Potential froggings and possible breaks

Bamboo eyelet cardigan - progressUntil a couple of weeks ago, my bamboo eyelet cardigan was coming along nicely, when suddenly, I started to not really like how it was shaping up. I don’t have a reason for why I don’t like it — I just don’t. I don’t feel like continuing to work on it, but I don’t feel like frogging it either. I do appreciate the effort I put in to make sure the left and right front pieces mirror each other.

I thought giving it a break and working on something else might help, but I haven’t felt like working on anything yarn-related. I’ve been trying out jewelry stuff, though. Maybe it’s not the cardigan, maybe it’s just that I’m not in the mood for yarny things, and need a break from knitting.

So for now, I’m gonna just throw this project into my UFO basket (only figuratively… I don’t really have a UFO basket) and decide its fate later, when this phase of mine is over.

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Waves – WIP

Waves - WIP

I posted this picture a few days ago on my Instagram account, and what can I say, the project still looks mostly the same. After all, it’s a cardigan with a repeating pattern. πŸ˜‰ While I crawl ahead row by row, I’m enjoying working with my handmade stitch markers. πŸ™‚

I’m knitting this sweater for my mom, and have had to rip out a few rows because she changed her mind about how she’d like her cardigan. She’s a dear that way. πŸ™‚ I’ve become quite good at inserting lifelines now, though πŸ˜› so I just added one into an appropriate row, and the undo wasn’t much hassle at all. I’ve already reknit all the rows that I un-knit, and then some.

Now to make some progress for today…

Lost

I own this top that has lace for the upper part (neck to chest.) To my horror, even with the gentlest of rinsing, the lace tore at places. I didn’t want to replace it with more lace, and instead, thought I’ll make something of my own.

I went with crochet, and thought of keeping it hole-y (I don’t wanna say lace, because it’s not πŸ˜€ ) at the neck and getting more solid as it progresses. This is where I am so far.

Lost with lace

And now, I’m lost. I don’t want to continue with the solid section, because the piece is becoming thicker than I like. To make it thinner, I’ll have to add more airy stitches, and I don’t want that. I’ve also made some bad increases that results in some frills. I don’t feel that keeping on moving ahead will help.

Yup, I’m lost, and I think I’m gonna undo the whole thing and start over. Maybe with knitting this time, so it’s light and yet solid. I really had my heart set on crochet, though. Such a conundrum, isn’t it!

An old sweater to the frog pond

First cabled sweater

I think this was my first cabled sweater? I’m not entirely sure if it was the very first, but it was definitely one of the early sweaters I knit — cable or no cable. I’ve ended up unraveling it now. (Gulp!) I know the sweater looks fine at first glance, but it had scarcely been worn due to many small problems.

  • The neck was pretty small. Yes, of course I can fit my head through there, but I better not have combed my hair beforehand, or I’ll end up having to comb the resulting destroyed mess again. And don’t get me started on static hair… πŸ˜‰
  • The stitches were really loose. I knit loosely, and I compensate with smaller needle sizes now, but I didn’t know then. (Do I need to say that I was alien to the concept of swatching as well? πŸ™‚ )
  • The stitches may have been loose, but the sweater itself had negative ease. That’s right, lack of swatching, probably some measurement / stitch-count miscalculations too. And I asked myself every time I wore it — are those stitches or holes! πŸ˜‰
  • Put loose knitting and no tension management together, and boom! We have asymmetrical left- and right-twisting cables.
  • The raglan shaping was not all that great, and it practically had no shoulders at all. I know, it looks okay, but appearances can be very deceiving! (Blame Praise the clothes hanger! πŸ˜‰ )

I kept the sweater around for a long time due to sentimental reasons. In hindsight, it was really not that bad for a beginner sweater (look at that neck shaping!) Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a whole lot of small problems and nothing major. But I didn’t love it when I wore it, and that’s just so unfair to the sweater, right? Right? So…

Rrrrrriippppp!

The yarn has now had a nice soak-and-dry to remove the kinks, and has turned into cozy little balls. I’m happy that it’s still in pretty good condition. I’m gonna knit the same sweater again with it — (cough) maybe with a modification or two (cough) πŸ˜‰ A new and improved Version 2! πŸ˜€

Of course, this’ll happen after I’m done with KG’s sweater, which is still in progress. It’s a lot of knitting. I’m not a super-fast knitter, I don’t get a lot of knitting time, and I usually have more than one WIP going. This time has been an exception. So to break the monotonousness of working on a single project and keep me motivated, I did some pattern searching on Ravelry and started a shawl for my mom so I could improve my understanding of lace. (No pictures clicked yet!) I’m now back on KG’s sweater, and have started knitting the sleeves. We have a long weekend coming up, and it turns out I’m not doing anything big then, so I’ll have more time to knit and hopefully finish KG’s sweater in time for her upcoming vacation. Fingers crossed!

Horizontal cables

I’ve been working on this unnamed cardigan lately — a simple stockinette one, with its redeeming feature being a horizontal cabled strip running around the chest. (That’s right, I just cannot knit a sweater with only stockinette stitches. πŸ˜› )
Horizontal cabled cardigan For this cardigan, I first knit the cabled strip — it is about 7cm (2.75″) wide. I calculated it for a length of chest circumference minus border. I then used stockinette gauge to pick up the required number of stitches from its longer edges, and have continued with plain stockinette stitches for the top and bottom parts. I’m shaping the neck, armhole and waist as necessary.

I’d abandoned this project for quite a while due to reduced knitting time / inclination — I got busy with other creative projects decorating my room, and knitting took a backseat. Now that I feel like knitting again, I’m hoping to finish this one soon. I just love the soft pink color! ❀

Speaking of abandoning, there was another project that I’d started, not knowing if I’d like it. A shawl using some fingering weight yarn. (Also pink, heh. Was it an unconscious “girly” decision? πŸ˜› ) My original thought was to make a lacy one, but I don’t do super-lacy, so I did something different using short rows.
Shawl from fingering weight yarn I liked how it looked when I started it, but now I really cringe seeing how it’s coming along. I know I’ve spent some time on it, but I’m thinking if I should frog it. My sister was aghast when I told her this. (To tell the truth, I myself was aghast when I thought of frogging.) But then, instead of spending more time and energy into something that I don’t like, it’s better to let it RIP. (See what I did there? πŸ˜› ) I’ll leave it in my project cupboard for a few more days before finally deciding whether to tear out the needles from it.

Maybe I should do super-lacy…