Over the years, knitting has taught me some valuable lessons and admitting defeat is definitely one of them.
You may start a knitting project because you are hopelessly in love with it and this happened to me with Lisa Richardson’s Balfour. Since I wanted to use as much stash as possible I decided to tinker with the colours, turning the palette almost entirely grey with a touch of black and yellow. I used Stylecraft Life, Gomitoli’s Cashmere Tweed and two colours of Felted Tweed, a quirky mix but great fun to knit with.
The romance began well and I whizzed through the first 20cm. I loved the way the colours worked together and the rhythm of the design was just perfectly in tune. But ever so gradually, knitting it became like wading through treacle. I can’t put my finger on why but I simply fell out of love.
Knitting each row became much more of a chore but I was determined not to give up. I have had this experience before but have found my way back to the joy of a design. Not this time, I’m afraid. I have managed to complete the back but that only made me realise that the shape of this cardigan is just not for me.
I have started one of the fronts but I know I just won’t wear it, even if I do finish it, so began to frog it. Admitting I have had enough of this project is tough, especially when you have invested so much time in a project, but sometimes you just have to cut your losses.
I’m not sure what I am going to do with the back. I may felt it, unless one of you wants to adopt the project and yarn to finish it.