Thursday, December 18, 2014

Knits!

Shawl, a three-month project, 2000x1000mm 

When I was on my sabbatical two years back, I began knitting intensely - I am a learning-by-doing for knitting and crochet. The numerous unpicking and re-knitting taught me many things not only about knitting/crochet but about myself. I am still the experiment-crazed type and I do learn from my mistakes.

While this is a very colorful garment, it's stockinette stitch (aha! simple enough!!) and I had used at least 15 different yarns for this project. Inspired by Kaffe Fassett, I thought the shawl was simple to knit and purl. Yeah, so I thought...Because of the many different yarns used, I had tons of tails to weave in. Let me tell you what, I truly hated the tail-weaving. It was tedious. It was trying. It was irritating. It was not fun at all. PERIOD. Of course, it would have been more intelligent to weave in the tails as soon as you finish a couple of rows and not wait till you have a nightmare lot of them screaming woohoo, weave us, weave us!!! at you.

Though, come to think of it, I can't say what's worse, unpicking because you dropped a stitch several rows before (which can't be picked up at all...) or weaving the tails in.

Stockinette stitch