Things aren't gelling well right now.
The knitted doll project is just one problem after the other. I think I got the pattern mostly right despite instructions seemingly designed to confuse, but the sewing up is a disaster. The pattern implores me to use three needle cast off or crochet slip stitch instead of conventional sewing up and I liked the idea of a lovely uniform seam. The pattern is also adamant that Ineed to sew up with wrong sides facing.
But I just don't get it. I don't have live stitches so three needle cast off requires me to pick up a gazillion stitches, perfectly evenly around small irregularly shaped knitted pieces. So I tried crochet, but I get a seriously raised ridge across the seam, and I can't seem to get the tension right so the seams pucker. I've had to redo them quite a few times and clearly the whole thing is headed for the disaster zone. Maybe I should just go the regular kind of sewing up?
So I switched projects. Not a habit I promote, since the abandoned project usually ends up permanently binned, but since I switched to a sewing project rather than another knit I figured that would be OK. So I'm making a doll and it is not being kind either. Suddenly all the little finishing details seem to be getting me down and going wrong.
And both these projects are ones I have been looking forward to and trying hard to make time for and feeling confident about. So having them both go pear shaped really sucks.
So after a couple of nights looking forlornly around for something to occupy my hands that will not compound my feelings of failure and frustration I decided it was sock time. Only I still can't seem to find a good pattern and I saw one on someone's blog really recently that was perfect and now I can't remember where I saw it...so the Colinette Jitterbug has gone back in the bag. Sigh.
Thinking through this mozz thing I went back to what I think is the best method for shaking the mozz. Do something quick and easy.
So out came the 127 Print. I originally bought this to make Wil's hoodie, but then Simmy sent me some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and that was a done deal so I was left with this mini stash awaiting an aran weight project.
We have so loved the baby yoda I knitted from this pattern in the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino that I decided I would try and make it in a bigger size. Wil is so nearly too big for the first one and the pattern is so lovely and simple I am confident (hear that? CONFIDENT!) I can successfully take it up a size.
It is the best baby knit I did for Wil - practical, good looking and a quick knit. The only modification I'd make to the original pattern is to make it a little bit longer. So I'm aiming to do a 6-12 month size. Check back here soon and you can either see another disaster on the pile or help me celebrate.
I do like the way this yarn knits up.
On a more edible note, D was given some of this as a thank you for doing some teaching and can I tell you? It's exceptionally good gear and helping me through my project devastation. Get yourself some if you can.