Aka: spruce cowl, take two.
You guys remember my pretty spruce cowl , right?
Well. I finished the first skein! And Russian joined the second skein!
…then I went to knit night and re-saw my inspiration spruce cowl knit by a friend.
And it was squishy
…like a marshmallow.
My spruce? This full skein and a bit of rather gorgeous berroco vintage knit and knit (and knit) during some intense hockey games? And ringette games? And ballet classes? And swimming lessons? (Which, actually, all happened in one week, I might be being
a wee bit overly dramatic)
Ya, that’s the one. It was neither squishy, not marshmellowy. Where did I go wrong?
Well my dears, I did a simple thing wrong. I knit my vintage to the gauge on the tag. Not the gauge of the patterns. Ugh, rookie mistake!
I couldn’t bear to frog all that work right away, soI thought an experiment was in order. I frogged just the second skein, and then CO using much bigger needles. 6.5 mm vs 4.0 mm.
And it was glorious. Squishy. Like a marshmellow. Left, old and stiff. Right, new squishy goodness.
Oh my poor Knitters heart. A whole skein of perfection (if it was a sweater!) to rip back.
I figured what better time to rip back then when I could at least share the experience with people who would understand my
Put the tail in the winder…
Try not to cry…
…cry a bit
But, realize it is for the best. If that’s one thing knitting has taught me, is that you can fix your mistakes. Sure it can take a while, and be hard work and hurt…but you can fix ‘me if you really want to.
Plus, I had made a single mistake way back that I won’t have to reweave now, so yay! Hehe. Silver lining baby. Not to mention, I won’t have to buy a third skein to make it the length I had hoped it would be!
Of course, I’m also still working on my Lush, one more inch and I’m on the bottom ribbing! Hip hip hooray!!
Off to yarn along!