Even though I say I don’t mind starting a project over, I really do. I feel like somehow I’ve gotten ‘behind’. One thing that helps me is to start a new piece, whatever I need to redo, from any yarn that I have left, before I rip anything apart. That way I’ll have some progress made before I start pulling out my previous work. Just a little mind game I play with myself.
So I’ve started the Glenfiddich tunic again, beginning with the back and working the piece flat. For the whole project, I have 6 skeins of hand-dyed Glenfiddich wool. Previously, I knit the front and back together, from the bottom up, in the round. I stopped knitting in the round at the bottom of the armholes, and knit the front and back separately, knitting and purling back and forth. I got as far as sewing the shoulder seams when I realized that the knitting was uneven, almost looking like there were holes or gaps in the stitches. This was really apparent in the section I had knit in the round. This is also the area where I had knit with the first two skeins of yarn, switching from one to the other every round. I used up two skeins completely, and switched to the next two. When I decided to start over, I used what was left of the second two skeins to start the back, and used that up before I ripped anything out. Now that I am knitting with some of the yarn that I pulled out from the previous piece, I am getting that rough looking knitting again. I am not sure what’s happening. Is it the yarn? I’m not 100% sure but I think I should still be using yarn from the second two skeins, which I thought worked well before. But maybe this is yarn from the first two skeins. Is it those two skeins of yarn? Is it something I am doing? I am just not sure.
The nice thing about have two projects going on is that when one is frustrating you can switch to the other one. Bring on the temperature blanket.