Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The betrayal of a sweater

This weekend I made very steady progress on my Green Gable. And Sunday night I (finally) bound off. That was when my pleasant, relaxing Sunday evening screeched to a hault and the cussing began.

It's too small...way too small. Although I had perfect gauge, at some point I moved from 5 stitches to the inch to 5 1/2. It's so tight that the extra length I added (2 inches by the way) got eaten up as it got stretched out horizontally. B didn't help any by saying that it looked good to him. Of course he would think that, considering it was now a crop top and you could see, um, well, everything through the knit. Ugh!!! And I was so looking forward to this being something I could wear all the time.

And yes, I know you can try this on as you go. And I did... once. It was a little small under the arms, but I figured I was at the widest point of the sweater and everything else seemed to fit like it was supposed to. I figured nothing would really change while I worked the body. Man, I'm still pissed. I could "fix" it by taking out the ribbing, adding even more length and then binding off again in a larger needle. But, I've already decided that I don't want something that I am not going to *love* to wear. I'll probably need to give it a couple days, but I plan to take it all out and do it over properly. It may end up being my spring knit, but I won't be happy with it at all if I just try to make it work.

On the other hand, I am super happy that the Sexy Knitters Club just voted the Simple Knitted Bodice to be one of the next knit along patterns. I am really looking forward to knitting this and now I have a free slot in my active project list. Also, in the next couple weeks before the SKB knit along and the start of Eunny's Vest class, I am going to try to make some significant progress in some of my other projects. I think I will try to make a weekly goal to knit so much of this and so much of that. I still have half of my Cable 8 to finish which should really only take a couple days of knitting since it is such a large gauge. A couple of my other projects can easily be segmented up into progress chunks, too. I'm actually really excited to see some of these things gradually marked off the WIP list and added to the FO list.

8 comments:

knitzalot said...

I am so sorry about Green Gable! I don't know why the ballband says to use a size 6 needle - that produced way too tight of a gauge for me.

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Ouch! That's not fun. It sounds about like (but the opposite of) a sweater I started a couple of winters ago for my husband. You could have put two of him in the body section, but the arms were fine. He's still waiting for me to get that one made for him. Someday...

amanda cathleen said...

urgh! That is horribly aggrivating! Such a lovely color too...

Jennifer said...

Ooo goody! I SKC knit I want to do!

Oh no about the fit of green gable. Frogging and redoing sounds awful, but you'll feel better about it once it's done.

crzjane said...

So sorry to hear about your GG. Frogging is probably the only way to go. It would be refreshing and a new beginning.
Isn't it like a man to like a tight sweater. ;-)

Theresa said...

So sorry to hear it! After it's time out, you should try again. The yarn is really a great color for you.

mle said...

So dissapointing! I think it's happened to all of us at some point or another.....the only thing to do is to move on!

Nonnahs said...

It sucks, but take it from me- once you've got it right again, it will totally be worth the redoing. Just put it aside for a while. You'll know when you're ready to pick it up again.