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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday v.90

Welcome to the latest installment of Work in Progress Wednesday, where this week's theme is Knit it Again, Sam.  Seriously, I thought I'd be done with Narragansett by now, but alas.  I finished sleeve 1 according to the measurements on the pattern, tried it on, then promptly sat down and ripped out the ribbing on the sleeve so that I could extend the pattern 2 more inches. For a quick refresher, here's how it looked last week:


Sigh.  I'm not sure what happened exactly, but somehow my 3/4 length sleeve stopped just past my elbow.  Not a good look.  And it's not like I have monkey arms or anything...  Ah well, better to have it right than done and wrong, yes?  Here's how it looks now (with diminishing sunlight):


 It's all fixed up, and I've just picked up the stitches for sleeve #2.  Again.  Stay tuned for happier results next week.

Discouraged by ripping out a huge sleeve chunk, I turned to the simple little washcloth that I started on our camping expedition last week.  Nothing like some good, mindless TV knitting to boost the spirits, right?  Umm.

Here's how it looked last week:


Somewhere around row 49 (of 60), I realized my stitches weren't quite lining up.  I tinked a row.  Still wrong.  Repeat.  Still.  In all, I tinked 5 rows, then pulled out the needle and frogged 7 more.  I realized somewhere along the way that I was working the wrong side rows on the right side.  How is this possible?  (*hint:  it's not).  I had ripped out the whole blinking thing by the time I read the instructions again and remembered that this chart started on the bottom left with a wrong side row, instead of in the usual way.  More sigh.

Here's how it looked Friday afternoon:

(*Note: This is merely a re-enactment.  I didn't have enough wits about me at the time to capture the carnage with the camera)

And so.  I cast on again and knitted like a fiend until I finished, just to make a point.  To who?  Not sure, but I'm certain I taught that pattern a thing or two.  Regardless, it's done and cute.  And you'll get to see it on Friday.

To say I've been distracted of late seems like a bit of an understatement.  Hopefully things around here will smooth out soon, or else I'll have to give up knitting in favor of napping in the fetal position.

If you're in the mood for some actual forward motion, I suggest heading over to WIPW for some more coherent crafty goodness.

See you Friday, hopefully not from the fetal position!

13 comments:

  1. It seems like Narragansett takes longer than most people think it should to knit, I've heard that from some other people as well. But hang in there, by the time you are done, it is going to look amazing!

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  2. I think it's the week of the frog. I ripped out a sock because it was too tight...and now I'm considering whether or not I'm going to have to rip out another one and do a larger size :(

    I hate frogging.

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  3. Better to do it right of course. It's going to be so worth it. Which colour is more accurate, the first or second pic? Whichever, it's going to be gorgeous!

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  4. Oh dear! I have my fingers crossed that your knitting goes better soon!

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  5. Oh, it's always heartbreaking when a full-rip-out happens.

    Personally, I think a little fetal-style napping helps to solve a lot of problems. ;-)

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  6. Ugh. Isn't it just the pits when you have to RIP!?! But, at least it will fit the way you intended it to, and you'll be happy with it, even if it takes just a bit longer. :-D

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  7. Yikes, sorry about all that frogging! It will be worth it to have correct sleeves, though, and the Naragansett is going to be gorgeous.

    And I know just what you mean about having to like...show a frogged project that you can complete it, damn it! So I'm glad you've Shown the dishcloth, and I can't wait to see it on Friday.

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  8. Hey, I had a dishcloth disaster this weekend, too! (http://lottloft.blogspot.com/2012/04/geekend-that-was-422-or-purl-goeth.html) At least it was that rather than the sweater!!!!! =O

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  9. Oh no! Sounds like an eventful knitting week. At least Narragansett is going to look the way you want it to now though :)

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  10. That sweater seems hard work but it looks gorgeous! And your dishcloth story had me giggling away (even though, of course it is not funny at all *sniggers*)

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  11. Awe sorry for your mishap! The sweater is going to be great though. :)

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  12. Oh that is a bummer, huh? Wellll at least you are getting fixed up now.

    I followed you from WIP Wednesdays and here is my WIP: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/crafting-along-with-needle-and-thread.html

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  13. Your Narragansett is looking great now! At least you figured out the problem before you finished it. And we've all had days where we ripped out something we didn't need to, at least you showed it who's boss

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