Today’s project is a tale of my growth as a knitter (GAAK for short!). In more ways than one…
A couple of years ago, on my birthday actually
, I decided I’d start a project in the Wollmeise so generously gifted to me by my blog buddy Michele
(she’d given me TWO skeins of Rosenrot, before all the WM hype really began! Wow – just amazing!). Anyway, I chose a pattern and knitted away, slowly – it was for me so no rush.
Lately I’ve noticed lots of people making garments from their WM sock yarn, and since I’d picked up another skein of Rosenrot a while back (how can I not – it’s “RoseRed” in German!) I started to regret my initial pattern choice because it seemed to make more sense to make something that uses all 3 of the skeins.
And so, dear readers, I frogged it. A half done scarf. Yes, me, frogging a perfectly good half knit item! (GAAK #1: accepting that frogging is completely ok and will not break me)
It went from this:
And after yesterday, it’s now looking like this:
The Luminarie Skirt
(Ravlink) by Annie Modesitt, from IK Summer 2009. I know! A knitted skirt! (GAAK #2 – if you count making a knitted skirt some sort of growth and not a big mistake!). I do think this is one knitted skirt that works – not figure hugging – so should actually skim over bumps and not bag and sag with wear. And it’s entrelac! And lace! Fun!
I even swatched (GAAK #3). Important, because the called-for yarn is sportweight silk, and I’m using fingering/4ply merino. And even though I had nowhere near gauge, I started anyway, in the next size up, figuring that would be ok (um, do I lose GAAK points for that?).
Of course, it isn’t ok…there’s no way this will fit around my waist (that’s an 80cm/32″ circular it’s on – so NOT my waist measurement). But you know what? I’m going to keep knitting for a little while longer anyway, to allow me to accurately size it up so I can make it to actually fit me! (Oh yeah, GAAK #4 – knitting for experiment sake, even though I know I’m going to have to FROG it (again) and thereby undo all those HOURS of work).
Hmmm, this being a grown up is kinda weird for me.