Friday, April 07, 2006

And it grew ...and grew ... and grew ...

Look at those sleeves ... Okay the whole body is huge but the sleeves are made for a orangutan. They are LONG!! They grew in the wash and blocking didn't make them go back into shape. And they're equally long at the same length. I hear that this happens to everyone at least once... Goodness, I guess it had to happen to me sooner or later. ** I was getting too cocky in my haughty knitting ways. Had to be put in my place right?**

I did wear my creation the whole day at work yesterday ... as frumpy as it looked on me, I wore it anyway ... guess you could say it was my retribution, but I did roll up the sleeves one more time. I then got advise from my expert knitter friend, Tony. He said to go ahead and throw it in the wash & dryer. "Shrinking it would help in this case," he said.
LOL, do you think?

I know what you're thinking ...
Was it the yarn?
This was my 2nd sweater using this yarn. Which I won't name because I don't think it was the yarn's fault since it didn't happen on my first sweater. Was it the gauge? I swatched, washed & blocked it. Measured it twice & got the correct gauge twice. Or was it the directions? Well both sleeves were knit following the same directions because after the 1st one was done the instructions said to go back & make the 2nd sleeve using the same pattern. So I did follow it TWICE and like I said, the sleeves are equally long at the same length ...
you be the judge
... I am marking this info in the book margins so I might make adjustments if I knit this one again. [or I might find where I made my mistake a 2nd time around] It'll save someone else from making the same mistake as well. In other words, I'm not trusting the directions were entirely correct ... but then maybe I just knit one size too big for me, huh? Ya sure.

4 comments:

FemiKnitMafia said...

I must admit, I agree with Tony. You're not a heavy woman and the sweater (as seen in person) is not terribly flattering. Comfortable and beautiful and well done, but not terribly flattering. However, your fair isle vest looks excellent on (as a point of comparison), so I would suggest aiming for a similar measurement. Shrink it. :-)
[don't be mad at me, k?]

Rhonda said...

I couldn't get mad at you, Mafia. I was aiming for the "truth" right? LOL

Shelley said...

You could always donate it to some poor orangutan...lol...however, it looks too pretty for that...shrink it instead.

Cynthia said...

I'd shrink it too - you have nothing to lose and it's not as if you haven't done everything possible to avert the problem (I mean you not only swatched, you washed and blocked!)..I think that makes it totally suck; you sure weren't taking short cuts. Shrink it girl!