The Learning Process (Never Ends)
November 16, 2009
This is hard to admit, a hard tale the tell and the decision was hard to make. However, once that decision was made, I knew it was the right one. Relief flooded my mind and lifted a weight from my shoulders. Denial was strong and went on far too long, but after trying and trying and trying, it's best to admit when something isn't right.
Instead of looking at this experience as a failure I've not only decided to move on (quickly), I've decided to look at what can be learned. The first thing to take into consideration when starting a sweater is to make sure the yarn and pattern know how to play well together. AND, if after 9", it becomes apparent they really aren't suitable, don't push it. A happy marriage is not made from "making do".
Another point is not to tackle a complicated pattern right after a major life event. Concepts are hard to understand and visualize. The will to succeed, ignoring the truth, can take over the ability to see errors and keep the mind in denial far too long.
To make matters worse, the beauty of a yarn, and the fabric it creates, can camouflage many problems. This yarn is so luxurious and the thought of it caressing my body kept denial at bay. Even when it's obvious the yarn was soft enough to leave gaping holes during the transition between stitches, I did not take heed. So dear knitters, please pay attention when the yarn tells you it would be better suited to another project.New Years Day (or before) the plan is to start a beautiful shawl to wrap around my neck and enhance the yarn. It will be a lasting, warm hug from Kim. This yarn is too exquisite to be part of a "failed knit".
You certainly gave it enough of a chance to see if they could be right together. Perhaps it was good that you had the opportunity to knit a yarn/pattern combination that did not work when your brain was not ready take on more. No matter how many times I type that, I cannot get it to read the way it does in my brain.
Anywho, you get to enjoy this yarn again either before this year is out, or as the next one begins, and it will be a wonderful snuggle by your neck and shoulders when the time is right.
Posted by: Sarah | November 16, 2009 at 02:16 AM
Oooh, how awful! And how brave to admit it! I think I might have hidden the cardigan in a dark corner and ignored it for at least a year. But that would be such a shame, because the yarn is so wonderful. Much better to knit a lovely shawl out of it.
Posted by: Marijke | November 16, 2009 at 03:08 AM
The river Denial always leads to Victoria Falls eventually. Glad you bailed in time as painful as it was.
Posted by: Manise | November 16, 2009 at 04:30 AM
Yup. I just did the very same thing. I'm so much happier after I ripped mine and restarted. That yarn is so pretty. Hope you had a good weekend, dearheart!!
Posted by: CindyCindy | November 16, 2009 at 05:29 AM
That's a shame but at least you feel better about it now. I hope Miss BB is still going along well!
Posted by: Carole | November 16, 2009 at 05:46 AM
That beautiful yarn kept after you until its message was heard! It wants to be a shawl and I imagine you'll love that!
Posted by: Suzy | November 16, 2009 at 05:56 AM
Maybe call it a mondo swatch? At least you know you like the yarn and the soft fabric it creates.
Posted by: Jean E. | November 16, 2009 at 06:03 AM
The end result should be what is pleasing to you..and you've made the choice that will make you happy ..it isn't a failed project..just a change of direction.
Posted by: Dianne | November 16, 2009 at 06:10 AM
Oh, a hug from Kim all year round. That will be worth it.
Posted by: TeresaC | November 16, 2009 at 06:10 AM
It will be a cozy and warm shawl! Good for you, making the hard choice there.
Posted by: Chris | November 16, 2009 at 06:23 AM
Oh no! I usually have to let the failed knits cool down for several months before ripping - I admire your strength of conviction! Maybe you've given me the inspiration to rip a sweater that was a lot of work but is tragically too small. The shawl will be gorgeous.
Posted by: Bex | November 16, 2009 at 06:53 AM
It is a fabulous yarn. A shawl will be perfect.
Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | November 16, 2009 at 07:15 AM
You should design your own shawl for the yarn. I'll bring some of my stitch pattern books on Tuesday.
Posted by: susan | November 16, 2009 at 07:33 AM
I love this yarn and was hoping to make the same sweater, but I'll let your experience inform me. Thanks!!
Posted by: Polly | November 16, 2009 at 08:06 AM
Oh yeah. You must listen to The Yarn. That is GORGEOUS stuff.
Posted by: Norma | November 16, 2009 at 08:08 AM
I loooovve Manise's comment and need to file that away for future reference... I bet you would have realized sooner if not still shaking off the drugs and shock and your body working so hard to regain strength. Falling in love with a yarn or a pattern is never a bad thing, but may only be infatuation and not a happy marriage as you described. Better days ahead... Susan's right about your abilities to design your own shawl.
Posted by: Birdsong | November 16, 2009 at 08:10 AM
I sometimes think that these are the most important posts and I'm so glad you've shared -- and all the WHYs that this didn't work out. It was a revelation to me (and so empowering) when I got back into knitting and started reading blogs that even experienced knitters were sometimes lured down the garden path -- but, even more, that they'd pull up their big girl panties (or forego them altogether and do it commando), rip it all out, and try something else.
Posted by: Vicki | November 16, 2009 at 08:29 AM
it is so hard to admit that it's not working but so satisfying too once you start something that works better and you know it was the right decision. I hope that Miss BB is working out more satisfactorily.
Posted by: Hillary | November 16, 2009 at 10:45 AM
I can't wait to see what you come up with!!
Posted by: Kim | November 16, 2009 at 11:47 AM
Admitting what you already know is sometimes the most painful thing. We've all fallen victim to ignoring that little voice in our head and telling ourselves that everything will be fine. Unfortunately sometimes we can't wish it to be. I'm glad you feel good about your decision and things have a funny way of working out. Whatever that yarn is destined to be will be fabulous and you'll love it even more because it will be the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern.
Posted by: Stephanie | November 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM
No time spent knitting is every wasted. . . even if we don't have a finished product to show! The yarn is beautiful, and will be so happy "reclaimed" as a shawl.
Posted by: Kym | November 16, 2009 at 12:58 PM
Sounds like a wonderful plan for your first-day-of-the-year project. I love that tradition of yours. I am hoping to start Gytha that day and I hope I have better luck with it than you had with this sweater.
Posted by: Cayenne | November 16, 2009 at 01:56 PM
The yarn is gorgeous and a shawl sounds perfect!
Give yourself a hug, hon...it's an odd first year after that surgery. But it gets better and better, the farther out you are...
Posted by: Knitnana | November 16, 2009 at 02:46 PM
So very, very true! I have a whole group of knitters who are good at pointing out to me when I'm pushing things too far, as apparently I'm not always good at recognizing it myself.
Posted by: Kristin | November 16, 2009 at 04:36 PM
Wisdom. Wish it was easier found, but it sounds like you've kept your perspective. Onward!
Posted by: jill | November 16, 2009 at 04:45 PM