Components of a Bad Knitting Project
Have you ever had one of those projects where there is just too much bad about it to overcome? Here’s one example for me.
It looked like a great project and I went out of my way to find enough yarn to make it. It ended up requiring that I order yarn from two different places to get enough of the two colorways. I couldn’t wait to knit this cardigan so I could wear it in style.
The sleeve shaping on the back of the cardigan was as far as I got before I stalled and it’s been sitting in a bag waiting to be finished for about 4 years now.
I picked it up recent to see if I wanted to finish it (I do) and if I wanted to continue it as designed (I don’t). I took some time to inventory what was wrong with this project.
Bad Project Inventory
- The two yarns are close enough in color that the Fair Isle/stranded patterning don’t show up very clearly.
- The two yarns are close enough in color that is difficult to follow the patterned knitting and remember where I am when I put it down and pick it up a few days later.
- Furthermore, the needle I chose for this project (square shaped Kollage needle SUCKS)…the cable that connects the needles is WAY too limp and flaccid to move stitches across and I find no comfort or benefit in working with a squared needle
- The project is knitted flat/in pieces and requires stranded knitting on the purl side (which I HATE)
- Yarns are a mix of cotton and cotton and wool and I’m not a huge fan of cotton
Therefore, despite having put a lot of work into this project 4 years ago, I decided I couldn’t continue as is. I further decide I couldn’t just switch to an Addi Turbo or Lykke Interchangeable needle and be happy with this project.
So, I decide to rip it all out.
And even ripping this project was a pain.
But here’s my plan:
- For the darker yarn, I plan on adding plying a single ply of dark charcoal yarn onto every ball of the the yarn (I have a cone of fine lace-weight wool that should be perfect). This will make the darker yarn slightly darker, giving it a bit more contrast.
- Re-design the cardigan and knit it in-the-round with a steek for the front opening and arm-holes.
- Switch to my Lykke Driftwood needles so that it’s much more enjoyable to knit.
Others commented about this, and I realized they were correct…life is too short to not enjoy your knitting projects.
I joyously finished the Briyoke sweater this past weekend and I’m quite pleased.
It’s quite roomy, and squishy, quite warm and soft! I’m still a bit concerned I look a bit like Ruth Bader Ginsberg on her way to give a dissenting opinion because of the contrasting color of the yoke. But I’m about to turn 60 and figure I can say “fuck it” and wear it with confidence and grace.