Monday, September 08, 2008

Success and Failure

Ready for another excuse for not blogging? Well, I came home from vacation and promptly got sick. After two weeks with a sore throat and choking cough I finally went to a doctor who said I had an upper respiratory infection and put me on antibiotics with horrible side effects. So I haven’t been knitting much.
I did manage to finish the Lady Surprise Sweater and am very happy with it. I debated making the body a little longer but then decided it looked all right the way it was.
Here is a Druid Mitten designed by Jared Flood and found in Vogue Knitting. Maybe it was my illness but I just couldn’t get it right. The yarn, a cone of Harrisville Shetland Tweed I bought in Bath, Maine, kept breaking. I kept making mistakes in the cables. I finished the body and then made a horrible mistake in the slip stitches at the top. So I decided to just stop knitting it. Maybe I’ll try again another time but I am not sure a mitten is worth so much effort. It is very complex and it doesn’t fit me well. It is too long and the palm is too tight. I like the design and I still have the yarn so I still may try again. But I’ll have to remake the entire pair because the completed left one has too many mistakes for me to be happy with it.

I know I said I would not make any more sweaters from Norah Gaughan vol. 3 but I just can’t resist. They are all just so unusual and interesting to knit. So I started Eastlake. It has numerous corrections posted on the Berroco site so maybe the knitters before me got them all. I love the leafy panel and the great shaping. We will have to see how it goes.


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