Especially old projects in which you’ve used a different yarn at a different gauge than the pattern, and have rewritten the pattern instructions leaving only chicken scratches with your modifications. Remember Elfin? I thought it would be really nice to finish this soon before starting anything new, since I only had one sleeve and then some seaming and ruffling left to go. So I spent a good part of the weekend, starting with knitting with a friend on Thurs. night, working on said sleeve.

Last night I compared sleeves and the new one was way short. But, I read the modifications, and counting all my decreases and increases carefully, how could this be? Wait, it feels kinda tight. Oops, guess I used needles at least 2 sizes smaller than I should have. Oh well. Rip rip. I’m now knitting the sleeve back up again. Lesson learned, TAKE NOTES. Or don’t wait a year to finish a sweater.

I’m not even done with that first sock yet. I thought it might be a good idea to knit up till the yarn was gone. So now I’m looking at knee socks, and I have a ways to go on the first one. I fear second socks syndrome if I don’t end this one soon.

2 Responses to “Beware picking up old projects”

Yeah. I’m facing that too, that whole, “I should really finish this” push. But it’s not just the indecipherable notes, it’s also that we’re simply different knitters than we were a year ago. A whole year of projects and stitches has left an impression, however minor.

My problem is that usually, my gauge changes. Even if I use the right size needles. Gah. Better to finish, but there are too many tempting things out there and I can never seem to focus…

Something to say?