Knitter’s Confessional

I spent a day at home this week, watching a sick Squirms and, during her many naps, found myself with time to actually cull through my stash and get an accurate look at the various projects I have in progress. Which leads me to this post. I have a few confessions to make. These are things I’ve kept to myself, too afraid to mention out loud.

1. I do not like acrylic yarns. As such, I’m going to give the few balls of acrylic I’ve collected to a family member this afternoon. She likes to work with it, they’re great colors, so why not?

2. Knitting in the round is zero fun unless a) you’re making socks or b) you’ve got enough stitches on the needle that you don’t have to constantly fiddle with the cable. I pulled out multiple projects in progress this week because they didn’t meet these criteria and, boy, am I happy about this.

There’s the doily in superfine cotton I got in Spain a few summers back.

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…a combination cowl/shawl thing in pretty yarn

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…and a tiny baby sweater that was bottom-up and too fiddly to want to deal wtih

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3. Colorwork just isn’t for me. I started on this colorwork hat in fingering weight yarn, oh, early 2012. Maybe done ten rounds on it since that first push to make it. Now frogged. Not quite sure what, if anything, I’ll do with the yarn I recovered as, well, it was half knit up for three years.

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4. I should stop attempting to make myself a sweater. If I really want a hand-knit sweater (see number 5), I can find someone to knit one for me in exchange for three pairs or socks or something. I tossed the February Fitted Pullover pieces as that was my second attempt on that pattern and that yarn had already tried to be two other sweaters for me previously. Then there’s this Every Last Year attempt.

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5. I’ve broken three size 7 needles in the last year. I called my LYS and, apparently, they’ll replace broken needles. At least I only lost $20 or so as I buy cheap ones.

So, fellow knitters – have anything to confess?

4 thoughts on “Knitter’s Confessional”

  1. Wow, frogging those beautiful projects…that takes courage! However, I absolutely agree that if something isn’t pleasant, it’s time to move on. I’ve found that when I start to look at something as ‘work’ instead of relaxing and enjoyable, it’s a disservice to the designer, the yarns, and to me. And frogging is like pulling a band-aid off…if you do it quick, the pain doesn’t last. Don’t overthink it, just do it! LOL!!


  2. I have an awful case of startitis! There is a single sock waiting for a mate, a half-done baby jumper I’m still not sure I will finish before my kiddo grows out of jumpers completely, a superfine two-color scarf, and a stuffed bunny I don’t know why I dropped.

    I also collect yarn for large projects because one time, when I didn’t know better, I knitted a huge sweater with 3 (yes, 3) different dye lots of a green yarn and a fourth which was a completely different color because they discontinued the yarn. So I have yarn for a husband-sweater I may not ever make, yarn for a sweater for me I may never make, various yarn in odd quantities I bought in New Zealand (how could I leave the sheep without their wool??) and old acrylic that I will never use for anything because I hate the way it feels for most wearable projects and it’s useless for most utilitarian projects.

    I’m now inspired to frog a few of the oddballs and hope for a better life for them.


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