Things Don’t Always Go As PlannedPosted: October 29, 2005
About two weeks ago, I blocked the cable bands for my Kepler Sweater. When I removed them from my blocking board, I noticed that some of the color had run onto the board. I thought to myself, the color didn’t run when I blocked my swatch, so why did it run now? Other than being disappointed because this was the first time I stained my board, I didn’t think too much more about it.
I moved on to knitting the front, back, and sleeves. I just finished knitting the sweater this morning and even did a three-needle bind-off for the shoulder seams. I was quite excited. I decided to give the sweater parts a Eucalan bath in my washer before blocking. That way, if any more color ran (and I wasn’t expecting that much to run), it could run in the washer and not ruin my board. So I dumped the parts in cold water and left them alone for 15 minutes.
What did I find when I returned? The water in the washer was purple. Not light lavender, but purple. I was horrified and didn’t quite know what to do. I ended up bringing the parts up to the bathtub to rinse them some more. And believe me, I rinsed for a good long time. The water never ran completely clear, either. I just settled for a hint of purple. Has anyone else had this problem with dark shades of Jaeger Shetland Aran?
I thought about my gauge swatch again and suddenly it hit me why the color on my swatch didn’t run. Because I didn’t knit a swatch in this color. I also have the Jaeger Shetland Aran in hot pink, which is what I used for my swatch. Duh! Maybe I don’t have a brain? *sigh* This is an excellent reason why one should always knit and block a swatch in the actual color that one plans to use.
So after I finally finished rinsing and drying the parts, I pinned them down. The Kepler pattern has a lovely schematic and I tried to follow the measurements. I did the best I could but somehow it just doesn’t look right to me. I can’t get the parts to look symmetrical. Plus I think I might have stretched the front and back out too much when I was rinsing them. I have an awful feeling that the sleeves won’t fit properly into the armholes and that the entire project will go down the tubes. I don’t have a lot of experience with knitting garments — the only other ones I’ve knit are the Klaralund Sweater (which doesn’t have shaping and is composed entirely of rectangular parts) and the Tivoli Tee (which wasn’t hard to block at all).
Right now I feel very discouraged and don’t want to go anywhere near this sweater. I had planned to read up on seaming while my sweater was on the board, but I’m not excited about it anymore. I’m wondering if I should even knit the Freida Sweater or the Salina Sweater as I had planned? Maybe I should go knit myself an easy scarf instead.
Thanks for listening.