October 28, 2015

17 A Broken Stanza -- Pullover in Rowan Mohair Haze






Sometimes I have all these fabulously evil plans to make a pattern better, but honestly, sometimes I just end up with evil. I have no doubt that you'll read this whole post shaking your head and saying, "what are you talking about, that top looks just fine". I'll blame the USDA Choice photography on that, but I can't deny that I'm just not happy with the process or the result. Boo hoo, it's my knitting pity party, did you bring your party hat?

This is Stanza by Sarah Hatton, from Rowan Magazine 56.




I fell for the 50's cropped frame and those little barely noticeable cables running up the raglans. Also, I wanted to try out Rowan's yarn from last year, Mohair Haze, made of 70% super kid mohair and 30% extra fine merino. Just look at this COLOR!! I couldn't resist.




Ok, I liked it -- but there was one major issue, reverse stockinette. Yes, the outside of this piece is the "wrong side" of knitting and my wrong side is usually pretty ugly and untamed. Additionally, I had a ton of trouble with split stitches using this yarn (pretty unusual for me, so be careful).




The wrong side especially shows fixes badly -- I mean, I had to go down over 60 rows to fix that lowest mistake! So I decided I would flip Stanza inside out and use the nice smooth stockinette side on the outside.




But then that was trouble for the cabled raglan. To show off cables nicely, you usually have a nice bed of reverse stockinette to display it on. Well, look at that, I had removed it. I decided, ok, I'll go subtle and do stockinette on stockinette. It's ok, not great.

And to be really knitpicky, those decreases look like Frankenstein sutures! Happy Halloween, everybody.




BUT NONE OF THAT COMPARED TO THE MISTAKE I MADE ON THE RAGLANS. Look, those cables are twisting the same way! omg! /expletive/ Yes, I thought I was clever when I did the body bottom up and the sleeves top down (to make them as long as I had yarn for)... until I didn't switch the cable to compensate. Ugh.


Seriously?

Also, by this point I was getting pretty disenchanted with this project because of the yarn. It was beautiful to look at, but the hair was flying around everywhere as I knitted. As in, don't wear lip gloss or else. To top it off, it was knit on size US 2.5/3.00 mm needles (kill me now) AND it refused to undo itself, knotting like mad with every stitch.

Nooooo, those cables were going to stay and I was going to soldier on.

I'm like a bulldog with knitting projects, I tend to finish them no matter how much they are pissing me off.




Even this bulldog started walking home though, because after intending to make full-length sleeves, after the elbow I was like, I AM SO DONE WITH THIS.




A note about the neck -- it's nice and square in the original photo. I guess I cast-off too tightly, but then I didn't really mind the roll neck, because it stays put. I bet I would be messing with a rectangular collar all the time. I tried to mirror the elbow to roll, too. My smile says smoothly, I meant it all from the beginning, oh yes. (a.k.a. never trust this smile)




The silver lining is a positive note about this yarn: one of the reasons I was so annoyed with the project was because I was convinced that the yarn flyaways were going to make wearing this top a nightmare. It ruined the inside of my knitting bag -- I had to "wax" it with tape so that I could put another project inside without it becoming Donald Trump's hairpiece.



But wouldn't you know it, after blocking, sewing and 3 days of wear -- not one hair has been flying around. There's a beautiful glow on the shoulders from the fuzz, and the fabric really looks quite delicate and lovely. Even more? It's not itchy at all, I can't believe it. So there you go, it's like a cherry on top of an invisible sundae. Yummy and magical.

And now let's end this pity party early, the whine and cheese is done, onto a much more rockin' after party next week!


See my Stanza, Convoluted on Ravelry






17 comments:

  1. You are so hard on yourself! OK, the cables do look a little odd. But only a knitter would doubt that it was planned just the way you executed it. I definitely applaud the decision to have the public side be stockinette. And you certainly look great in it!

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    1. Thanks, Noreen. I know I am being exigent -- the good news is that I'm wearing it, I'm wearing it!

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  2. Despite the trouble, it looks great on you! Love the color. Love mohair too, but especially when someone else is knitting with it... :-/

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    1. Thanks! I love knitting with mohair usually -- but this stuff feels more like angora. Well, that makes sense, it was designed to replace the "Angora Haze" Rowan first marketed. I think they shortened the fibers on purpose to make it more bunny like.

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  3. LOL. I guess being so picky makes you such a fabulous knitter (and writer btw). Kudos. It's stunning. And, as others have said, only knitters will notice the cable direction. It

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    1. LOL, it's true! It's like when you drop a stitch and everyone says, "just fix it later" and somehow each stitch is ruined for you until you go back and fix that sucker. ONLY THE KNITTER KNOWS.

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  4. Sweater looks gorj ! I echo the other replies re the cables - s'meant to be like that you tell folk. Inside out definately works for me too - I think this is something your scientist's mind needs to research - how can the knit side be so even & the purl side be pants? I have the exact same problem. Sorry for anon post I don't blog & it's the only way I can comment!

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    1. Thanks my dear anonymous! If you like, you can add your Rav ID so I know who you are (if you ever come back to this message, lol). But I agree -- why is our purl so off? Me? I clearly purl at a different tension than knit, because I can often see a space between every two rows. :( But you can't see that in the front at all! I think it's the relief in the fabric that signals to our brain. We are more likely to notice shadows and peaks, and thus use the contrast to interpret inconsistencies. On the front, we can't tell differences very well, because there is no definition to work with!

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  5. Forget all those mistakes! It looks very romantic. I like it more than original one. :)

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  6. Quote: 'It was beautiful to look at, but the hair was flying around everywhere as I knitted. As in, don't wear lip gloss or else.'
    This immediately gave me a mental image of you with lots of little hairy bits stuck to the lip gloss on your upper lip like a (mohair) mustache, which of course made me chuckle :D
    I think your sweater looks great, but I'll grab my hat anyways because I'm certainly not immune to hating something I've made, even when everyone else thinks it looks perfect.

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    1. Ding ding ding, that's what it was, a Mohair Mustache! Love it. :D Thanks for commiserating, too.

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  7. You make me want to try the yarn, but not the pattern. I did like Stanza the moment I saw it, but then....too short for me. You did a good job regardless of all the frustrations, so glad it is comfortable and lovely to wear. Mohair is so lovely but such a a pain to knit, and impossible to frog. Kudos for sticking to the end.

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    1. Thanks! Another reason not to do it, the armhole size is way too big, and the way it is designed makes the sleeves twist. You'll see it in every photo. Upper armholes are a problem I am seeing in Rowan pattern after Rowan pattern. Sigh!

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  8. Mrs Anon here again, managed to comment under my Rav ID this time.
    That's the answer, elementary my dear Watson - the teeniest uneveness shows up dreadfully because of shadow. Why didn't I realise DOH!

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  9. I love that color so much! I've knitted one sweater in Nest, and going to knit another sweater in it too. You look beautiful in your cabled Stanza.

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