Saturday, September 16, 2006

Oops, I Did It Again

Forgive me, knitters, for I have sinned.

Once again, I have knit a poorly designed sweater in bulky weight yarn, with predictably disastrous results. I saw that the pattern included no sizing ("fits 34 to 39 inch bust"), suspected that it might fit poorly, but still I knit it. I could see after the making the first half of the front that the shoulders wouldn't hang properly, but still I knit on. I knew that a seamed sweater in bulky yarn could be yucky in the armsyces, but I knit away. I know that these sweaters don't flatter me, but still I made it.

In my defense, it was not the promise of a quick finished object that tempted me. It was the fact that I had yarn that would work in my stash. I was lured into this ill-advised endeavor by the virtuous feeling of converting dust-collecting stash yarn to a garment. Never mind that the garment will suck.

Affiknitty, for your knitting penance, you must knit approximately 6,843 miles of stockinette on small needles.

Pattern: Magnolia sweater from the Fall 2006 Knitscene
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, about 4 skeins
Needles: Um, I don't remember. I think they were size 11 circulars.

19 Comments:

Blogger Bitterknitter said...

I think we're all guilty of deluding ourselves whilst knitting on occasion. I have a weakness for wrap sweaters (they never work on me, mind you) and usually need a slap in my sore ear to avoid casting on! Some lessons are best learned over and over, I guess!

-Lisa

7:43 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh dear. I've made similar mistakes. What kills me is the loss of all that time knitting it.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

ouch! that sucks.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

No AK, your penance is to donate this sweater to the Dulaan Project. Surely there is a Mongolian that will be able to wear this sweater in warmth and security. You still have the stash reduction benefit, and trade the guilt and shame of a bad knit for the pride of charity knitting.

This sounds like a win to me!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Knittymama said...

I'm finishing a sweater now that will probably have the same result...what is it with us knitters?

I think Liz has a great idea!

9:03 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

Don't you hate it when that happens? The worst part about making sweaters is that there's no way to try them on ahead of time (grin).

But yes, Liz has a great idea!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Hear, hear, I third, oops, fourth Liz's idea.

The sweater looks lovely and I'm sure will much welcomed. (But, wanting to frog and reuse that yarn yourself is totally understandable :) )

11:30 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Oh, I hate it when that happens. Anybody you could gift it to? I like Liz's suggestion about Dulaan. I have numerous projects laying around that are products of my own delusions and rationalizations.

5:58 AM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

i'm going to try and learn from your mistake and not knit some old chunky stash yarn and sell it instead!
i joined the http://www.destash.blogspot.com/ blog.

i think i knit so many socks because it's avoidance behavior ... from knitting sweaters that i won't really look all that good in.
socks rarely fail me in gratification.

i think donating the sweater is a wonderful idea!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

...but it always seems like such a good idea at the time, doesn't it?

I have a sweater in this category: double-stranded fuschia mohair on size 11 needles. I look like a giant, furry, pink bear in it. The horror is almost beyond articulation...

Anyway, the point is: we've all done it before and we'll probably all do it again. Occupational hazard.

Be well and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

12:12 PM  
Blogger jillian said...

Don't go Britney! Seriously, it happens to everyone in their knitting career, I think. At least in that bulky yarn it wasn't a tremendous amount of knitting time :) I also love Liz's Dulaan idea!

12:14 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

I thought about making that sweater. Will revise thought now. I'm hoping I don't feel the same way about my bulky-weight Lace Leaf Pullover next week. (As if I'll have it finished and seamed in the same month. A girl can dream.)

1:02 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Can anyone wear bulky sweaters that attractively who aren't waif thin? Of course, if the heat went out in the dead of winter I'd sure be glad for a bulky sweater. :o)
It looks very pretty anyway, lying there. Excellent knitting.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

I agree with Liz - send it to Dulaan!

7:57 PM  
Anonymous pearl said...

ugh, i hate when that happens. i just hang my head and put it in my closet to frog later.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I always have that problem - I do want to knit from stash, but then I make bad choices. When will we ever learn?

2:18 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Ew. Darn it! I hate it when that happens (and it does happen to all of us).

5:33 PM  
Anonymous jessie said...

It looks adorable just lying there. I think we need a picture of you wearing it before we can agree with your opinion. :-)

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Kara said...

Hmmm. The last time you did this didn't you later realize that in fact you were knitting a sweater for me and just didn't know it at the time? Cause I love that purple sweater formally known as the last knitting disaster.

5:35 PM  

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