Remember when this was a knitting blog? *grins* Well this post is about crochet LOL
Last night I found out just how many geek & gaming videos one can watch while ripping out an entire sweater.
Earlier in the day I’d somehow found myself browsing granny square-related patterns on Ravelry yesterday, and stumbled across this pattern.
It’s the 171-35 Harvest Love Pullover by DROPS and it’s free on Ravelry. I think it’s got the potential to either look hideous or adorable on me, and hoping for the latter, I opened a new tab to check out my stash database and see if I had anything that might work. One yarn that came up was my Noro Silk Garden, because I’d never marked it as fully used in the v-neck sweater I’d knit last January.
This one. I’ve also never finished weaving in the ends for this sweater, because I’ve never been satisfied with how it fit or looked on me. I tried it on again last night and decided it was not going to ever be something I’d wear, and that Silk Garden is too gorgeous to leave relegated to a discarded FO box. So, I decided to frog it.
The process should have been easy enough: undo the bind-off on the neckline and rip that back, undo the bind-off on each sleeve and rip those back, then pull out the seam thread from each side, then undo the 3-needle bind-off from each shoulder and then frog the front and back pieces from neckline down to the hem. And it was… easy.
It was also a huge pain in the butt. I’d been so smart in my knitting that to avoid pooling I’d alternated balls of yarn every 2 rows. This now meant that every 2 rows I had to untwist the balls I was re-winding around each other. It wasn’t so bad on the body pieces because I could let them flip around to help me out, but the sleeves were still attached to the heavy body and had to be manually twisted after every short 2-row tugging bit.
It was long. How long? It took 2 Day shows (I caught up on the latest episodes of Day Off, and Mostly Walking) and 6 from Geek & Sundry (checked out some tips on finding anime and watched Damion Poitier snuggle puppies) to go from adult sweater to a bunch of balls.
So I guess now I’ve… got balls? Heh. I’ve also got a crochet chart to type out into rows I can tick off on a spreadsheet, and then I can get started on what will hopefully be the last project with which I attempt to use my lovely Silk Garden.