So, how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? After the initial novelty has worn off and before the benefits begin to be felt, this can be the make-or-break week for binning our best intentions. I hope you’re winning the battle of wills.
I’ll tell you one thing that’s in the bin (the sin-bin, anyway) and that’s GlenvArgh! Now a.k.a The Hideous Dress of Wrong:
For those who have never met me, please understand, despite what the picture tells you: I’m not built like a barrel. For those of you who know me in real life please note: I’m not 5 months pregnant. In fact, I’m not pregnant at all!
This WIP lies! It has always lied! It coaxed me “knit me, you know you want to…” and then betrayed me by shape-shifting or changing gauge or altering reality.
As my friend, @Clarabel, wondered:
How can yarn be so bad to you? How many combinations of yarn and pattern now?
Well, this was the third incarnation for this yarn. First, after two solid months of knitting, it became the epic Behemoth. Then, I tried to make a top-down version of the same pattern. By some quirk of the gauge changing between knit fabric & frogged yarn, this turned out too small for DH. The 3rd plan was to keep knitting until it was long enough for a dress.
It’s fun to blame the yarn. Really, when it comes down to it, the fault lies with my knitting skills. For Behemoth, I trusted the pattern as written and diligently knit it in its parts and sewed it up. That was my level of skill at that time and I learned a lot from the exercise.
When I tried the top-down version I did not know that fabric lying around relaxing for a while can not be relied on as a guage swatch for yarn that is subsequently ripped, stretched and re-knit. I learned that lesson the hard way too.
Third time lucky, they say. Not this time, it seems. This time around, I just thought I could knit on, throw in some increases, not really think about it and all will be well. Wrong again.
There are things I could do to rectify this. Mostly they involve ripping back or ripping out the middle section so the increases at the hips are positioned higher up. Or I could find someone taller that it might fit? With more curves so that the fabric has negative ease. No. “Strike three & you’re out!” I say. Now to bring myself to rip it… all… over… again… I find I’m all out of resolve to whip this WIPs butt.
We’re having a bit of #flashthestash fun on Twitter. I tweeted this picture to demonstrate what stash lurks under my bed. This, I acknowledged, is only half of my stash.
During the week, I pulled everything out and re-organised it all again. In the two under-bed storage on the far right of the picture are my highest yardage yarn that are not lace-weight. I have identified projects that I want to make for each batch and am calling the two boxes “Stashdown 2013”. I realised that I’ve made a fundamental error in focusing only on lenght / yardage for Stashdown 2011 and 2012. I should have focussed on volume. The lace-weight yarn I have put aside for 2012 takes up one-eighth the space as the yarn for 2013.
However, I feel committed to my plan for this year and am excited by the beautiful shawls and lace that are going to emerge. Perhaps this will work for the best in the end. It will be good to remind myself that I have no room to store more yarn as I wean myself off yarn purchases this year.
Also, there will be 21 balls of Studio Donegal Kilcarra Aran Tween coming available… free to a good home (see WIPDown above)!
I started one of the sleeves for the Petals Wrap Cardigan. I’m not happy with it, it seems too tight to me. I’m going to start the second sleeve and add an extra shell to the round, to see if that makes things better before ripping back what I’ve done on the first sleeve.
In the meantime, I had put Laminaria to one side while I focussed on WIPDown. With my WIPDown projects giving me problems I’ve picked it up again happily. I’m a bit behind on my 12 Shawls in 12 but I think I can redeem myself.
Week 2: In Conclusion
This week, I may not have an FO as I had hoped, but at least I now know where I stand with GlenvArgh! And I may not have knit 40m per day but I have resolved to dispose of 1.8km of yarn – eventually! That’s progress, isn’t it?