View Full Version : what do you do when your hating a new project?

12-25-2006, 02:19 PM
Well! I bought this yarn on Martha's Vineyard thispast summer and it's completely natural sheepy wool, that beige color and not real soft. At the time I thought it would make a great sweater so I finally started a cardigan with it. I'm about 5 inches in, bottom done and so forth and

I'M HATING IT! It's not soft. The stitches seem too big for the yarn although I'm using size 9 needles. I mean it's not tight enough. And will it soften up if I wash it or what! I think I'm about to rip it. I mean, should I continue a whole sweater if I think I won't like to wear it. duh

12-25-2006, 02:21 PM
If you don't like it, don't make it. I've had that happen--I was unimpressed with the yarn for the pattern, so I tried something else. :shrug:

12-25-2006, 02:59 PM
I agree - if you don't like it don't do it! I have things I've knit and hated the yarn/pattern/process and I've never used that item again - it is such a waste! It is really hard to give up on something but knitting is supposed to be enjoyable! Good luck!

12-25-2006, 03:01 PM
Did you try washing your swatch to see whether it would soften up? Believe it or not, hair conditioner is supposed to help, so you might want to give it a try if your regular wool wash doesn't soften it enough.

Of course, there's always ebay. ;) Maybe someone else likes that type of wool.

12-25-2006, 03:18 PM
If I don't like it, I frog it. Life is too short to spend time knitting things that are no fun! :D

12-25-2006, 04:16 PM
I frog it, too! It's very liberating! :happydance:

12-25-2006, 06:06 PM
Frog and start over... just did that for a project of mine...

12-25-2006, 09:39 PM
I would take it apart and never look at it again until I could think of something better for that yarn.

12-26-2006, 10:49 AM
:muah: THANKS. I guess I needed that alright. I'm thinking it might make an ok vest but not a sweater. Oh and I've never done that yet, wash a swatch. I always rip the swatch back out. That's a good idea with this stuff esp. Hair conditioner huh. How interesting.

Thanks again ya'll.....

nadja la claire
12-26-2006, 11:21 AM
If I don't like it, I frog it. Life is too short to spend time knitting things that are no fun! :D

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe you can make something felted with it. Make a swatch and try felting it.

Nadja xxx

12-26-2006, 11:31 AM
Put the yarn in a pot on the stove and dye it with Kool-Aid! THAT would make the project more fun. :)

12-27-2006, 04:04 PM
Put the yarn in a pot on the stove and dye it with Kool-Aid! THAT would make the project more fun. :)

Oh my god! What a great idea! I have never ever dyed any yarn yet and have been wanting to... for some reason I thought this yarn was meant to be "natural" but now that you mention it, it's kind of boring. HA THANKS SHANDEH! (I'll let you know if I go through with it, I'm a little intimidated about dying, but I'll read about it more first)

12-27-2006, 04:44 PM
You'll LOVE it!

Here are some guides on dyeing with Kool Aid:

You can also dye with food coloring:

Or with PAAS Easter Egg Dye:

Have fun!

12-27-2006, 05:20 PM
Sandy! You're so sweet to list those for me! I'm flat on my back in bed with a sprained back, I really appreciate it! I have some Kool Aid from last summer I bought but was afraid to go ahead and do it, I'll check those sites out right now. :hug:

12-27-2006, 06:57 PM
You're very welcome!

I'm SO sorry about your back! I'll say a prayer for you, my friend.
:heart: :hug: :heart:

12-27-2006, 07:07 PM

12-28-2006, 05:47 AM

Sometimes, the 'issue' is not the pattern. It is may be the yarn choice for that pattern. Or vice versa.

So, "un-marry" them immediatley!

Use the pattern with a different yarn if your heart :heart: is set on that pattern. Then...
use the original yarn for another project later on.

BETTER YET: donate the yarn to folks that knit blankets, hats and gloves for the homeless. Or, do the knitting yourself and donate the items to your local women's shelter. There is a women's shelter in almost every city in America! A handknit item is a welcomed "warm & fuzzy"!