I am making a cute little hoodie for my grandson’s third birthday, adorned with construction trucks. (He loves trucks.) I zoomed through the picture portion of the project, eager to see how it would look. In the process, I made a zillion mistakes and ran into innumerable mysteries regarding why everything was not working out as it should.
I ripped out, re-knitted, ripped out again, and finally took it to the local knit shop for advice. It seems that if you skip the crucial step of checking your gauge, in other words how many stitches and rows per inch, things just may not come together right. I was excited and lazy and forged ahead without worrying about it. Surprise, it matters!
I had to start all over, probably losing about 15 hours of effort, with smaller needles and hard-earned wisdom. The smaller version of the “digger” is in the right gauge. The larger one is going to be unraveled and the yarn used to do other pieces over.
Another goal with this project is to make all the yarn from my goats’ mohair, dying and spinning it all to fit the requirements. I am getting better at spinning, but still have some lessons to learn about dying it. I needed the light green in the picture, so I took several batts of white that I’d carded months ago and threw it into the dye pot. I loved the color! Then I fished it out and put it into my washer to rinse and spin. It turned into big lumps of felt! I did not throw it away, but it took a good deal of effort to brush it back into a soft pile that I could spin. I developed some muscles, if not blisters!
I’ve joined a knitting race sponsored by a knitting website called “Ravelry”. The goal is to complete a project from start to finish during the Winter Olympics, and so it is called the “Ravellenic Winter Games”. I haven’t double-checked to see how much longer I have to get this done because I was sure I could do it. That was before I began that repetitive process of knitting, unraveling, knitting, unraveling, swearing, knitting, ….I think the moral to the story of my life is “Haste Makes Waste.”