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Posted - 08/04/2006 :  10:46:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message
"Worst project nightmare" is maybe a bit exaggerated, but I thought this would be the right place to whine a bit:

I'm knitting the "cables, steps and moss" sweater from Jacqueline Fee's Sweater Workshop (great book, and absolutely not to blame for what I've done). I did the body and both sleeves. Everything is working just fine: The handspun yarn knits beautifully (and I seem to have enough of it, if not, I still have fibre and can easily spin more), I changed the sleeves pattern till I really liked it and I thought of matching the directions of the cables on the sleeves to the body, I did (and blocked) the gauge swatch, double-checked my calculations AND tried on the parts every now and then - everything fits. So yesterday I joined up body and sleeves and thought I was nearly finished.

And THEN I saw: Whereas I knitted six rows between purl rows on the body, I only did 4 knit rows between purls on the sleeves! Arrrgh!

I don't believe it - how stupid can I get? And since I really want to show off this sweater, it must be as close to perfect as possible - so I ripped back. Now I've got to go - knitting for the second time sleeve no. 1. Sniff...

Bye, Klara

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Posted - 08/04/2006 :  10:58:52 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Bummer, If the sleeve length was correct, I probably would have left it. No one would have noticed and if they did, I would have said it was designed that way.

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Posted - 08/07/2006 :  10:30:09 AM  Show Profile Send keena a Private Message
I feel your pain. It has been a stressful summer for me, and the stress is reflected in my new, absent-minded approach to knitting. Thanks to many big mistakes, I have set a new record for ripping out major portions of a men's sweater: 6 major rip-outs! On the other hand, it has definitely taught me to be patient, and to try to focus on the process rather than the progress. The sweater is (gradually) looking very good.
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Posted - 08/07/2006 :  4:46:21 PM  Show Profile Send ForestBird a Private Message
I just had to rip out a sleeve too - just one for now! But I have ripped out a lot of things...

I keep telling myself how much I am learning. Over and over. Over and over.

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)
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