Lessons From A Roman Tunic

EQUATION: Chunky wool plus chunky cable plus chunky woman do not mix. Trust me. And you'll have to be content with the photo of what I call my Roman tunic without me in it. Just take my word for it - it didn't look good. Not even remotely.

Despite the dismal failure of said tunic - and the discovery that it looked awful was just another disappointment in a long line of disappointments starting with the wool not coming even close to the tension/gauge I wanted despite the lady in the shop assuring me it would - I have had some success with other knitting projects.

After completing these socks I then went on to complete another pair using recycled wool and smaller sized needles. I'm even more pleased with these. And just in case you're wondering, yes I have begun yet another pair. (I'm not sure which is the most fun: buying the wool; deciding on a pattern; knitting the socks; or wearing them?)

I've also knitted socks for The Most Adorable Granddaughters in the World after The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 asked me to knit a pair for her. Despite turning up her nose at the ones that I had on and which I'd knitted, she still wanted a pair and we went shopping together to buy wool. To no one's surprise she chose a pink yarn and a purple yarn (don't tell her but I've swapped the purple yarn she chose for a similar coloured merino yarn which I think will knit up far better and be warmer as well).

I finished both pink pairs yesterday and The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 eagerly tried hers on and then paraded around for everyone to admire. Even though they fit fine I think I'll use a smaller needle size next time just to get a more snug fit. However when it came to The Most Adorable Granddaughter#2's socks something had gone very very wrong. She started laughing as soon as I started to put them on her feet and you can see why:

They're far too big. Oh well, I'll do better next time. Hopefully.


SchnauzerMom said…
I hate it when I go through all the work of knitting something and then it doesn't look good. Sometimes I wear it anyway. The socks are very pretty. The girls will grow into them.
Jen said…
I'm so sorry about the tunic not turning out. It isn't fun when you work so hard at something and then not like it when it is done! Your other knitting projects look amazing though!! I love, love, LOVE the socks on your granddaughters. Oh my word, those are absolutely adorable! I have never knitted socks before. I always thought they would be really hard. I haven't done a pattern yet with knitting since I am still a beginner. You are really tempting me to try it though :).
Jules said…
SchnauzerMom, there is no way I could wear this unless it was under something and I think it's too bulky for that. It's disappointing but at least I didn't pay full price for the yarn. I had debated returning the yarn when I had difficulty with the tension/gauge but decided that it wasn't worth it when I added in the cost of fuel so I'm not upset about the waste of yarn even though it would've been nice for it to have turned out.

Jen, I remember that you had a knitting pattern you were going to try a while back. How did it turn out? The sock pattern that I linked to is a great one for beginners as it's knit on two straight needles. I've tried some other patterns since then (knit in the round on 4 needles, knit from the cuff down) but keep coming back to this one because it's so easy and so much fun and you can easily change the stitch pattern. Worth trying if you want to try socks.
Jen said…
Jules, I got completely lost with the knitting pattern for the sweater. I haven't knitted enough to understand a pattern. There is a knitting group in our area that I am thinking I want to join. It is free, and I think it would really help me. I am super intimidated with patterns because they confuse me!

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