Saturday, July 22, 2006

I've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

... for the Roundabout Leaf Tank. Pathetic since, as you can see, I am very nearly done. Nonetheless, neither love nor money could get me excited about finishing it. I look at it and just think, bleh.

Part of the problem is that I'm finding the knitting a little boring. The much bigger problem is that voice in the back of my mind. You know that voice. The one that keeps saying "your gauge is way off" or "this yarn is totally wrong for this project" or "that won't block out" while you blithely knit on.

In my case, the voice is saying "Laura, that sweater will not flatter you. It is going to be too big in the chest and the waist and a little too tight in the hips." It doesn't help that it's hard to get an accurate idea of how it will hang, since it has no shoulders. I've just tried it on and held it up.

Sigh. What should I do, knit sibs? Hope for the best, possibly a miracle, and finish it? Or rip away and use the yarn for something more promising? I need advice.

By the way, the yarn I like. It's Knit Picks Main Line, and it's on sale for $1.97 a ball right now.


Blogger Shannon said...

I just bought some Main Line on sale. I'm glad to hear you like it. I don't have any advice on the tank except that an aran weight yarn seems really heavy.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I say finish it and see. You're almost done anyway, right? Give it a go - it may turn out better than you think.

And YES, I did get that Knit Picks e-mail about the sale. And YES, I am trying very hard to resist. And YES, you have just weakened my willpower. :)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

It's so close to being finished- can you try it on as is and get a feel for it? Tough call - I'd say finish.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

I'm a big fan of following instincts. However, you seem so close to done that I might say to take your time finishing it, see how it comes out, and if you have to frog it then, it's not as if you put in a ton more work from this point. I would gently remind you that horizontal striping or patterning can really be a girl's worst enemy if the fit isn't right.

1:12 PM  
Blogger KSD said...

Knit really, really fast, get it finished, and throw it in a drawer. You'll come across it later, and, maybe, have a better opinion of it.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Sundara said...

Rip it and do something else with the yarn. Every time I haven't listened to those inner voices, I end up with knitting I am not happy with and regret.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

The voice knows all. Heed the voice.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Such a mix of opinions. I'd probably forge ahead and finish it, then frog it later if I still didn't like it. Glad to hear that you like the Main Line. I need to order some other stuff from KP and I might as well do while there's yarn on sale!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Tygher Knits said...

I'd have to finish it I think, though I don't know. I've not tackled anything that big just yet. I am plugging away at my Booga, though. Almost done!

You're mean, by the way, flaunting a yarn sale when I'm not buying yarn for another month and a half!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

One of the Aloha Knitters is making that top. It's a very interesting idea. You are so close to the end, I know you'll finish it. Maybe you'll have a nice surprise;)

3:16 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Oh, just finish it, girl. you won't really know what it'll look like until it's done, blocked and on your body.

OK, must go check out that sale now.

4:15 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

I wouldn't be able to leave it unfinished, that close to the end, but I agree with you about that voice. I should have listened to mine when it said that Green Gable wouldn't look good on me!

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I'd finish it. You could always give it as a gift. On the other hand, if you think you have a better project for that yarn, I suppose frogging it isn't a crazy idea. Whichever you choose, do it right away (finish or frog) so the UFO isn't sitting there dragging on your knitting psyche.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh i am sitting here biting my nails wondering whether you should just go for it or give it up... thats a hard one. i'm going to go for finishing it. you are close to the end and you never know it may be perfect! if not, then you frog it and the only thing you have lost is time...but hopefully not too much as even that is precious really. :0) x

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

How many hours of TiVo will you have to watch to finish it? It seems like you're very close, so if it's only a few episodes of Miss Marple or Rescue Me or whatever your viewing pleasure is, then it might not hurt to finish it, even if you ultimately rip it all out.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

just go ahead and finish... who knows you may love it! and i say it was on sale, yummy ;)

9:18 PM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Girl, I feel your pain. I agree with the folks that say finish and see how it turns out. Yeah, let it sit in a drawer for a while, as ksd put it.

I so know the knitting blehs (which are worse than the knitting blues, no?) Neither love nor money? That's serious!

1:02 AM  
Blogger jillian said...

You are soooo close :) Maybe put it away for a teeny bit and then finish it?

9:50 AM  
Blogger sienna said...

I had a tank top that I finished knitting (it was in pieces) and after I assembled the body of it I slipped it on and almost threw it away right then. After I got the straps on, however, it made a huge difference. I say try it with the straps on, then others have said, you can always give it as a gift.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I think you should probably finish it, but don't fully sew it up. Pin it and try it on. Then frog if you don't like how it looks. You're so close to the end.

11:03 AM  
Blogger amy said...

I'm with the finish it crowd. Don't do anything crazy like weaving in ends or anything like that, though. Just get it done enough to try on and really tell how it will look (since it seems like you have at most a couple of hours?). Then, if you don't like it, frog it.

Or better yet, stash it, finished, in a drawer, and join a "re-knit-along" that I'm going to run next spring. :)

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

I find myself leaning toward the "finish it" camp that seems to predominate here.

On the other hand, knitting that is not fun and not exciting does erode your soul. You know, just a tiny, little bit. And knitting, at least the way most of us do it, is for fun. So if the little voice within says, "Frog and the devil take the hindmost!" then do it. Frog with confidence and move on to a project where you can feel the love.

Life is too short to knit things you hate.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

well...if you're not happy knitting it odds are you won't be happy wearing it but...if you're almost done...

6:23 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I'm glad to see that you decided to forge ahead and see what happens when you try it on. I think that the asymetric hem will give it a fair amount of stretchiness in that area, so maybe it'll look okay? At least the Mainline is nice and can be recycled for something else, right?

6:05 PM  

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