October 27, 2005
The return (and exit) of Miss Q
The Q is back!
Although I’ve been devoting a lot of my time to a secret sewing project, I have squeezed in a few repeats of the Curlicue here and there.
But I’m feeling really down. As more and more sections are attached to one another, the puckering along the middle “star” portion is impossible to ignore. I mean, impossible to ignore. Betty (en español) noticed it, too!
While you look at the following photo, keep in mind that pictures of handknits tend to flatten and smooth the fabric, okay?
GAH! I’m not sure what to do. It’s not pretty and I would be embarrassed to give this as a gift.
The other frustrating thing is that I can see exactly what’s wrong with the pattern, what needs to be changed to make it flatter. However, this is a 100% inflexible pattern, there’s no wiggle room whatsoever, so changing it would involve completely and totally reworking the directions, from the first row to the last, and test-knitting a few big-ass blankets in the process (and no one is paying me the big bucks to stay home and do that).
I’m THIS close to switching to a different pattern while the baby is still in the mommy’s belly.
What a disappointment and waste of time.
Edited to add: Since the yarn is cotton/acrylic, and since I don't expect the mom to do anything other than throw the blankie in the washer and dryer, I have no hopes for any sort of blocking miracle. Also, there is no hope of additional sections helping matters because the puckered sections (5, for example) already have all the other sections around them attached.
Well, I'm off for a long weekend sans internet access - see you all on Monday!