Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Take Two

WIP - Buckwheats Top
I've recently discovered what else you can make with 3 skeins of SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock...you can knit up two sleeveless versions of the Buckwheat Pullover by Veera Välimäki...in 2 different sizes, that is.  Oh wait.  Why did I knit up 2 pullovers?  Trust me when I say it wasn't intentional.  

When I first started this project I had done a proper gauge swatch.  As in I had knit the swatch in the round (since this is knit in the round), made the swatch 4+ inches on both the height and width, and had measured it before and after washing it.  I had used 2 different needle sizes as I knew that I'm somewhat of a tighter knitter, so I had made the swatch using the recommended needle size and then one in a size smaller.  The size smaller met gauge perfectly.  So what's the problem?

Well...

After a lot of knitter's denial and basically knitting the pullover to the point where all it needed was sleeves, I realized that the pullover was in fact way too big.  Three and a half inches too big.

WIP - Buckwheat Comparison

I had measured my gauge all and know that I was still spot on.  I checked and double checked the pattern and saw that the finished measurement was suppose to be 36" at the bust.  I checked Ravelry to see if anyone else had size problems.  No one mentioned any, other than one lady who was extremely petite and found everything she knit was too big anyways.  I kept counting my stitches.  Maybe my counts were completely off?

Nope.  All seemed kosher.  So why was my pullover measuring almost 40" at the bust??  Why was I swimming in this thing?  The previous 3 Veera Välimäki cardigans and pullover that I had knit were the same size.  Is it because Buckwheat was one of Veera's earlier patterns?  Or is it because I did a proper gauge swatch rather than go by my knitterly instincts?  After all, the last time I did a proper gauge swatch my project came out the wrong size too.

Hmmm...

So I feverishly re-started this project using the unused skeins of yarn and opted to keep the first pullover intact.  For now.  If truth be told, I didn't have the heart to frog it.  The plan was to knit the yarn from the first pullover as I needed the yarn.  That way I won't see all that original hard work go to waste.  Yes, the mind games that we play with ourselves.

The second pullover knit up in no time.  I think it knit up faster than the first.  It's amazing how fast you can knit something when you already have notes as to how many rounds you need to knit for it to reach a certain length.  And yes, this second version fits.  I haven't had to start unravelling the first pullover yet and I'm already knitting the first sleeve.  Did I mention that it took me 2 tries to get that sleeve going?  Aiya...am I losing my knitting mojo again??  Do I need a break from knitting?  It still irks me that it took me a little more than a month to knit up 2 sleeveless versions of this pattern, which means I could've had a finished one completed already and maybe something else almost done.  But I must not think like that.  I enjoy knitting and the process of it.  My friend Andi thinks I'm a "process knitter" and I always thought I was more of a "product knitter".  I guess I'm both?  It wouldn't surprise me, since that dual nature is part of my Gemini self.

Ok, before I digress about process vs. product knitting, I need to get back to the sleeve of this bad boy.  I'm determined to get this off the needles...before I cut it up and mail it, piece by piece, to the designer.  And that's just creepy. 

6 comments:

  1. I love how your buckwheat is looking. The color is heavenly. I'm glad that it all worked out in the end.

    You have the patience of a saint because I would have shoved the sweater in a project bag and left it in my stash room to marinate for a while. I'm a little bit of a hot head though ;-)

    Can wait to see some FO shots :-)

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    1. Hahaha...I don't know if I'd call it "patience" or just pure craziness! It's kinda funny that normally I can be quite the hot head, but when it comes to knitting I definitely have the patience. Now if I can only transfer that patience to everything else in life! ;)

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  2. LOVE that color!! You can just put some sleeves on the bigger one and ship it on over to this girl :) haha

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    1. Hahaha...I honestly thought about just finishing the bigger pullover just to get the project over and done with! But in my madness the second one was started before I could think about it properly! :/

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  3. hmm 40" bust would work for me just fine! LOL. i feel your pain however. i just finished a lace sweater and the darn thing is 1 lace repeat longer than i planned. oh well.

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    1. Oh dear! How knitting can test your limits! ;)

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