I spent the weekend unraveling things. By all means this is nothing new, I make mistakes all the time. I even have a system when I mess up, it’s called The Seven Stages of Stupidity:
- Curse and scream
- Wonder why I didn’t listen to the voice in my head/read the pattern correctly/listen to Alexis
- Try to justify the mistake and see if I can just leave it. No one will know if the sweater is 5” too short. Right?
- Get a strong coffee
- Grab my 2 pairs of Gingher scissors
- Not think through how to fix it
- Start cutting…
I didn’t say the system wasn’t flawed either…
So, what did I end up doing this weekend besides binge on carbs?
Project #1: Baby Hat: Sounds easy. 2 year-olds are small, won’t take long to work on. I even had the kid in front of me to test it out on. I don’t have many dealings with children, but I have now learned that they are very squirmy and reluctant to try on a nice bamboo yarn hand-dyed hat. His head looked small; cool, I can omit a few of the knit rounds between the decrease rounds at the crown. I finished quickly, gave it to his mom. Then the dreaded phone call came. It’s too small. What???
Alexis: It’s a pain to take out a cast-on and work downwards.
Me: I’ll just pick up stitches.
Me later that night: Shoot, I’m making a foldable brim, the line will show. How hard can it be to unravel? I start picking out the CO one stitch at a time. I stared at it. I only got halfway through and I hadn’t actually put the live stitches on the needles. Oh, look bedtime.
Refreshed the next morning: I am so not unraveling. Out come the scissors (the tiny pair). The snipping begins. To be honest I hadn’t thought through exactly what I would be doing BUT in my defense it actually worked. I cut 2 rows out and was able to get it back on the needles. Yes, I’m as surprised as you are.
Project #2: Christmas Tree Sweater: It’s a cropped vintage style sweater. I didn’t gauge swatch (but ironically I did get gauge) and I made my size with 1” negative ease at the bust. Ha! I’m ahead of the game. Did I remember that there are other dimensions and that I’m 5’8” and my torso just might be a bit longer? No………….. and the schematic is actually really good, if I had bothered looking at it.
I tried it on after the shaping part ended (and I had blocked it). It fit! It ended under my bust but I still had to add the ribbing.
Alexis/Voice of Reason: Shouldn’t you add more green? The ribbing is going to start too high.
Me: Naw, I’ll be fine, I want the tree to look more centered on the green.
3 hours later in front of the mirror. *Tears streaming down my face* (just kidding, I was pissed off).
Me: I look like an overgrown baby.
Amanda: What??? Did you really just say that?
Alexis: *Raises an eyebrow*
Me: I know, I know, I know…
P.S. I’m smiling in the photo because it’s before I tried it on and unraveled it.