Ever work hard on something only to hate the end result? Sometimes, nothing prepares you for it even when you follow all the rules.
The other night, after I cast off my last stitch on my half sweater/half poncho (that’s “swoncho“) and tried it on for size, I realized I hated it.
The swoncho looked frumpy…and although I hadn’t tied in all the ends, and officially finished it off by bathing and blocking it, the swoncho just didn’t look right. Too short. Weird seaming. Even though not expressed in the pattern, the back should have been made longer than the front to compensate for that bass. Yeah, no. Not good.
When I talk about knitting projects gone awry, sometimes I can fix what is broken. I can pull out seams and add more length, or shorten sleeves. But this pattern doesn’t allow for it because it is knit from cuff to cuff (horizontally) instead of the conventional waist to neck (vertically). The length of the swoncho was set once you cast on to your needles. No fixing that. Game over.
Knitting really teaches you patience and endurance. Sometimes both of these factors wear thin on me and after I’ve completed an especially challenging project, I will take an extended hiatus on knitting for a few months.
The instructions to the swoncho were simple enough to follow. The frustration factor was next to zero. I actually enjoyed this knitting experience for what it was. If the swoncho looked great when finished, it would have been the most boring knitting story ever. But, not all is well for the swoncho. And, lucky for it, aside from the time I spent knitting this, I am ready to move on to using this swoncho wool for something else. What else? To be determined.
Not only are patience and endurance important knitting attributes, so is stubbornness…
CODA: This Swoncho’s wool has been re-purposed into a fantastic raglan sweater! Read more here!