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Monday, January 14, 2008

Trapeze jacket, we hardly knew ya

There's something so sad about a finished object photo session without a human modeling the finished object. But I refuse to put the trapeze jacket on my body again. It just looked too dumpy and frumpy and lumpy and downright bad for my self esteem.

I couldn't even bring myself to weave in the ends. I did, though, have the common human decency to close it with a pretty brooch.

This one hurts. It really does. I've been working on it for months, and I truly had high hopes that it would become a favorite.

I accept most of the blame. I used Berocco Ultra Alpaca in a shade of gray that basically ensured maximum frumpiness. Should have picked something shinier or sleeker, but I wanted to start it right away. You know how that is.

I also suspected early on that the shoulders were too deep, starting too low on the arm, but I forged forward nonetheless. The jacket just ended up too big, despite the fact that I got gauge and knit the smallest size. Perhaps I knit looser as I went? Maybe I'll toss it in the dryer for the hell of it.

I hesitate to say this, but I also wonder if it's not just me. Even though a bunch of folks have started it on Ravelry, I can't find anyone yet who has finished it. As I've complained before, I never quite grasped the spacing of the increases in the body. The ribbing gradually grows from a 1x1 rib to a 1x2 rib to a 1x3 rib, but even after blocking, the increases look uneven and haphazard. I just feel like there had to be a better way. Anyway!

I'm currently captivated by these flowers:

I guess it's because I kinda can't stomach the prices of actual flowers. Maybe for centerpieces? Am I crazy? Here's a little practice bloom.


Blogger Kym said...

If you need centerpiece ideas- we did super inexpensive centerpieces because I blew the budget on the photos. They were super simple, but looked really nice. All they were made of were tall glass cylinders ($2 at michaels), marbles for the bottom of the vase, and a single stem of some orchid-y type flower (one stem with multiple flowers on it) and petals on the table. Elegant look for like $10 a piece. If you are interested, I should have a pic; if not, I wont be offended :)

How is planning going otherwise? Did you find a dress?

11:37 PM  
Blogger anneland22 said...

You are not crazy. I had a very simalar idea of combining knit, beaded, paper, and real flowers for my center pieces and the bouquets.

I knitted a fare amount of flowers but they didn't end up getting worked in. We ended up using candles in glass globes on mirrored plates sitting in a sea of tulle and battery operated twinkle lights. Then, I allowed my arty bridesmaids to strew the remaining live and paper flowers into the sea of tulle. It was pretty and fresh as flowers at a wedding should be, and didn't look nearly as half assed as I feared it might since I never could settle on a traditional arrangement format. I think that the knitsimple flowers would look really lovely in a sea of tulle and twinklw lights ;).

Also, I had my crew of bridesmaids carry pomanders - the round bouquets that hang from the wrist (I feel awkward carrying a bouquet and assumed that my girlfriends may feel the same way). After the rehearsal we all got together for a bridal suite sleepover and I had them assemble their own bouquets. They all looked different and lovely at the same time.

Have you checked out a local flower mart that the florists go to? They usually charge a fee to the public but $200 took me really far. We squeezed it into the morning of the rehearsal.

12:44 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Sorry about the disappointment. It sucks when you spend that much time on something and then it turns out to be a complete disaster, doesn't it? My first real adult sweater was like that. I spent tons of time, and in the end it just didn't work. And not surprisingly, I'm still the only person on Ravelry who's knit it.

I hope you can make something better with the yarn!

7:44 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

i totally feel you on the knit let down!! it can send you into a depression for sure! well yes, rip away and reincarnate that yarn into something new :-)

8:18 AM  
Blogger Nettie said...

That sucks man. I was hoping this post was a happy one about how much you love your new sweater.

If you rip it try that Drops Jacket that every one (me included) has made. Lots of Ravelry notes on that one.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Oh, crap. Sorry it didn't work for you. Don't stick it in the dryer, though. Just rip it and re-use or destash the yarn. I rashly stuck a hat in the dryer to shrink it down, and all I did was wreck perfectly nice yarn.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

What a downer :( I think we all had high hopes for this super cute jacket! I think you should wear it as a "house jacket" and see if it grows on you.

9:53 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

sucks about trapeze! i think that you should just frog it. i know you worked hard on it, but just reclaim the yarn and destash it, then move on to something better!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm sorry to hear about the Trapeze Jacket. I really like the look of the sweater, but I'm discouraged by your negative experience.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous christa said...

