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Saturday, March 03, 2007

i hate this sweater

So the Emma Jacket is blocking, and I can't bear to look at it a moment longer. I just don't think it's going to look nice, and I don't think I'm going to wear it. Maybe I'm wrong -- like maybe a good blocking will do wonders, and suddenly it won't look frumpy and bulky. But I ain't hopeful.

I had numerous issues with this pattern, which perhaps I should direct to Knitpicks. I mean, the pattern was only $1.95, but you still expect instructions to be complete and coherent. It was all over the place, not really written like a formal pattern. There was a lot of math so that the sweater fits the knitter perfectly. And in theory that's great. But I had to keep referring back to the initial measurements, and it seemed as though they weren't referred to consistently throughout the pattern. I felt as though I was guessing a lot of the time -- like with the underarm stitches. It says to pick up the live stitches and graft them. But the live stitches are only on the bottom of the underam, and there aren't an equal number of rows facing them. So I was just kinda winging it, and that never looks good. Maybe this yarn -- which was once the failed Prepster Jacket -- is just cursed!

I am moving on to other, simpler things. Like Flair. Ain't it just darling? I intend to make it as swingy as possible. I went to good ole Knit-a-Way and got myself some Cotton Fleece in grey dawn, and I am casting on maintenant.

Of course, while at Knit-a-Way, I bumped into Marie! How obsessed and pathetic are we? (Just kidding -- I was tickled to see her.) She was buying sock yarn, and I had green paint in my hair after spending a week working on this.

Sorry for the fuzzy shot -- and the gratuitous picture of my goose - but I wanted to show off our new wall color. I just couldn't face the masking tape-colored walls any longer, so now they are Benjamin Moore's apple blossom. It makes such a difference.


Blogger Lynn said...

Hope the sweater ends up surprising you. As for that color, yum! I'm so ready for spring and that's it spot on.

10:33 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Oh WOW I love your enchanting.

Flair is completely cute, my pal Babs is doing one right now and it's beautiful.

I love Knitaway(now that I realize the owner doesn't hate me and actually lets me use the bathroom)--my ex-husband owns a store on Smith Street to it it seems like I'm always 'in the neighborhood' dropping off the kids.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Kuka said...

The room looks AMAZING! =)

1:36 AM  
Blogger Sachi said...

While I hope you're sweater is not frumpy, I usually can solve a wee-bit of frump in the dryer. ;-)

Unless size is not the problem in which case I hope you have a mousey friend who would love it.

2:23 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Love the new wall color -- so spring-y and soothing!

Flair will look absolutely adorable on you. I think it's so cute, but I could never pull it off because I've got too much, er, bulk underneath. It would probably make me look pregnant. You, however, will look like a model in it, no doubt.

8:20 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

oh no! i'm sorry to hear that this sweater is not coming out as planned. but at least you got to try steeking!

flair is such a great design. i'm sure it'll be a winner in cotton fleece.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Eek! Perhaps you can chalk up the jacket to a learning experience. You did steek, didn't you? That's big! I do hope it looks good once it is done blocking.

I love your apple blossom room. We have all the same colors in our homes.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Thanks for the Happy Hooker recommendation. Your paint job looks great, and the color seems like an especially nice prelude to spring.

My fingers are crossed on the Emma jacket! Hopefully it will surprise you.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

So sorry about your sweater. I know that horrible gut feeling that all your work was for a big ill-fitting lump of yarn -- but who knows, it may surprise you. The colour is nice at least...

Though the colour of that wall takes the cake! It's beautiful. I'm still staring at hospital green in my bedroom (and a paisley wallpaper border), so hopefully you've inspired me.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Say it ain't so!! I hope that the sweater improves with blocking. I'm sure it looks better than you think. And I love the wall color! Great job!

12:00 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I'm really sad to hear about the sweater.

Isn't it amazing what a fresh paint job can do for a room? It looks great.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter said...

I'm going to hold out hope that Emma is not a bulky atrocity until modeling shots prove otherwise! I hope it will turn out to be great for you, and if not, I hope it will instantly remind you of a good friend whom it will suit to perfection. Every once in a while I knit something that just doesn't want to be for me, no matter how I wrestle with it, and it's better to pass it on so you can enjoy seeing it on someone else instead of glaring at it in your sweater drawer.

I love the new apple blossom room!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

The new paint color is so fresh and springy. I like it lots.

Flair is a total "you" pattern, it's going to look awesome on you.

4:52 PM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Love your green wall--I have green walls, too! Though I think my green walls are just a tinge more "The Easter Bunny Wuz Here" green. Beautiful room.

And I am going to hold off on any opinions on the sweater until I see you in the darned thing! Model shots needed. Fingers crossed, though, that you end up liking it.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I really hope a good blogking will make a lot of difference!!

