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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Where there is a will...

Yesterday was a bad day in Wendy's Knitting World.

I finished knitting my blue purse and felted it.

And after the purse was completely dry, I realized that I had attached the purse's handles THE WRONG WAY!!

GROAN! SCREAM! BEAT FISTS USELESSLY IN THE AIR! (whimper, whine).

I set the project aside and knitted on my lace sweater (see yarn below). After finishing a whopping 3 inches of the 192-stitch body, I realized that I had been knitting the yarn-overs incorrectly. I was knitting them like lace eyelets, and really the yarn-overs pull the knitting to make it seem like a mock cable.

So... frogged the three inches of knitting. Just started pulling yarn out like a crazy person. So it got incredibly twisted and knotted. Even with Karen's patient (and very quiet) help in unknotting the yarn, we ended up making 6 or more cuts of it. The original skein of 100+grams is now 3 tiny wound skeins and 2 whopping, knots of yarn that (in despair and anguish), I threw in the trash!

I went to sleep feeling very sorry for my yarn self and dreamed yarn nightmares and possible solutions all night.

This morning I took several deep breaths, got out my left-handed (yes, I'm left-handed... probably explains a lot), chrome, super duper, incredibly sharp and impressive sewing shears and prepared to do some knitting surgery.

I CUT THE PURSE HANDLES OFF!! And then sewed them back on properly. Ran the handles under hot water and rubbed the stitches to created the felted look.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

And I will say that the saying is true - "Pride goeth before a fall". Because... I knit the blue (botched up) purse to take home to TN. I plan on giving it to a friend. I planned on showing it off a bit and make great statements like "Yes, I knit full-time now. Isn't it beautiful?!"

Now I'm just praying that the damn handles to the purse don't fall off before I can get my (now humble) ass back to Portland.

So, without further ado... here's some pictures:

Chloe the cat says, "What a big purse you knitted. You are going to felt that, right? Wait.. those purse handles are sewn on wrong. Stop Mom! Don't felt it yet! Stupid humans. Why don't they listen?"

Surgical sewing scissors

Finished (patched up) purse.

3 Comments:

At 3:24 PM, Blogger DtDtKty said...

Sorry that you had your own personal version of knitting hell. It seems like you managed to make the best of it though with your wonderful sense of humor. I love the color of the purse...I can't wait to see it in person.
Love,
H

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger DtDtKty said...

Sorry that you had your own personal version of knitting hell. It seems like you managed to make the best of it though with your wonderful sense of humor. I love the color of the purse...I can't wait to see it in person.
Love,
H

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger wenders said...

That does sound frustrating - but glad to see that you did get it worked out in the end...

 

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