Wednesday, December 12, 2007

We Never Stop Learning

I've been knitting for a little over four years now, and have been able to slide by with just a few knitting disasters. Yes, my first scarves stunk and my first hat wasn't tall enough; yes, my first bag was horrifically seamed on the wrong side; yes, my first sweater is a bit too big. Being a self-taught knitter, these mistakes were my learning guide and I have no problem looking back and smiling at these early projects. However, recently, I've hit this unlucky stint and have produced a few new knitting disasters...

This was supposed to be a felted baby hat and ended up breaking open in the felting process. I think I might cut out some felted pieces and make a cat toy...



Then, most recently, I decided to knit Daphne out of Rowan Bambino.



Last night I'm sitting there watching this and seaming, and realized that the pattern is stupid, stupid. The tail is very deceiving in the pattern, and there is no good picture. There is way too much seaming for a simple little duck, and due to all the shaping, it looks bad. Even in the book, if you look closely, the seaming is bad. I could go on and on about how the gusset doesn't fit in there, and how you will run out of yarn, but why bother. This is going to the trash since there are too many ends to even attempt to recover. I still have most of a ball of yellow and orange, so you'll see these colors again, just not in the form of a duck...

And, a pretty "last night of Chanukah" picture to leave you with -

4 Comments:

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous mayarn said...

happy belated hanukkah!

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger sue said...

Thanks for sharing your disasters with us. I have had a few too, and sometimes it is the pattern, not the knitter. I hope the felted cat toy turns out okay so at least you have rescued some of the yarn.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger luv Abby said...

ohhhh don't you hate a bad pattern....
luv Abby

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your mishaps, it happens to all of us. I am a self-taught knitter, too, and you wouldn't believe some of the stuff I have knit. It is all about the learning.
Dani, that Manos blanket is so beautiful. What lucky parents you have.
susan

 

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