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Yarn, Needles, An Extinct Bird……What More Do You Need?

Frustration… October 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 7:19 pm

I”ve recently been working on a Tomato. This is a perfect example of knitting because I want the end result, not because I want to do the actual knitting. I mean, except for the 12 rows of stranded work, the whole thing is stockinette. Not much of a challenge there.

But I love the way it looks and wanted to have one to wear. Plus, when Closeknit closed in May they had Mission Fall 1824 cotton and Cascade Luna on sale for a dollar a skein. How could I say no to that?

The only problem was that they didn’t have enough in any one color to make the thing, so I got three and have put them together. Here is a shot of it a little over halfway done.

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I think the green, brown and tan go nicely together, don’t you?

I cast this on several months ago, but it got set aside with only a few rows done while I worked on stuff for the shop. Unfortunately, one of the shirts I was making for the shop misbahaved and needed to go sit in the corner for a while and I needed something a little simple and already started to build up some knitting mojo. So I grabbeb my Tomato.

It was just what I needed. The stockinette that I could do in the dark proved a perfect companion that week, especially since I spent that weekend at the Honda Center for the Women of Faith conference and they kept the lights off most all the time. Also, having nearly two full days with nothing else to do but sit and listen to speakers, I got a lot of knitting done. By Saturday night, I had cast of the last stitch on my Tomato and was looking forward to wearing it to church on Sunday.

Then disaster hit.

You see, the longest cord I had for my Knitpicks Option Harmony needles is a 34″. (I’ve since bought a 40″)  Now, that’s plenty long to knit the thing, but not long enough to try it on and I was too lazy to put it on waste yarn to do so. So I was taking a chance it would fit.

Bad idea.

It didn’t.

When I put it on, the top was at least a full size too big. But the bit from the standed band down fit perfectly. How does that happen, you ask? Well, it’s simple really. The top bit was knit back and forth, while the bottom was in the round. I purl rather loosely, so my guage was way off on top. But the bottom, being all knit, was right on in the gauge and so it’s perfect.

So, what to do, what to do? The idea of taking the whole blasted thing apart and starting all over made me sick, so I wracked my brain to find a solution.

What I came up with was this:  I would cut the yarn right above the stranded band, put the whole bottom on waste yarn, rip out and reknit the top, and then kitchner it back onto the bottom.  Here’s the top after I took it off.  You can see how big it is.  It’s would be rather indecent to wear it at this point.

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I thought it was a good plan. I couldn’t wear it the way it was, I didn’t want to reknit the whole thing…so I saw this as a compromise. So, I took it apart…

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And started reknitting. I wanted to make sure the thing fit better, so I not only knit the size smaller on the pattern, I went down a needle size. It was tedious, but I reminded myself that I was knitting smaller, so it wouldn’t take as ling at the first time. That seemed to help a bit.

Then, when the knitting was done, I had the daunting task of kitchnering it back together. That’s what I did while waiting for my MIL to make it through surgery. It was perfect because it was pretty much brainless, but still kept me occupied enough so that I didn’t worry as much.


And, with all the knitting, ripping, reknitting, and reattaching done…How does it look? It’s still not quite right! I’m so upset about it. I was really looking forward to having this for Fall, but it’s still not what I was hoping for. And now I don’t want to work on it anymore. It’s been put in time out until I can figure out what to do with it. WHat’s wrong with it, you ask?


It’s still too low cut! Though, I will admit it’s not as bad as it was before. Before it was so big that even an under cami wouldn’t have looked right. Plus, the sleeves didn’t fit right. Now the sleeves are perfect, so it’s definately an improvement. But not enough of one to satisfy me. And it’s not like I can sinch up the top bit, because it’ll make the bottom too short. I was really one skein short on the green yarn. If I’d had one more skein, I could have added a few inches to the bottom and then just sinched up the top. As it is, I’m thinking I might have to knit some kind of panel to attach to the top. But I don’t have any matching yarn, so I’d have to go with another color for it.  Is that a good idea, or do you have any other better suggestions?


2 Responses to “Frustration…”

  1. Kelly Says:

    If it’s any consolation, dear, my Tomato came out way too big and way too “indecent” as well.

    As far as helpful suggestions, if you REALLY want it done AND wearable, then frogging it is the only suggestion. My only real gripe with the pattern is the total lack of notation for negative ease, and that is really necessary in this particular design. Going for an inch *below* what you’d normally measure is not too much, especially with a cotton yarn. As it stands it’s time wasted because you don’t like the way it looks and you’ll never wear it.

    I’m sorry. I hate it when a plan goes awry.

  2. turtlegirl76 Says:

    I’ve been wondering where you’ve been! I’m so sorry about your MiL. I hope she recovers quickly. She’s a very lucky woman!

    And what an ingenious solution to you Tomato. If you did it once, you can do it again.

    (And yeah, that test knit? I haven’t been a good test knitter for you. I’m sorry.)

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