from the knitting failure archive
Last winter and spring I expected to be blogging a lot more while Stitchy and I were touring with the trunk show for Knitting it Old School. Except then I didn’t blog much at all and consequently missed posting a bunch of FOs. I have one particular FO that I’ve been sitting on not because I don’t like it, but because it’s really not my best work at all. Nobody likes to talk about their failures, right? This one isn’t a giant failure, just a failure to listen to instinct and experience.
While we were in the first round of edits for the book (in 2010!) I cast on for St. Moritz, by Snowden Becker. It’s one of my favourites from the Knitting it Old School
book, I love that scoop neck. I didn’t have yarn in the stash even close to gauge, so I subbed in some Elsbeth Lavold Silky Tweed. Different weight, different gauge. Because we were so deep in editing, I figured I needed something mindless to work on, so I omitted the lozenge stitch as well. (Cue ominous music here)
And work on it mindlessly, I did. It’s a top down raglan, which has the benefit of being able to try it on as you knit so you can get a perfect fit. Did I do that? No, no I didn’t. (more omnious music. DUH DUH DUUUUN) I knit to pattern and mindlessly kept knitting until the body was finished a few weeks later. Then and only then I tried it on. Huge. Giant. WAY too big. I heaved a heavy sigh and put it in a time out for close to a year. Last January I pulled it out, tried it on again and had conveniently put on some weight (ha!) so the fit was slightly better. Might as well finish it, right? It just needed sleeves and a collar!
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So in March of 2011 finish it I did. I photographed it, wore it once to an event and it’s been sitting in the trunk show suitcase ever since. I’ve lost the book editing weight since then and that sucker doesn’t fit at all now. Sadpants. I really should rip the whole thing and reknit it with the lozenge pattern and 3 sizes smaller, but I’m not quite ready to face it. Until then, I’ll just slap a big fat FAIL sticker on it and chalk it up to being mindless.
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Seriously, look how giant!
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