opted to knit her scarf with dk weight yarn versus fingering weight. She hasn't been able to read the pattern yet.  Once she can, it will proceed easier.

So, what do you do when you're dissatisfied with your knitting?  It happens to all of us at least once.

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