unpicking is a heartbreaking experience

daveballarat's picture

I finally finished my first jumper... first in 20 years with no knitting done in the interim... so I'd forgotten everything. Am reasonably pleased with the end result. Will have to sort out how to do seams... I let myself down in the stitching it all together... a learning experience.
Am so glad it's finished.
Now on to next project... maybe it will have to be a sweater for my dog. I got him groomed yesterday and ... he's freezing... it is really cold here at the moment... so ...I suppose I've found my next project then.

I've been doing 6 rows of knitting each night for a month ... it puts me to sleep, no more stress ... it is great. And now I find I have a mistake ... no not even sure exactly where the mistake is but ... I'm pulling it all out ... over a months work gone ... I don't know how you guys take it so easily but I find it quite distressing ... I was doing a sleeve to my jumper ... it was going to fit and elephants trunk if I hadn't made a decision to stop ... something went wrong the the instructions...bloody thing!
Well I wasn't going away for Bayram holiday anyway ... so instead of doing a tour of all the hamams of central Turkey ... I think I will be home in Istanbul knitting by my gas heater... sob sob...hmmm...well at least I've trained myself to not look at the needles ... I can watch the serials and loads of DVDs I've been collecting over the years - I collect and never get around to watching ... well ... will be watching them now!
sob sob... I don't know how you guys think nothing of unpicking... as I have great difficulty following instructions anyway, I suppose I'd just better get use to it.

but when I'm finally finished knitting it ... at least I'll have fun displaying it :)

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daveballarat's picture

Well all the knitters at

Well all the knitters at work loved my jumper and ... a few of the non knitters were pretty impressed too. Ok., the next thing I do, I'll make sure I knit the seams the correct way. I did beautiful seams if you look at inside the jumper... oh well... will put it down to experience. I'm not going to pull out all my seams and re do them ... it would take me hours.

Well maybe one day I will... when I am bored...or something
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

RickeScott's picture

Congrats!! I think it looks

Congrats!! I think it looks great.

daveballarat's picture

Am almost there...am excited

Am almost there...am excited but anxious at the same time. I haven't knitted a jumper since 1990 ... and bot been knitting in between so I'm really rusty ... basically had to relearn it all again. I hope this comes together well ... am quite worried... what if it looks like crap and it has taken so long... well, I have a sleeve attached to the front... now to get the other sleeve attached to the other side.
My friend Rick in the summer showed me how to do a 3 needle bind off... I have used the same technique or what I imagine to be quite close to what he showed me... gee... I really hope it works out...must get back to it...
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

daveballarat's picture

Finished one sleeve only to

Finished one sleeve only to find...

Well finally finished one sleeve and had wondered why one sleeve seemed to be slightly tighter than the other. I put it down to maybe one being on circular needles and the other on str8 ... well after finishing the sleeve on the circular needles I packed it all up and put them all away in my 'knitting bag' a big plastic bag containing needles and front/back/1st sleeve... to discover that the circular needle that I purchased the other day was still in the bag and I'd been knitting with the wrong circular needle. So the difference in tension was due to one sleeve on 6mm and the other on 5mm ... nope, I am not picking it all out ... no way, I have tomorrow to finish the second sleeve and then the weekend to sew it up and fix up the neckline... so no way. I want to be finished this project.
No, not worried in the slightest how it might look with 5mm sleeve vs the 6mm sleeve... don't care a bit... I am very interested to see if I can stitch this baby up so that it looks ok. That will be the challenge ... to stitch it up so it is wearable.
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

steve kadel's picture

you can make some adjustment

you can make some adjustment by blocking

daveballarat's picture

OMG OMG OMG Knitting with 2

OMG OMG OMG
Knitting with 2 sets of instructions on different parts of the same page... watching tv, my dog periodically grabs my balls and runs away with them ... and why I decided to do a cable in the middle of a raglan sleeve I will never know... 'cos I've got lost ... too many distractions and ... my concentration not good at the best of times... :(
My deadline is to finish my jumper - chunky sweater with raglan sleeves, but I've added a few little cables in the front and a 'breastplate'- twisted stocking stitch and a big cable on the sleeves... and now I am totally lost on the sleeves. YEs I even decided to knit both sleeves at the same time .... my god ... why do I do this to myself.
So this morning after my coffee I'm going to dig myself out of this mess... I am going to work out/guess where I am on the sleeves and then write all the instructions out row by row and tick them off as I go ... cos I am sick of stuffing it all up. It's got to be finished by tomorrow... what a mess, what a mess... such is the life of a beginner knitter!
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

steve kadel's picture

your balls are detachable?

your balls are detachable? interesting

daveballarat's picture

I'm very attached to my

I'm very attached to my balls ... but am easily distracted when my dog gets his jaws around them and tries to run away with them ... he is naughty, he knows he'll get my attention every time if he does that :)
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

daveballarat's picture

Well I followed the good

Well I followed the good advice given. I unpicked the sleeves and started again. But I added hemms on them because I didn't like the curling up effect of the stocking stitch. I've got both sleeve done up until the raglan part ... which from my previous experience won't take long to complete. Then I'll be on to fixing up my neck... it would seem that I have knitted 2 right shoulders and no left shoulder ... more unraveling ... but as I am extremely happy with the look of the sleeves ... especially since I threw in a wicked looking plait on them ... am really pleased, so unpicking only improves the end result ... that's my mind set for the moment anyway...
So hopefully finished product by the end of the week at the lastest. Will start thinking about the best way to display the finished product ... hmmm ... I wonder what I can do.... I do like Kerry's jumper photo from last week...:)
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

daveballarat's picture

Thanks ... I unravelled it

Thanks ... I unravelled it completely last night ... and will start on it again tonight.

Possibly part of my problem is that I don't get much done in one hit ... usually only 6 rows... then the next another 6 ... possibly I didn't keep count accurately enough. If I knit for longer periods, I'll achieve more and feel better and ... won't get lost so often... well maybe.
Will wait and see... I still have my doubts about the instructions though... and my ability to interpret them. Oh well ... will wait and see.

I agree, I wouldn't feel so proud wearing the end product if it was full of mistakes. I'm looking for the sense of achievement.

Will wait and see.

Cheers,
Dave
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

daveballarat's picture

Well I am quickly becoming

Well I am quickly becoming an expert at unravelling my work... and starting all over again... it is a learning experience, not without its tears. But if I'm going to get this bloody thing to look right ... then I just have to knit it right...
Progress is slow but ... is happening :) ... I might become a decent knitter yet... some day in the future... got to get the basics right first I guess.
daveballarat
Buyukdere,
Istanbul, Turkey

Britisher's picture

Having to rip back is really

Having to rip back is really frustrating at first. Can only say that it's a good way to learn, and for great results you need to call a halt and sort out your mistake.

Rippig back isn't always necessary, however. Smaller problems (and with experience, bigger ones) can be corrected by dropping affected stitches down to the mistake and 'knitting' things back up with a crochet hook. It's even possible to correct wrongly crossed cables that way, but that's probably a lesson for another day.

Anyway, leaving a mistake uncorrected can ruin how you feel about your finished garment. It's possible to put up with a minor problem, but if in doubt rip it and start over. If you leave it and the problem gets progressively worse, you'll only have more hard work to unpick.

Best of luck with your sweater.