Saturday, January 8, 2011

First FO of 2011

I started with this tiny sweater ornament from the Knit Picks catalog as inspiration and somehow ended up with this:

Daughter's sweater, here posing rather awkwardly, is DONE. I give myself a grade of D+ due to major screw ups at every step of the frustrating design process. Everything was frogged and redone at least twice. I HATE the way I steeked and picked up the sleeves and don't even get me started on the way the front design panel is not completely centered. You couldn't pay me to design another knitted anything for anybody. I am not Mozart but I am Yo-Yo Ma, ready to take somebody else's pattern and create a work of art. I'll do the knitting-you do the thinking. Thank you very much.


  1. It turned out beautifully but I absolutely agree about letting someone else do the thinking!!!

  2. You're too close to it. Give it to her, let her take it home. In a little while you won't see what you think of as mistakes, just the finished whole. She'll love it because you made it especially for her and that's most important. It's lovely. I call myself a mechanic. I can't design it, but I can fix it or copy it!

  3. I think you did a wonderful job! It wasn't until I attempted design work myself that I understood how difficult it is. And that frogging and re-working is part of the design process. There's no way to get around it!

    So while it may not be exactly what you envisioned, you did create something amazing and wonderful and very, very challenging.