Highs and lows

IMG_20151125_093342 (Copy)Ugh, this beanie! I have been close to finishing it twice already. The first time I messed up on the penultimate round. It was late, I tried to work back with the skinny little DPNs, made it worse, decided to unravel to the start of the decreases, couldn’t pick up all 136 stitches so in tears of frsutration i frogged it. Sob.

I cast on again the next night, 5 days later I started the decreases and realised I had the wrong number of stitches on my needles – 20 too many. Tried hat on husband’s head – massive. Again I unravelled the beanie feeling like an idiot and a Knitter Without Hope.

My sweet husband suggested I take a break from his hat as I was seriously moaning everytime I picked it up, in particular about all that ribbing (I know I’m not completely alone disliking long stretches of ribbing, Ginny recently referred to a hat she knit for Jonny as The Sacrificial Hat – it is all ribbed, eek!). After casting it back on the third time and spending one evening’s knitting time working some of the ribbing (that is about 1″ for me!), I decided to listen to his counsel.

My next project is this gorgeous little colour work jumper with squirrels on the yoke. I’ve totally stolen my colour choices from┬áJessica’s boy Henry (aka Sugarhouseworkshop) and a cardigan he has. The little swatch in the picture above is my first ever colourwork. My tension is far from perfect. I’m slow. I actually cannot hold both yarn strands simultaneously but boy, this was the perfect antidote for the beanie. Knitting a swatch has never been so fun!

Last night I was able to face, and actually enjoy, the next inch or so of the beanie hat ribbed section. Oh but I cannot wait to cast on the squirrel sweater and enjoy that colourwork again!

How are you all doing? I am so looking forward to having a bit of time over the next week to come and visit you and catch up on your current projects and news. I also want to wish a truly happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Knitting along with Ginny and Nicole.

9 thoughts on “Highs and lows

  1. emma

    Back tracking on skinny dpn’s is not fun at all!!
    Your squirrel pattern is very fun. I love colour work but can’t hold both strands of yarn at the same time either, makes the going a bit slow but I’m usually happy with the result.

    1. Tania Post author

      Your comment has given me confidence that regardless of technique this time I hopefully will have a nice little sweater – thank you. And great to have solidarity regarding skinny DPNs!

  2. Lindsay

    The squirrels are so darn cute! I think your colorwork looks great, especially for a first try. I just kinda wing it when I do colorwork — I can’t hold both strands at the same time either, but it always seems to work out just fine!


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