Sunday, 21 March 2010

A cautionary tale

Hello there! It's a lovely sunny morning here, I hope it's the same where you are. Mr JK and I were woken up by the dawn chorus just before 5 o'clock this morning. The bird choir were certainly going at it hammer and tong, and it was lovely listening to it. A real sign that spring is on its way! This pot of mini daffodils has burst forth this week too.

spring bulbs 2010 (1)

I finished my Half Century socks this week. They're a 50th birthday present for Mr JK's cousin Monika. She's always appreciative of hand-knitted socks. I used the Circle pattern, and am really pleased how the pattern and yarn worked together.

Half Century socks 002

I discovered my first sock casualty whilst sorting out the washing yesterday. One of my favourite pairs, Dublin Bay, in a Natural Dye Studio yarn, have got a hole in the heel. My mum would have got out her wooden mushroom and darned them. I've put them in my sock drawer to think about it!! These were the socks that the Yarn Harlot knit a few stitches of at I Knit in 2008, so I'm reluctant to throw them away. They hold too many memories!

sock casualty 001

Oh yes, talking of casualties, I have a tale of woe to tell you this morning. I've been trying to finish off some projects, and this week decided to concentrate on my Ripple scarf. I was just finishing the 3rd repeat of colours, a bit too late on Friday night, when I should have listened to my body and brain saying to me 'I'm too tired to concentrate'. But no, I chose to carry on, ignoring that little voice, and disaster struck. I came to change colours, and couldn't understand why I couldn't easily attach the new yarn and get the hook through the stitch. Nothing twigged, and I carried on trying to make a hole where there obviously wasn't meant to be one. Still nothing! I tried to unpick my last row - but couldn't, and ended up breaking the yarn. It still wouldn't pull out easily. Unperturbed, I carried on unpicking, one stitch at a time, to be left with a series of loops! It was only then that the penny finally dropped! I'd been trying to attach the yarn at the start of the scarf, hooking into the foundation chain! So my scarf, which looked a little like this, but 3 times longer

Just a little ripple WIP (1)

now looked like this, with lots of little loops where my first row of pattern and foundation chain had once been attached!

an even smaller ripple WIP 001

There was nothing else for it, I had to unpick the whole scarf, as I had no idea how to sort it out any other way. So my scarf then looked like this ....

an even smaller ripple WIP 002

Although you're probably not going to believe me, I think this disaster was actually a blessing in disguise. (Yeah, right!) It had already become obvious to me that I wasn't going to have enough yarn to make a scarf of any decent length, and I knew that it was going to be tricky to match up more colours to the mini skeins I'd already bought from the Natural Dye Studio. So what I've decided to do is to make a narrower Ripple scarf, and hook each block of colour for three rows instead of two (to minimise wastage on the yarn that's already cut). Hopefully it's going to work! Here's how it's looking so far.....

an even smaller ripple WIP 004

So the moral of this story is don't crochet when you're tired!! Have you had any knitting or crocheting disasters? If so, please share them with me, so I don't feel quite such a idiot! Have a good week!


Jenny said...

I bet you felt sick about the scarf when you realised what you'd done, we've all made mistakes like that. Brave girl to start again and be positive about it. Bummer about the sock too, I just hate it when they finally give up. I'd be tempted to darn while the hole is small and give them a bit more life, but then I'm so old I was taught to darn at school. Hope the coming week is an improvement, the weather is making such a difference you can't help but feel good, think daffs.

melissa said...

wow - i second the comment that you're brave for ripping the whole scarf out!
the new incarnation is looking fantastic - hooray for brave new beginnings!!

Ozzy Blackbeard said...

Oh, I'm feeling your pain! I too have learnt the hard way that I shouldn't knit when tired.

The sock could definately be fixed, it's too lovely to throw out. :)

snoopydog said...

Oh dear, oh dear Josiekitten. I must admit to a 'little'.... well actually, quite a large, smile at your mistake. What's going on? It's usually me doing that kind of thing, not you! Anyway, the new scarf is already looking rather lovely and at least you'll have sufficient yarn to complete it. Have a good week! X

Marie-Jolie said...

Oh goodness...frogging is always a bit miserable and a bit therapeutic at the same time. :) Also, if I were you I would save those holey socks forever and ever (since the Yarn Harlot had something to do with them). Maybe frame them if you don't feel up to darning them? ;)