Project – Carmela's Cardigan
Patons Pattern Book #500860 – Top Down Classics
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Sea Ice Tweeds
Blogger – YoElizbo
As I said last week in my post, The ABCs of a Bad Knitter, I made the commitment to reknit my Carmela's Cardigan, so that means I had to do the one thing we all hate to do, frog that baby. But before I did that, I laid it out and did a thorough check of all my misadventures: just how far off the neckline was off, what the back should measure, what the fronts should measure, and took careful and copious notes, using the pattern as a baseline.
Then there is only one thing left to do: Frog.
I had already buried a lot of the threads, so I picked those out and removed the neck band and button bands. Then I hooked it up to my ball winder and began the quick, surgical task of undoing it all. Frogging is bad enough, but doing it by hand makes it far too personal. So I just hook it up and in no time, all my knitting is unwound and the yarn is in nice neat balls. It seemed appropriate that we were watching Bride of Frankenstein as I silently unwound my sweater and fumed like Frankenstein's monster at my own monster mess.
Once the boy was all undone, I unraveled the yoke band to where it should have been to begin with and in no time, I had gone from the nearly completed sweater up above, to this:
Sigh. But it had to be done. Really, it did. Humor me, okay?
Now back to our originally scheduled project, notes in hand, and no lack of experience--only a humble appreciation of the fact that knitting is always a craft to be practiced.
When you run into a CLE (something my husband calls a "career limiting error") in your knitting, what do you do? Frog? Repurpose? Hitch on your big girl panties and dig in--aided by a copious amount of chocolate? Truly, this is a time to commiserate, share your disasters. You'll not find a more sympathetic knitter than me right now.