This week I'm going to share with you a dilemma that many knitters face when they have screwed up a pattern. Do you tink (knit backwards - really it spells knit backwards) or do you simply tear the whole project apart or back it to a certain point? Well, I will do neither. I have a thing about never tinking back. bahahaha Yes, I have decided that my knitting will forever have my artistic mark of going with the flow which includes mistakes, um, unique marks. Well, what I have neglected to tell you is that I don't have a problem with someone else tinking or tearing back for me. Yes, it's always less painful when you have someone else take apart the knitting you have worked so hard on. Also, I have more projects that are done correctly than not. It's just that those not so correct ones are the ones I talk about because there is always a good story. Perfect means no story because it was done right, eh? Oh, now the lightbulb goes on, tehehe.
This week I let KellyJ at Your Local Yarn Shop tear out a decent amount of my cowl that I've been knitting. This was after Melissa helped tink back a section of it two days prior to change the needle size. I decided that I would come up with my own pattern of sorts by loosely following other patterns but missing one major component...gauge. Yes, I decided to use a bulky yarn instead of a worsted weight and used a larger size needle than the pattern I was looking at as a reference for the cast on of stitches. I was good with that because I wanted a looser knit around the arms. Where I failed was in the decrease. The cowl just fell right off of me so Kelly tore back enough so that I could compensate for gauge and give it some hefty decreases. She then suggested that when I get home to put it on scrap yarn and check the decreases before I put my final ribbing in and bind off. That makes sense, eh? What would make even more sense is knitting a gauge swatch in the future but hey, that would require actually thought and I do like to just go with the flow.
Well, I also didn't think about the fact that I was knitting with Alpaca and Wool, primarily Alpaca (I used Misty Alpaca yarn and Bear Mountain wool). This cowl is heavy but heavenly and it will keep me warm, which is what I want. This is what I didn't think about...the growing factor. When I put it on scrap yarn it fitted like I wanted it to but once I finished it and blocked it...it had grew...again. Where did my decreases go? Now there is no one here at the farm who will tink or tear for me nor did I want to knit that cowl anymore but there was an easy 4 inches of width that I didn't want. I was done knitting so...I got creative. I'm rather please with the results. I don't know if other knitters would be but it's my cowl and I will be the one wearing it. I folded the cowl and realized I could easily lose another four inches along the whole length so...I did. I got some yarn out and started my crappy sewing job then added some cute buttons to draw your eyes away from my crappy sewing (really, my grandmother would be spitting fits if she saw the backside of my buttons). It really is cute...who knew? So I present the Cowl of Wonder and who better to wear it than the Wonder Why Gal. Oh, my next project? I will be following (to the T) a KellyJ Key to Warmth Cowl because after this adventure in gauge madness, I want to follow a pattern I know is going to work the first time through. Now what fun adventures in fiber arts have you had this week?
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