Thursday, 10 January 2013
A Trip to the Frog Pond
This photos is of how far I got with the Beloved Baby Bonnet, a pattern I've really wanted to knit for months. Isn't it funny how sometimes something you're really excited about just doesn't work out? It's like coveting an expensive dress in a store window, and you walk by and fantisize about how great you'd look in it, how happy and confident you'd feel. Only weeks later, when you finally decide to go try it on, it looks terrble on you and the spell is broken. That's pretty much what happened here. I loved the bonnet so much, I thought it could do no wrong, so I ignored that it is knitted with laceweight yarn on 2mm (US 0) needles. Or that there are large chunks of moss stitch, which is a slow stitch to knit. Or that because my wee one is 8 months and I'd like it to fit the rest of the winter, I was knitting the largest size. Did I mention the laceweight, on 2mm needles? My tapestry needle is bigger than that.
I frogged it. I wasn't even that crazy about the yarn I chose (Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, in raspberry). The fuzziness wasn't doing anyone any favours.
If I knit this again (and I'm feeling a little crazy when it comes to this bonnet, I just might) I would go up to 3mm needles and fingering weight yarn. I'm not sure I'd keep the moss stitch, it's a slow stitch to knit and my knitting time is at a premium, so I might do reverse stockinette, which would still have lots of texture (but I'm open to suggestions!). I need a bit of a break from it, but I'm hoping to tackle it again.