March 17, 2011

Can this Scarf Be Saved??

Unfortunately, my opinion is NO. I know, I spent a lot time knitting this much, but I just have to accept the fact that it's a failure, and rip those stitches out.
It's one of those yarns that have six wonderful (so I thought) yarns on one skein. It looked so beautiful, I just had to make a scarf. How can something so pretty turn ugly so fast? The gauge of every yarn is different and the scarf ended up getting fat and skinny with every yarn change. Some of the yarn is fuzzy like mohair, some is metallic and slender, some nubby and it's all different thicknesses. Somebody told me that I could block it, but they said that sight unseen. I stopped at the Ball & Skein yarn shop in Cambria and saw a scarf knitted with similar yarn, and asked them about it. They said to use size 11 needles, but I'm currently using size 10, so I think 13 might be better. I need advice from any knitters out there.
While I was at the yarn shop, I saw this beautiful yarn, and had to buy it. It came with a free lacy pattern and the owner showed me how to do it. Unfortunately, by the time I got home, I forgot how to do it. Yarn over and knit 2 stitches together. Huh? I couldn't get my needles through 2 stitches no matter how hard I tried.
Honestly, I'm really not good a knitting, but for some strange reason, I continue to torture myself by trying to knit. Every time I begin a project, I have to watch videos on the internet to re-learn how to do it. Then, I start knitting and ripping the project apart at least 6 times. Finally, I figured it out, and I LOVE how it looks.
It would have been a lot faster to crochet it. Hmm . . . buying a scarf would have been really easy. Sometimes, I wish I wasn't so stubborn!


imquilternity said...

You are definitely a knitter! lol You've just described the whole knitting experience. I'm not sure there's anyone out there who doesn't end up ripping stuff out. With that said, I'm wondering how your yarn would work if you knit your scarf from side to side (instead of end to end). Your areas of different yarn types/sizes would be less concentrated and not as noticeable, but still beautiful. Hope this makes sense!

Lisassup said...

I agree with pretty much everything the first comment says. I'm not a great knitter, but I've completed quite a few scarves. I always have to rip out and start over several times -- it's just harder to knit at the beginning, and it takes a while to get the hang of a project. You may remember that I had a scarf like the one you don't like. I had just completed it the first time I met you. My sister had also made it; she was unhappy with the wide-and-narrow look, so she took it apart and did it end to end, so the stripes go lengthwise. It takes dozens of stitches, but it can really look great after it's done. It's true that knitting isn't a money-saver, just a nice hobby for those who get satisfaction from handwork.

Sandy said...

You might try different size needles for each yarn change. I think that would work. If you can't knit two together on the other scarf, try a larger size for the needles. My daughter is using a knitting frame(plastic from Joanne's) and having wonderful luck, so that's another way to knit. The frame keeps the guage even.