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March 19, 2007

annoyingly coy

OK, I was being coy--that's annoying. I was half-heartedly trying to refrain from whining about yet another thing. Looks like I gotta be me.

Here are some more details edited (mostly for spelling and grammar) from a reply I gave to Ellen.

"Here's the poop: the pattern is Bonne Marie's Ariann and the yarn is Cascase 220. I've seen at least two very successful versions with this combination. Mine...not so much. I can't pinpoint one specific cause for my displeasure. Among the things that bug: my paired decreases look like ass and I don't think blocking is going to solve the problem (I have reknit almost every piece because I hate how they look); I am probably one of only a handful of knitters who doesn't like knitting anything but Fair Isle and socks in the round (the sleeves are worked in the round and I almost worked them flat because I hated working the stitch pattern in the round and my knitting even more closely resembled ass); I'm not confident that the sweater is going to fit or flatter anyway (test fittings so far, such as they are, have not given me confidence)."

As I told Ellen, I haven't ripped yet; I am in a cooling off period.

Frankly, the knitting mojo is at an ebb--nothing satisfies and everything frustrates. I'm waiting for the good times to roll around again.

12:32 PM | Permalink


I thought it might be Ariann. I'm sorry it's not working out for you. I hope you find something you LOVE very soon!

Posted by: Cara at Mar 19, 2007 1:28:43 PM

Strange. Will you show us the paired decreases before you rip the knitting out? Maybe someone will have a brilliant idea about how to improve them. I don't know if you're familiar with Alisonknits, but she's working on the reverse problem right now--paired increases that didn't live up to her aesthetic standards. Worth a look, perhaps?

Posted by: Beth S. at Mar 20, 2007 7:18:40 AM

How about a Bohus project ( The colors are more muted than your usual palette, but even Klee toned it down sometimes.

Or how about taking a break until you really want to start something again? There's no law that says you have to have a project on the boil all the time!

Posted by: Joan at Mar 20, 2007 10:50:47 AM

Personally I think it's okay to only like making what you like to make. That's the thing about trying new often learn that the grass isn't greener. It's also not any different than finding out you really only prefer to knit with wool rather than acrylics.

Posted by: Celeste at Mar 20, 2007 1:28:32 PM

You could make a pillow out of it! I have a few pillows!

Posted by: Anne at Mar 20, 2007 3:28:23 PM

Bleh, I'm sorry your Ariann is not working out and the mojo is low.
My decreases seem to often look terrible as well, I don't know why. On a reason project I finally went with a modified SSK: sl 1 as if to purl, sl 1 as if to knit, k both through the back loop. I'm still not terribly pleased with the result and blocking did not work any particular magic, sadly.

Posted by: BigAlice at Mar 21, 2007 11:58:28 AM

As my son reminded me this morning about (yet another) failed art piece, "If every project had Pixie Dust sprinkled on it, it wouldn't be Pixie Dust, would it?"

I'm sorry you're discouraged; I know just how you feel. April will be better. :)

Posted by: Sharon at Mar 22, 2007 10:35:40 AM

My decreases on Arianne looked like ASS also, until I realized after driving 15 miles to a yarn store, ripping out twice and countless times on the net that I reversed my decreases. Nice, what an idiot.
Maybe, it is something as simple as my dumb but fixable error. lots of luck and if you don't enjoy it don't make it.

Posted by: Jeri Ann at Mar 23, 2007 8:59:13 PM

I'm also in the middle of Ariann and I'm not really loving the "mushiness" of the Cascade 220 at this gauge. I usually like a "crisper" stitch definition, but I can't justify buying a different yarn. I ripped out an almost finished sleeve because I couldn't take the way it looked.

Posted by: Annmarie at Mar 26, 2007 8:04:42 AM