Year of the Frog

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:

  1. My understanding of ease at the time of cast on was…lacking.
  2. I have gained back some weight, so the size I started will NOT fit me if I finish it as is.
  3. 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.

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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!

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MEH.

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.

MEH.

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.

MEH.

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Yarn balls the size of my head, because Tess sells it in massive hanks. And why break the yarn when you don’t have to?