The second last day of the year and I've finished the mud-coloured cardigan. I should be rejoicing but things turned out worse than I could have imagined: worse even than the colour! I actually began to appreciate the colour after a while. It might not be as yellow as advertised (a false yellow as a result of flash photography) but the tweedy effect, all the different shades speckling together, are quite attractive. I even began enjoying knitting with the wool - it felt less like string and the texture was quite interesting and easy to manage. Hope began to stir: perhaps the cardi wouldn't so bad after all. I even enjoyed knitting the hood. I've never tried anything like that before and it proved to be fantastically easy. Luck was on my side with the button band too and it fit perfectly.
So why isn't this a success?
Because it's about five feet wide. I already had an idea that it was rather large but thought it must just be the pattern. I decided that the girl in the pattern picture was wearing a smaller size or had had it pinned behind her so that it seemed to fit perfectly.....but even if this was pinned it wouldn't fit me. The size is RIDICULOUS. It's ENORMOUS. My daughter laughed for about ten minutes and I was too disappointed to even cry.
What has gone wrong? I followed the pattern exactly. I used the wool and the needles as requested. My tension was perfect and I didn't use more wool than required. I knitted this very carefully. NOTHING should have gone wrong. I can only imagine that the jersey knitted in the magazine was NOT the same as in the pattern. They must have used much thinner needles. I felt all along that the needles were too big, hence the laddering effect in the rib, yet the needle size is given as 6.5mm. Have the manufacturers got it wrong? Is that why it was discontinued because, frankly, the wool is just a disaster? Have I been duped by a rubbish wool company?
It looks so stupid that I haven't taken a photograph. When I've recovered and my sense of humour returns, I might post a picture or two, but until then, I've got yet another unwearable monstrosity cluttering my wardrobe.
Perhaps I should make a New Year's resolution as it's nearly the new year, but what? Stop knitting? I'll tell you one thing, though: I'm NEVER knitting anything out of a magazine again. I don't trust them. Knitting is a luxury for me and to have wasted so much money (and SO much time...) is just galling.