Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Boston Knit-a-Thon a Bust

Ok, I'm back. First off, Boston was awesome! I had a great time, but now I'm bummed to be back to the same old, same old. Here is some stash enhancement I procured while killing time in AC Moore in Danvers, MA. This was my first ever AC Moore experience, and it definately won't be my last.

"Mill Ends" 1lb bags of 100% cotton yarn. $5 ea. I got two bags and now I'm up to my ears in the cotton yarn. There are no labels but if I were to guess the multi-colored one is Bernat Handicrafter and the wine colored is Sugar n'Cream. Not that it really matters. Hooray for cheap yarn! If all AC Moore's are like the one in MA I think they definately top Joann's. They have a wider selection of yarns I actually want to knit with. And I thought their prices were slightly better than Joann's as well.

Now, lemme tell you how my Boston Knit-a-Thon turned out:

It didn't. I have absolutely nothing to show for my several hours of knitting the Licorice Whip pattern, and here is why: I got about four rows in during the drive to and then I realized I had to make even more pattern adjustments. Then, I had to knit back a couple of times, plus I didn't realize how much a pain 100% cotton yarn could be. Progress was slow. So by the time we arrived in Salem, MA I had about 1.5 inches of sweater. It was at this point I realized that I was NOT finishing this sweater during the trip. But I continued knitting in the hotel before bed and on the drive (though not as diligently). I even worked on it after we got home. At about 10pm last night, I flipped the page of my pattern and realized that there was a whole other inc row in the increase set. I counted my stitches and I realized I was not increasing enough along the raglan lines, (stupid computer print out >.<) So, I had to frog. The whole. F-ing. Thing.

So I now I have nothing to show for effforts which is extremely upsetting (not to mention a tad-bit embarassing).

So now, I think I'm going to return to the Trial and Error tank and make my adjustments to that. Man, it seems like forever since I've finished anything. I'm even thinking of ditching the Licorice Whip completely and knitting something else with the yarn. It's a lovely pattern, but I'm a little po'd with myself and I need to take it out on something. Sorry, sweater.

I'll post some Boston pics on my Flickr account soon!


Karin said...

That's too bad it didn't work out. I hate hard-to-comprehend patterns. I dunno if that wine color is Sugar and cream...I've never seen that shade before by that brand. But still--really cool you got it for such a great deal!! I wish we had AC Moore!

Anonymous said...

Drats! I hate when that froggin' thing happens. I really do like the Licorice Whip pattern though.