What with the PNB Sweater off the WIP list, I have been reappraising my World of Knitting and wondering what to tackle next. To this end, on Sunday I took a long, hard look at my UFOs. They had been giving me long, hard looks for months as I blithely romanced other projects. I hate being made to feel guilty. Something needed to be done.
The projects in question were the Grandiflora Shawl in RYC Soft Lux, and the Tammy blue/brown stripy sweater in Rowan Cotton Tape.
- Grandiflora: When I last blogged about this, I was convinced the tension on the bottom part was too tight. I took another look at it on Sunday and it had not improved, in fact it was worse than I remembered. There was no way tension this bad was going to block out.
- Tammy: When I dropped this project, I had issues with it, like the carrying yarn being too loose on the far edges. When I revisited it on Sunday, I could see that and a dozen other things wrong with it. Dodgy tension (again), holey increases. It was bad.
I actually love both these designs. Grandiflora is grand and I love Tammy so much I want it to be perfect so I can wear it all the time. My attempts were nowhere near justifying the lovely designs. Suddenly I hit on the perfect solution to the problem of UFOs: the Frog Pond.
I frogged them both there and then, and it was a joy. I ripped back, wound yarn, reclaimed pattern books, needles and stitch markers. It was like recycling: I felt cleansed and strangely uplifted when I was done.
Onwards and upwards.