Sunday, September 22, 2013

Busy Summer - Here Comes Autumn!

It's been a very busy summer - everyone goes on vacation, and we cover job duties for one another - and some folks get sick!  Not me - but a good friend who is a vital member of our work team did get sick, so it was back to overtime work for me!

I taught at Palmetto Tat Days in early September, and had a blast - it's always so much fun to be with friends who have much the same interests!  Some are also avid knitters, and that started a train of thought that led to knitting and my ever-growing yarn stash. 

I started looking through all my needlework stuff and discovered I couldn't find half the knitting needles I wanted - duhhh - they're all in works in progress!  It's nice to know that I can find them at Michael's and at HobLob (some sizes/kinds also available at Wally World), but as this was last Sunday, and I wasn't thinking about Wally World, we went to Mikey's.  I had looked over some free patterns online and found a shrug; I got the needles (a set of double-points and a 29" circular), and ... yes, I looked at yarns!

I have learned so much in the past week -
  • Red Heart makes more than just the 4-ply worsted weight we all grew up with;
  • Red Heart makes a boutique yarn called Unforgettable, which is like an acrylic version of roving;
  • Red Heart should issue a warning with each ball of Unforgettable that warns you of impending frustration should you try to rip out what you knitted incorrectly.
Honestly, what should be so difficult about knitting Feather & Fan pattern?  Three rows of stocking stitch and one pattern row - what's so hard?  Well, let me tell you - because roving will split and you can (I did) inadvertently make an increase where you didn't intend.  It's also an absolute bear to un-knit - or even to remove the needle and try to rip with abandon; roving likes to stick to itself.  I got out my sharp little scissors and carefully snipped the strands trying to make friends with the stitch next door, and managed to get all the way back to my K2P2 ribbing.  At that point, I gave up on Feather & Fan and decided to try Trinity Stitch, which I memorized back in 10th grade (roughly 300 years ago, give or take a decade).

No, those aren't cobwebs -
they're roving fibers looking for friends!
It's hard to knit Unforgettable - - it's even harder to re-knit Unforgettable.  Let us draw the curtain on this tragic little scene; suffice to say that the ribbing and the lumpy bits that used to be the Unforgettable that I ripped back several times are in the basket and may stay there.  In the meantime, I found several online comments that this particular type of yarn is better suited to crochet, and I found a beautiful shawl pattern free online, so that's the plan for the upcoming week.  I have plain ol' worsted that I'll use to make the shrug.  I may even go back to Feather & Fan!



  1. oh goodness, the colors were pretty. some yarns are not user friendly. Good luck with the new starts.

    1. It does work with crochet - I even used some of the lumpy bits, and it looks fine! I do want to find a smaller hook (know one is in this room somewhere) and use a new ball of thread. I think it will look great!

  2. Oh dear, I feel your pain. Such a shame but you'll win one way or another.

    1. Crocheting it is working - and I am happy with it, although I do wish I could have knit it. Oh, well - another thread, another day!

  3. I remember being surprised that the fuzzy/furry yarns were much easier to crochet than knit. And since the stitches don't even show, it didn't matter, and it was just a scarf I was making. But I would rather knit a shrug or sweater than crochet it. Thanks for giving us this 'review' of the yarn!

    We all have those knitting UFOs and 'missing' crochet hooks. I enjoyed the humor in this post! I was also in tenth grade 300 years ago! Also sorry you had to work overtime again. Hope your friend is better.

  4. She is - and looking forward to returning to work (me too!). Hopefully I can get some work done on the crocheted shawl at lunch today (the swatch I crocheted up shows me where I need to tweak the pattern for my crochet style. And - I should get to leave on time today for a change! YAY!!

  5. complimenti per i lavori , brava ciao.