WAIT! i know a petite-yet-broad-shouldered friend of yours in in Denver (where it's mightly cold, in the offices, at least) who needs a gray sweater. think of the un-crafty westerners!

re: flowers--nothing speaks to your personal style more than knitted blooms. i think they would be lovely, and make great take-homes for guests (flowers that double as gifts!). question is: will you make yourself crazy doing them?

6:09 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

"It just looked too dumpy and frumpy and lumpy and downright bad for my self esteem."
Thank you for aptly describing my Klaralund experience!!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

so sad so sad. Rip it quick before the memory sears itself into your brain.

You'll find another use for the yarn, so it's not a completely lost cause.

6:46 PM  
Blogger yaiAnn said...

Aww that sucks. Maybe you can find another home for her?

9:22 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I'm sorry the sweater didn't work out for you. I took a look at the pattern page and noticed there was no gallery of finished projects for Trapeze. I had a sweater that just didn't work out for me either. I still look at the yarn and think, eh do I want to re-work it?

9:58 PM  
Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

Sorry that the trapeze was a disappointment. But those flowers sure are cute!

7:47 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

What a bummer. That's the same experience I had with the Ruffled Surplice. Only I made the mistake of taking a picture with myself inside it, just to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt how lumpy and dumpy it was. Boo.


8:47 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

damn it! i hate when that happens!
but heck, if you don't feel good in it, get rid of it! :)

those flowers are super cute.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

Ugh, Carrie, so sorry that you're disappointed with this knit. I hate it when that happens! And unlike a knit that you buy from a store, you've spent so much time bringing it to fruition that the letdown is worse. Can you give it to someone who might love it more than you? For me, that would be the best solution. That way, your time hasn't gone to waste.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Sara Kirby said...

Sorry about your jacket. I hate that. I knit up the Central Park Hoodie and blocked it and even put it on for the photo shoot but I just tucked up the hanging yarn I haven't yet bothered to sew into the garment. I feel bad but when I put it on It just feels itchy and the arms are a little tight and the button ribbed area feels too light (does that make sense?). So I don't know that I will ever wear it.

I love the knit flowers! I think they would make a very creative centerpiece and if you put a little pin on the back of each one people can take them and use them later!

12:43 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

That is such a damn shame! It looks as though you have a friend willing to take on the burden though - do you think you can part with it now that it's ripped your heart and soul out?

The flowers are very cute.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Oh no!

I am just picking mine back up again -- I think the increases are too random for prettiness too. They are kind of ugly and bumpy making. Hmmm....Maybe I will frog back...

Did you know that Jordana Paige started a group on Ravelry? Maybe you could ask her for tips? Or tell her what you think...

4:08 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

so sorry to hear about trapeze...but the flowers seem like the perfect antidote! cute, fun, small and fast!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Too bad about the trapeze - I've had some of those, though. It looks so sweet hanging there. I hope you find another project for the yarn.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

That's one of the reasons my mother tried to discourage me from learning to sew, knit, crochet, etc... But, a beautiful piece will be that much more beautiful after such an experience. Hugs.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That sweater looks sad and lonely, but you have to do what you have to do, no point wearing a sweater that makes you feel bad. I think a knitted bride's bouquet with subtle tone on tone colour would be really lovely. Then you could sew them onto a lovely knitted afghan as a keep sake that will never fall apart or dry out. Likewise the table decorations are beautiful too.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Ugh how awful! I hate that feeling. Usually I have to hide the thing for a few weeks before I am able to rip and reclaim the yarn. You can come over and use my steamer to get the kinks out, if you want. Somehow the steaming part makes me feel better, like, Hey! It's brand new yarn again! ;)
And the flowers are indeed, adorable. I am picturing them showing up in little handfuls all over your pretty apartment. :)

12:28 PM  
Blogger Wishful Knitting said...

I am sorry about your jacket! That stinks! I think we've all felt that before- we feel your pain. The flowers are bright and lovely- a nice change.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, bummer on that Trapeze--and you had a sinking feeling all along, didn't you? Frog it quick, that's my advice--just like pulling off a bandaid. Pretend it never happened. (Says the person who's also spent the last two months on a failed sweater, in several incarnations, and has yet to yank it all out...)
Yes, knitting those flowers would be insane. Quite possibly amazing, in the end, but also crazy-making. But only the bride can determine her own level of mania...

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

Bummer about your jacket. I'm also making one. I hate to say it, but I'm unsure about mine, too. I'll have to work along a little farther to know for sure.

1:51 AM  

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