The two words “knitting disaster” should really cancel each other out. I mean can it really be disastrous if it’s only knitting?
In My Mind a Knitting Disaster
I’ve been knitting for over 35 years. I should know better. But alas, my latest finished object has not been going well for a while now.
Did a do a gauge swatch? I did not.
Did I compare the size of the back of the sweater with the finished size in the pattern? Again, I did not.
Is it anyone’s fault but my own that I put in a sweater’s-worth-of-time to have it result in a ridiculously large garment? It is not.
If you’ve been reading QueerJoe regularly, you know I’ve been trying to finish four works-in-progress in February. But if you’ve been reading QueerJoe carefully, you’ll also be aware that I really wanted to move onto other projects. And sooner than the end of February.
So, I worked feverishly on my last of four WsIP. My least favorite of the four.
I honestly knew as soon as I finished the back of the Shaker Rib Cardigan that it was going to be large. But I soothed my worries by lying to myself. As I do. I told myself, “It’s a drop-shoulder.” “I’ll just make the sleeves shorter.”
The sleeves were finished. I knit like a crazy person to finish the button-band/collar and the edging for the second pocket. The sweater was finally finished when I attached the sleeves and sewed up the side seams. I even wove in all the ends without trying this garment on. Honestly, I wanted to finish it while it was still light enough outside to take photos for today’s blog.
I know I may lose some blog readers by posting this photo. Or at least lose the respect of some blog readers. But I figured you should see my shame. Feel free to post “funny captions” in comments.
Without further ado, I bring you the completed Shaker Rib Cardigan.
I documented this pseudo-disaster in photos because it will soon be just a bunch of balls of yarn. But it will need to sit in time-out before I even get to that. It’s going to be a pain to undo all the seaming and weaving in of ends so that I can unravel this fucker.