|Yeah, the sleeve colors are not perfect--but I would have had to buy another ball of yarn to match them!|
FO math for this piece: Great Pattern + Great Yarn = Great Sweater!
On to the disaster! You may remember this piece from another WIP Wednesday:
|Off to such a good start--anyone know a giant who needs a cowl?|
Great Pattern + Gorgeous Yarn + "Winging it" when changing the yarn gauge=Giant disaster cowl!
I used the awesome "Pretty Thing" pattern, which I have used successfully for two other cowls before and Artyarns Beaded Mohair Silk (which is absolutely luxurious to work with). The problem? the Artyarns is a sport or light worsted weight and the pattern calls for fingering/lace. So I just lopped off two pattern repeats from the width and got to knitting. The awful thing is, I know how to modify patterns correctly, I just didn't bother messing with the math. Mistake. huge, oversized, giant cowl of a mistake. I pulled this triumphantly off the needles, ready to wear something lovely--soft and sparkling....and realized how oversized it was. It looks terrible, and all the lace work is just squashed in on itself, even blocking didn't help.
So, choices now:
- Leave it hidden in the project bag until I forget it exists (what I have been doing since Monday)
- Felt it to make it smaller--I know the mohair will felt, not sure how the other components will react
- Frog it--but it will take a while and may shred the mohair, it is very grabby.
- Find a cow or yak that needs a pretty cowl for spring, and gift it.
What do you think? Any other suggestions?