Thursday, 15 November 2012

Advice from a spider?

Scottish children are brought up with the story of Robert the Bruce.  Robert was a disheartened king who was inspired to carry on by the sight of a spider trying and eventually succeeding to make her web. The lesson he learned - if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again.
Terje Vigen Mitts in handspun Hebridean and Merino ( the blue bit )
I'm in need of some spiderly inspiration myself this week after spending days knitting what I thought would turn out to be a fabulous hat. Instead of a beautiful striped affair all I have to show for my efforts is two skeins of unravelled yarn soaking in a bowl. I had hoped to make this hat and I've got no quarrel with the pattern as I was using handspun yarn and didn't make a gauge swatch. That'll teach me. While I loved knitting the clever shaping and the bright slipped stitches, the end product was too floppy to show them off and the rib had a terrible tendency to slide down over my eyes. To make matters worse, I'd already used this yarn to knit another hat pattern that tuned out too big. I'm beginning to wonder if I've been cursed with a particularly small noggin.
The felt balls before. best use for a pair of tights ever.

If at first you don't succeed - rip the thing back and cast on for another hat. That's what I love about knitting, there are very few mistakes that can't be rectified by ripping back, felting or some other radical act of craftwork. This time I will be re-knitting in a pattern called Joon. I'll make the stripes different and omit the slipped stitches for this one. Who knows, the third attempt might just be the winner.

After - cat waits patiently.
Jabob fleece after combing.
It isn't all bad,  in the last wee while I've knitted two successful projects and have been persevering with my Jacob fleece prep. I'm using some of the leftovers from combing to make felted balls. Magnus thinks that they are cat toys but I really meant to make felted garlands. The cat has won so far. There are wooly spheres rumbling around all over the floor.  There is a lot of fleece to use up so by Christmas there might be enough of them to please me and the beast.
Kaiso pattern from Knitted Socks East and West. Modified to use some Manx Laoghtan handspun.


Jani said...

soap up those little paws and he can get in on the felting while he's batting balls around! lovely knitting!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Now those last are the kind of socks I could be tempted to knit and I never knit socks!

Sorry about the hat, but you are so right ... my latest beaded affair has been ripped right back to the beginning because I didn't like the neck selvedge, but it will be back soon, and all the better for the alteration.

Of course those felt balls are for Magnus, how could you think otherwise!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I feel your disappointment ~ but I love the new hat pattern you chose. BTW I think those patterns run a bit big... I also frogged one that was going to be too big for my noggin. Love those felt balls BTW