Flair is a new favorite of mine as well! The swingier the better!

I adore your new wall color esp. with that chair! It's fantastic!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

The wall color is wonderful- kind of matches my bedspread. Oh, and I have a goose, too. When I saw him, I just had to have him!

5:47 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Oh, that's a horrible feeling. Hopefully, blocking will work some crazy magic. I love the Flair pattern, and Wendy's instructions seem so clear.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Ha, I've had the paint chip for that color taped to my bedroom wall for...I don't know, an embarrassingly long time. We move slowly over here.

I hope you're wrong about Miss Emma...

8:28 PM  
Blogger Yarn It said...

First of all, I LOVE the green room! It is gorgeous! I really hope your sweater works out. It is hard to tell how it looks from the picture but I know how hard it is to get a nice finished product out of a terribly written pattern.
You will love Flair. I could so see that on you.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I just finished a project that I am questioning myself. Not the happiest feeling in the world. The green room should help. It looks great!

10:54 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I think the Emma sweater will look great next to the apple green walls! Hopefully blocking will solve your anticipated woes.

I'm really tempted to make flair too, perhaps in a wooly wool.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

dotLove how your room turned out! The color is great. I hope that the sweater turns out well an that you don't truly hate it. That sucks about the pattern, but you learned a new skill with the steeking right?

2:56 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, that's too bad about the sweater. That color is gorgeous. I love the Swing coat too, but am buried under other projects.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I hope the sweater blocks out well. The color is lovely!

Flair looks like fun.

Great room color!

12:50 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

I love the wall colour so much! It is so fresh and vibrant. I love it when people take risks with colour.
Sorry to hear you aren't pleased with your sweater. That sucks when patterns are so vague - I used to think it was something wrong with me as a knitter, but experience has taught me otherwise (pattern reading wise that is!)
Can't wait to see Flair. Seems like a perfect choice for you - super cute.

1:26 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I am digging on the green walls. I just love them! I have green walls, too, but they're, well, poopy green.

2:02 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

BTW: I was going to say, and since I know your size and how you like things, you can add a few more increases to the body of Flair, and instead of doing dec on the sleeves, you can do increases...Just some tips from me. (It's one of those patterns you can totally design for yourself on the fly.)

2:42 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

Sorry you're bummed about the sweater. I bet it will turn out better than you expected...but I hate taking the time to finish up stuff that I'm not confident with.

However, the green wall color is fabulous, as is the blue chair in the corner!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I love that green! Such a beautiful color! great pieces in there too. I love the way you arranged it ;)

Bring on the sweater, and let us see!

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Dorothy said...

Too bad about the sweater. I hope blocking fixes it right up for you. Flair is cute though.

Love the wall colour. So bright and peaceful at the same time.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Hi Carrie,
I couldn't figure out how to email you...yeah, I'm that smart!

In any case, he owns Hasker at 333 Smith Street, it's a sort of gift and design store. It's cool and I'm happy for him, are you near there by any chance?

8:25 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Your green walls looks so beautiful! I really like how your new place is all coming together.
I bet you will love the Flair pattern. It's sure to look adorable on you.

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

aww, man. i hope that the blocking worked miracles. i would hate to have all that hard work to have gone to waste. :( it would make me too sad. . .*sniff*

your apple green walls are just lovely, tho. it's perfect. speaking of which, this reminds me that i need to bug my boyfriend about painting the walls of his bedroom real soon. his roommate moved out a few weeks ago and Brian decided to take her room. that's swell and all but i should mention that she had painted the walls of her room lilac with an aubergine trim. not only is it horribly girly and pruple my least favorite color, i despised his old roommate so i want all traces of her GONE. what does all this have to do with your post? nothing. but i needed to vent.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous craptina said...

Put it on and take a photo- I'm sure it's fine; you might just feel crazy for staring at that pink for so long :) I hope it fits you perfectly, and if it doesn't the yarn is cursed and I'll help you burn it and we'll bury the ashes.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

doesn't sound like knit picks utilizes a tech editor. shame on them! well i hope it works out for you after all!

and what nice green walls you have!

10:43 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

Dude- I love that color. Green is just the happiest color.

Keeping my fingers crossed for your jacket! Sucks about the pattern- you should let them know, definitely.

1:58 PM  
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8:53 AM  
Blogger Nettie said...

My bedroom in my new apt i painted that color. I had been trying to get a nice green in my last place but the one I choose looked like space vomit or something. I have my fngers crossed for your sweater.

9:04 AM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Sorry you're not liking the sweater--it's so damn frustrating when you spend so much time and end up not liking it. Maybe blocking will help!

I'm with you on Flair, too. It's super cute and stylish!

6:45 PM  

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