Sunday, June 17, 2007

Wide load

Thank you for all the kind words about my Baltic Sea Stole! Unfortunately, I decided it had to be frogged. Let me explain.

Do you see the extremely long thing on the floor? That's the lace taken off the needles. It was 37" wide unblocked. I'm looking for a finished width of 30" or so, maybe a little more, but that's after blocking.


I've decided to make another attempt, this time on US3 needles with 141 stitches instead of the 171 of the previous attempt. Once blocked, it would have been... wide. Very wide. And to make things worse, I probably would have run out of yarn. Not a good thing!

So, for the fourth time or so, the Baltic Lace Stole is a ball of yarn. But I'm casting on again tomorrow because if I don't, this is never going to happen. And I wouldn't want that, because it's such a pretty pattern.

16 comments:

Teresa said...

I feel your pain. I've casted on three times for the Flower Basket Shawl. First time it was too small, then it was too bulky, then it was too big, hopefully next time it will be just right. :D

Janelle said...

Oh, it's so much better to frog and fix the size now than to do ALL of that knitting and run out! That would be so much worse. I'm sure this time will be just right!

Bonnie said...

I think you did the right thing. And it's good you checked the width now rather than later!

It's all part of the creative process. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Zonda said...

Ouch! Bummer, but you know, you would have hated to have it too big or run out of yarn! Hang in there! It'll be beautiful!

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

I'm so proud of you for wanting to cast on again tomorrow! Such a bummer, but I agree, you don't want it THAT wide.

Of course, seriously making me rethink trying lace :) I'll go with your suggestion...Branching Out.

Jess said...

This is what happens to me when I knit socks. I literally have to frog and start over at least 3 times. every time. Now, that has to be that much more painful with lace. I feel your pain. Trek on, it will be worth it.
and a sidenote--Thanks for all of the great tips you leave for me on my blog! :)

Knittypants said...

Sometimes ripping has to happen. I can't wait to see your shawl, the pattern is beautiful.

chauntel said...

Have you heard of the Mystery Stole 3 knitalong? It sounds like you might really enjoy trying it. I did the second one last year & thoroughly enjoyed it. The first clue comes out on June 29 and signups are still open on the yahoo group site. Just search mysterystole3.
If not, I am sure the 4th time is the charm!

cpurl17 said...

ugh ripping can be so frustrating but you made the right call! Good luck this time around!!

Annie said...

You sound like me, now! I am such a frogger- but it's worth it, to get it right!

sgeddes said...

Ah, you made a good decision! that would have been really wide after blocking. Hopefully this time will work out!

Bobbi said...

uh, well as much as it sucks, better to frog now than later. you'll have something you're happy with!

cathy said...

5th time's a charm?

Rain said...

Oh no! But it will be worth it in the end when you get the FO you want. It's going to be gorgeous in that yarn.

schrodinger said...

Oh no, that truly sucks, I wish you better luck for the next time - at least the rows will be shorter eh? :)

Dipsy said...

Oyoyoy - sorry to hear that, and I certainly feel your pain too! I do think that it was the right thing you did, and this new attempt now will be the perfect one, I'm sure about that!