I am writing this during breaks between undertaking a very unsavory task. One that sometimes can be satisfying, depending on the circumstances.
Circumstances such as the top-down knee high socks that I attempted back in 2014, which made it as far as two attempts at the cuff before I tossed it into hibernation. I finally frogged those earlier this summer! Or the situation where you just fall out of love with the yarn and/or pattern, like my Bliss cowl and hat set. Frogged that and used the yarn to make an adorable baby sweater for a friend.
This is not one of those circumstances. I am in the middle of frogging my Honey Pullover which I started in May of 2017. And I still love the yarn AND the pattern. But it’s not going well for a few reasons:
- My understanding of ease at the time of cast on was…lacking.
- I have gained back some weight, so the size I started will NOT fit me if I finish it as is.
- I do not have enough of this yarn to restart it in the next size up, and trying to match a new skein of indie dyed yarn to this yarn I bought in 2014 is laughable.
I’m trying to look on the bright side, trying to tell myself that this was a learning experience:
You tried something new! You have never knit a pullover before…
You at least got some practice in doing waist shaping and separation for sleeves…
Well, now you know that you need to learn more about ease!
All I can think about as I undo ALL. THOSE. ROUNDS. is how now my lovely, expensive Tess Designer Yarn now resembles ramen noodles. I am trying to very loosely and neatly ball it back up by hand, so that it can relax a bit and not be stressed out even more by a ball winder.
I do plan on attempting to make the Honey Pullover again in the future, after I gain a better understanding of ease and size selection, and buy that extra skein to ward of Yarn Chicken. And I do have other plans for this yarn, if it will play nicely with the grey Tess Yarn I have stashed, in a Feather and Fern pullover.
But right now, I’m dealing with the slow, careful process of creating and organizing yarn ramen into balls.