Sunday, January 17, 2010

Un-knitting

I'm a very beginning knitter...
One of the reasons that felting has appealed to me, is that it covers up a multitude of mistakes. They just felt into the process and become un-noticed. The past couple of weeks, as I worked on the baby alpaca hat that I wanted to make, just for me...the yarn is SO SOFT...and I got a little ahead of myself and then I had it finished, but I really wished it was a bit longer...so I experimented a bit. I picked up stitches all along the bottom and knit an inch or 2 there and then cast off and then tried it on...but it had a spot that was not stretchy enough... a tight line in the middle of all of my soft, snug knitting. So I knew that it wouldn't do. I ripped that out and was going to just stay with the hat that is a little too short. But then today, I thought...if it is too short, I will not wear it and I will have wasted this soft, beautiful alpaca yarn, so I undid the top, where I had decreased it so neatly, unsewing the loose ends that I had woven in to finish the hat and now I have picked up all of those green knit bumps, ending up with the exact 72 that I needed...and I started knitting again. I will knit another inch or two and then I will start the decrease and I will end the hat. It will be lovely and totally usable. I will be warm and happy. It all works out in the end...Life is Good... P.S. I am NOT making a hat for a baby, I am using baby alpaca yarn. It is very nice and very soft. And my fix is turning out quite well, so far.

2 comments:

Sue said...

You are pretty resourceful to come up with such a good solution!

=)

jinman2871 said...

Oh, those poor naked baby alpacas! Small wonder their hair is blue - they were freezing while they were being shorn! ;p