Just when I think that I am getting quite good at this knitting lark something happens to make me feel like a complete novice. I am very embarrassed to show you what a cock up I have made.
I have been knitting Red Shift by Jared Flood which is a fantastic pattern. All my favourite things; stranded knitting, steeking, knitting in the round. I didn’t use the recommended yarn because, as you know, I am on a yarn diet. I chose two yarns from Gomitolis in lambswool and lambswool/cashmere from my stash. They are typically Italian spun yarn with multiple ends and very bouncy.
I really enjoyed knitting the body of the shawl. It looked great and the steek went really well. I cast on the first part of the edging but when I finished it one side was a bit cockled. I knew I had picked up the correct number of stitches so figured I would just block out the irregularity.
Then I picked up the hypotenuse border and noticed that the gap between the decrease shapings and the edge of the steek was really showing with yarn grinning through. Yuk.
Normally I would simply unravel a project. I believe not being afraid to frog your work is one of the most valuable things I have learned. But this work is steeked so it simply isn’t possible.
At the moment I am considering unravelling all the borders and trying to tweak the pattern to compensate for the overly lofty yarn that I chose. Instead of just getting on with it, I am trying to find as many other projects as possible to take my mind off my mistakes. I need to convince myself this is a learning opportunity rather than beating myself up for working in the wrong yarn.