News from the needles

There has been a lot of knitting going on around here lately, though you wouldn’t know it from reading this. However today I bring you the story of some sweater FAIL. It’s not quite as tragic as poor Brenda’s story concerning two failed sweaters, but it is a little bit sad.

See that beautiful hem worked in organic cornish wool and a sweet, oatmeal shetland and UK alpaca blend? Yes, that must be ripped out. All of it. Witness the peaty, soft LOVE that is the dark shetland wool – all 16 1/2″ of it. Yes, that must go too. The reason for this is that there is no way that Mark – the recipient of this sweater – has a 54″ chest.

This is totally my own fault. I based the whole design for it on an existing sweater. I *thought* I had gotten gauge, I *thought* I had measured everything properly… but I was basing this sweater on measurements of the SWEATER and not measurements of its wearer. So the man is going to be measured this weekend, exhaustively. Measurements you didn’t even think were possible to calculate on a human body will now be made because I’m taking no chances on the second version of this sweater! At least now I will definitely get gauge; afterall, I have a 16 1/2″ swatch to work from!

I think for the reknit I will invest in some addi turbos. The square needles I was trying to use are the worst thing I have ever knit with. I know other people find them amazing and that they are supposed to help people with arthritis or tennis elbow or whatever, but in my experience they were truly awful because the knitting doesn’t glide along the circulars at all. In fact, the only way to increase the traction on them would be to add spray adhesive. Any benefits to the hands provided by these needles in their nice, square shape are lost on the hours you have to spend trying to coax your knitting along the circular bit. My cheapo bamboo needles break at the part where the plastic joins the needle so often that I have taken to keeping superglue in my needlework bag, and on a reknit, you just don’t need these kinds of barriers to the task in hand.

However there has also been some knitting WIN to counterbalance the FAIL, so I will give you glimpses of two other things currently on my needles.

A sepia-toned something.

Mmmm… Corrugated ribbing…

There is also an Ulmus lying around here somewhere that I must resume work on. Happy days!

9 Responses to News from the needles

  1. Ruth says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooo, not the sweater of love 🙁 I actually gasped when I read that. So sad

  2. Kate says:

    those square needles sound like a complete mare!

  3. Felix says:

    Ruth – I know… it’s so sad. The only thing to do is buckle up, order me some Phat Addi Turbos, rip it out and re-cast on faster than I can realise I just had to rip it out. Otherwise I will weep.

    At least I checked before putting in the STEEK!!!!

    And Kate… the square needles are evil, evil, evil.

  4. Liz T. says:

    So sad because it is such a beautiful sweater but it’s the right decision to rip now. That yarn deserves to be an amazing fitting sweater that will get worn all the time. And at least there’ll be a lot less knitting next-time round (you’ll just have to leave out some of the kisses!).

  5. Knit Nurse says:

    I’ve got the square needles in DPN version and actually find them great for socks. However I do remember that when I was buying them in Iknit, Gerard remarked on the fact that he didn’t like the circulars at all – because of the clunky join – and wouldn’t be ordering them again. Good luck with the new knit. Doing it twice is double the love.

  6. Philippa says:

    That corrugated ribbing is lovely – what’s it going to be?

  7. caro says:

    ah Felix, your post made me laugh so much. I love how hilariously you convert the terrible knitting into amusement. So sorry to hear about the jumper, it sounds dreadful, total nightmare! But I keep having visions of some evil knitting fairy spraying adhesive on the square needles!
    Doing it twice is more than double the love… if this man ever doubts your love, dedication and commitment he only needs to think of this jumper!
    xxx

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