Sunday, August 17, 2008

Another sweater gone wrong

One would think that sooner or later I'd get my act together and either become proficient at gauging yarns or just flat give up trying to knit things that need to fit.  My sweater project I so enthusiastically decided to share with you was (once again) starting to look like it might fit a line backer when I took the time to pull out the tape measure and discover that indeed, it probably would.  Since it's no longer 1980-something, and shoulder pads large enough to qualify as bed pillows are no longer in fashion, I knew my goose was cooked.  With heavy heart and practiced hands, I ripped that puppy apart and it took me most of the week to face starting it all over again. Yarnsonfence
I am determined to have this be a success!  I want to wear it when I meet my new internet friend Shawn (visit her wonderful blog called Island Sweet if you have time) in Newfoundland this fall...

I didn't have the courage to face it again immediately, so I did the only thing I knew would be comforting, short of inhaling a package of Paul Newman's Ginger-O cookies...I started a new project.  Fun!  I've been wanting to knit another of Kate Gilbert's "Clapotis" scarves (see the archives on Knitty for your very own copy).  Clapotisofanne
I grabbed a couple of skeins of Schaefer Yarn's "Anne" (560 yds. of 60% Merino superwash, 25% mohair, and 15% nylon), an Addi Turbo Lace Needle size 1 (gulp) and off I went.  It's been a couple of years since I have knitted this pattern, and I'd almost forgotten how intoxicating it is. 

What I haven't told you is that I left Taos last week and have been hiding out in Southern California, visiting friends and family.  My buddy KayKayatbeach
came with me this trip, to escape the heat of Dallas, be my exercise captain and knit with me at Starbucks' every afternoon.  It's been a blast.  Yesterday we walked about 3-4 miles, almost half of which was on the beach.  The water was warm and the tide was low.  Did I mention I am now officially the color of the row counter in the photo above?  So much for remembering sunscreen...


Bennie said...

I see your yarn is on the fence. Maybe it does not want to be a sweater!!!...Your lucky it didnt jump off and run ya,B

Martie said...

Yes, it was definitely on the fence about what it wanted to be next. However...I wrestled it down and some of it is now happily knitted into another sweater attempt! XOXO M.