Sunday, April 20, 2008

Oh well

Sometimes, it just doesn't work out. I finished my Somewhat cowl this weekend, tried it on and it was too big, thought blocking would help, but it just didn't.
It is totally my fault though. I made it way too big. I tried it on for Frank and he mentioned that it was not as small and sexy as the picture of the pattern I showed him.
Oh yeah, and it looked like I knit a tent.
Addison asked why I don't just go to the store and buy a sweater.
Well then.
I also used cotton, which is not very forgiving, and even though I bought extra yarn, I ran out and was not able knit the neckline as long as it was supposed to be.
I also did a really bad job of picking up the stitches in some places, and blocking didn't take that away either.
Oh well.
I felt frustrated for a moment, then realized there were other, more important things going on here.
Like popsicles,

and fresh flowers


I started another poncho today, for a gift. So far, so good.





22 comments:

Jelly Wares said...

Ohhh you poor thing.... :( I hope your next knitting project for yourself works out better... I guess that 'somewhat cowl' was cursed from the begining... LOL

Jodie :)

Kelly said...

oh- that is so frustrating when a project doesnt turn out how you envision and all the pictures in your mind just go down the drain. It has happened many times here!

We are also in a popsicle frenzy over here :)

QuiltedSimple said...

That's too bad it didn't work out - the picture is very pretty. Hopefully your next project for you will turn out better!!

Kris

Roze said...

That sucks! It happens quite often to me, I have just started knitting, so my lack of experience tends to show in my finished knitted clothes. but i still love it!

Marcia said...

Knitting is sometimes like that. I have actually taken something I've knit and sewed a smaller seam on the machine, cutting the excess off. You have nothing to lose. You might try throwing it in the dryer for a bit first to see if it shrinks as it's cotton.

amandajean said...

your daughter looks adorable with those flowers in her hair!!!

sorry about your somewhat cowl...how frustrating!

beki said...

Oh no! I have that pattern. I must have been feeling confident in my knitting when I bought it, but after I looked at the directions I quickly put it away. I'm certainly not that good yet!

Lisa said...

Sometimes, even with the best swatching, what you knit is not the right size. Is there someone a bit larger than you who would appreciate the sweater as a gift? Would you be willing to unravel the whole thing and start over in a smaller size?

I admire your jumping right in and knitting more complicated items, so many people spend years knitting scarves before they even consider tackling something difficult.

Stephanie said...

That's too bad about the sweater! Since it's cotton, maybe it will shrink after a trip through the washer and dryer???

Heather said...

Yeah, I'm totally on board with those who thought it would make an awesome gift!

And by the way, those popsicles are speaking to me right now.

Steph said...

You are a role model for letting things go!

Steph said...

Sorry - hit send too soon. I mean for letting things go and focusing on what really matters (like those spring flowers and that cherub of yours!)

a friend to knit with said...

oh shoot!
that is sooo frustrating!!!
are you going to frog it and re-knit??? you really should!

Java Mama said...

The sweater looks great & the color is pretty - can it be used as a cover up? Cozy PJ sweater? Something? Sorry it didn't work out but you do have a great attitude about it! Love all the photos.

Sam

Kate said...

I hate it when things don't work out as planned - it is a fantastic colout though.

Missy said...

If I were you I'd try to shrink it. If that didn't work I'd send it to me who I'm sure is much larger than you are. ; )
Sorry it didn't work out. It still looks gorgeous! You are so great at knitting. I keep saying that I should try, but looking at your last post I fear I would never get anything else done!

Shannon said...

Oh NO! I get so upset about that sort of thing. I am so impressed again at your positive outlook. Then again, those popsicles and fresh flowers (and flower girl) look super yummy and could brighten any mood!

the feathered nest said...

oh well....I used to love popsicles when I was a kid! Your daughter looks just adorable with that crown of flowers!
Manuela

Steph said...

Happy Earth Day!

Kaet said...

oh well, into every knitter's life a little rain must fall. maybe you can gift it? or rip it out and re-use the yarn (the color is beautiful). i am sure the poncho will be perfect, and the flowers certainly are pretty!

SMF.sportychic said...

Mmmm popsicles! What if you put your somewhat cowl in the washing machine, try to shrink it up a bit, I have done that before when something was just to tent like and it worked!

FinnyKnits said...

I'm not sure if this is me just being ghetto-fabulous or what, but why not toss the sweater in a hot/hot wash/dry and see if it won't shrink up? I mean, it is 100% cotton and all. That's what that stuff does best, by my experience. I've lost many items of clothing that way ;)