I’m pretty sure I’ve used this title for another post but there’s been quite a lot of this going on here today there’s no other word for it really. 

I’m still deciding on whether or not today is going to happen yet but I have a sneaking suspicion it’s not really up to me.

Firstly, I had an amazing weekend away last week, catching up with some knitterly friends. I realised when I was thinking about blogging that I completely missed the one essential blogger opportunity to show you what everyone was working on and sharing some of their amazing fibre and yarns.  So I won’t go on about except to say it cost a couple of  bed days but it was well worth it.

I’ve been knitting a Shusui Shrug for what feels like forever. There have been many mistakes and much sweary frogging but I finally got to bind off the main body last night. It has a contrasting I-cord bind off and I used some handspun merino/bamboo. It has not turned out how I expected, my handspun isn’t nearly as stretchy and floofy as the main yarns so it’s a bit stiff at the edge. I’m hoping blocking will sort this out, lots of hoping. 

I’m unhapppy with the length too but just couldn’t bare adjusting the pattern and knitting 500+ stitches per row for any longer.

So just the sleeves to do. Just, ha! In brioche, using magic loop. Yeah. 

I’ve battled on but I’m defeated right now, so the whole thing is going onto the WIP pile for  a while. I’m feeling very frustrated with the whole thing, I have that unhappy knitter thing of constantly wondering why on earth I chose such an unflattering pattern for my body shape. It looked so cool in the pattern photos but a complete disaster on me. I have to tell you that if it looked like it does on Davina (my manikin) I’d be happy but it really doesn’t and I just can’t bare to show you the photos where I’m modelling it.

I’ve even, gasp, considered frogging the whole thing. Well the yarn was super expensive and one of my friends mentioned the Boxy sweater last weekend and it would be much more my kind of thing, despite the acres and acres of stocking stitch required.

So to console myself I decided to ball up a skein of sock yarn and make some socks. I bought this gorgeous skein of merino and glitter from The Captain and Lovely and haven’t really been able to take my eyes off it. 

Hmm, until it decided to play yarn spider that is. You know, where you put it onto your swift and start winding it onto the ball winder and somehow it goes from a neat skein into a tangle of wool, glitter and dust bunnies (maybe the last part is just me). 

So here is where I’ve ended up. Consoling myself with a cuppa and a blog blurt. Thank you for being there, I know you feel my pain.

5 thoughts on “#fail

  1. itwasjudith

    Could the shrug be used without sleeves, worn over some warm tee or fitted item? The colours are very pretty, I’m sorry to hear that you don’t feel it suits you. Perhaps try to wear it indoors for some time and see if you can grow to love it?
    All the best, sending positive vibes across

    1. weavingheart Post author

      I’m going to leave it for a while and see what I’m thinking then. I’m not adverse to frogging things, especially if they’re never going to be worn but equally I may find a new love for it once we’ve had some time apart 😉

  2. rmwk100

    Hi, Rachel, and thank you for your blog. Do remember that the knitting is working for you, not you for the knitting. I stopped enjoying it a few months ago, so I just stopped doing it. Occasionally I cast something on and have a try, but when I find I’m not enjoying it, I just pull it back, and put it away, which is a real relief. XXXXXX

    1. weavingheart Post author

      Thanks Ruth, always lovely to hear from you. Yes, you’re right, it’s supposed to be for pleasure! I’ve cast on the socks and they’re going really well so hopefully that will get me back on track xx


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