In remembrance… Wicked

23 Feb

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my comfi cardi – I may not be able to respond to each comment, but you all have made me feel so special! I took the advice in the comments and tried wearing the cardigan with a long sleeved shirt underneath – much better with the arms! I wore it to work on Wednesday and was complimented, and it is indeed very comfy.

I had some sadness this week… the very first death of a handknit. Yes, my Wicked sweater has met a sad end – a combination of pilly yarn, a washing machine, a wool hungry cat, and my own really lousy job of binding off. Here we are in happier times…

*Sniff* Seriously though… if anyone tries to give you a bag of discontinued Debbie Bliss Merino Aran, just say no! I have never had any sweater, handmade or storebought, wear so terribly. And then, of course, the cat pictured in the photo decided to nearly chew a hole in it during blocking, and finally my crappy bind-off came loose in the washer, and I had to accept that the sweater’s time had come.

There is a bright side though… I had been wanting to make a sweater out of Dream in Color Classy, but I couldn’t find a design I wanted to knit that would show off the yarn (I think handpaints look best in plain stockinette.) I had even thought about another Wicked, but then I couldn’t bring myself to own two… problem solved! Now the only problem is choosing a color… my LYS only has Smooshy, so I’ll have to order online. Any color recommendations?

I had a little knitting mishap this week… the first time in a long time that I have had gauge bite me. I swatched twice for the hexacomb cardigan, and then went with the smaller needle in case the gauge was bigger in the stitch pattern. The body should measure a little over 16″ across for my size.

Oops. Apparently my gauge is much looser in the stitch pattern. Lesson learned – even though the pattern said to swatch in stockinette, you can’t always assume that will work out in the sweater. The gauge ended up 4 st/in instead of 5 st/in (give or take… anyway, it’s too big.) On the bright side (again) I was not really loving this yarn knit up into the pattern – it wasn’t showing the pattern enough for my taste, and was somewhat inelastic. So I’m going to try again, but I’m going to swatch in pattern, and I’m going to use a different yarn – something with a little more “spring” perhaps. I’ll swatch a few yarns in stash and see what I like. I’m sure it will be for the best!

These problems have been discouraging me a bit these past few days. My lush cardigan is also stalled – I am not happy with the sleeve cap I have finished, but I can’t seem to bring myself to rip it yet, since I can’t decide if I’m being too picky or not… besides, I think I need a break from following the (uncharted) lace pattern. I’ve been doing some swatching, trying to decide what I want to make next. We’re in that weird period where it’s too cold to wear spring clothes still, but you don’t want to start anything for winter, in case that encourages it to stick around. I’m thinking this might be a good time to go ahead and crochet another sweater – Joy and short and sweet are both ready to start, even if I won’t be able to wear them for a bit.

I’m thinking about starting this though… so pretty.

Unfortunately, the yarn isn’t going to work for the pattern.  I must have been blinded by the pretty, and didn’t notice that this yarn is DK… but isn’t it pretty?  I’ll find something else and hopefully start this pattern soon!

I sound so scattered, don’t I? Ah well… it’s the time of year I suppose. We’re approaching Easter, which is super busy for me. I have a little drama going on with work etc, and that stresses me out. I am very ready for spring, but instead we had an ice storm on Thursday (on the bright side, Marc got to leave work at 10 am, so we got to spend one of my days off together, which is rare.)

Now I will go watch Dr. Who and swatch… hopefully that will work its magic, and I’ll find something to work on that excites me!

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16 Responses to “In remembrance… Wicked”

  1. mick February 23, 2008 at 12:18 am #

    RIP, Wicked. I knitted mine in Malabrigo which, though super soft, is also not wearing very well. I think it will look lovely in the Classy; mine is in a semi-solid, and the stockinette does really show it off quite nicely.

    Can’t wait to see the new shawl! The color is just plain gorgeous.

  2. Stacey_CrimsonPurl February 23, 2008 at 7:44 am #

    That sucks! I so can’t stand DB yarn!!
    Any chance for a re-make?!?

  3. theresa February 23, 2008 at 8:26 am #

    I think a DIC Classy wicked would be a great match. I’ve ordered some in Chinatown apple (hopefully not so pink like in the swatch on the website) from http://www.yarnandfiber.com. Their price is good (it was $15.80, just went up a bit), and free shipping to Canada is awesome! Mine is saved for the popular tree jacket – I love the bias diagonal lines along the bottom!

  4. Batty February 23, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    RIP, Wicked. And thanks about the warning about the Merino!

  5. Mintyfresh February 23, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    Oh, that’s so sad. And unsalvageable! But you’ve got new things on the horizon.

  6. silencepainter February 23, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    :( Poor Wicked.

    I bet dream in color would make a really nice wicked.

  7. innerninja February 23, 2008 at 11:24 am #

    Very sad news indeed. but never fear! you are <a href=”http://www.cafepress.com/innerlegend/3810974″a knitting superhero, and your magical powers of knitting shall triumph over washing machines, hungry kitties, and the soulless corporate garp they hock down at the Gap!

  8. innerninja February 23, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Oops, here’s that broken link:
    a knitting superhero

  9. Linda February 23, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    Is that Silk Blend? That stuff is so wonderful… I haven’t even seen that color yet, must track it down.

    Sorry about your sweater, but thanks for the tip about the yarn.

  10. robin February 24, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Sorry to hear about Wicked – I remember that yarn going on sale on Elann and being extremely tempted to buy it. Thanks for the tip on it.

    Totally agree on this being a weird time of the year for knitting. I almost feel like I want to put some of the more wintry projects away until September or something! I’m too close to finishing on a lot of them to do that though.

  11. Emma February 24, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    Ah, so sad. It was a pretty sweater and will be fondly remembered, I’m sure!

  12. Katinka February 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    I’m a red (well, reddish) head, too, and I love DIC’s Happy Forest. It’s extremely GREEN. :)

  13. Christie February 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    oh no! I have 13 skeins of it!!!!!

  14. Victoria February 25, 2008 at 5:30 am #

    Thanks for your comment on my blog about the ginger felted tweed Tangled Yoke. I’ve been wearing it all week since finishing! Was very excited to receive your comment as yours is my favourite blog to read.

    Your shawl is going to be beautiful. Shawls are a good in-between seasons item as they are easy to carry and can be worn over a sweater for extra warmth. My bag is spilling out a shawl I made a couple of years ago and gets dragged out when I get chilly.

  15. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) February 25, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    I learned this week that I knit much, much tighter in garter stitch than in stockinette. I learned this only after finishing and entire sweater yoke in garter stitch. That pattern also called for swatching in stockinette. Lesson learned.

  16. Lacey February 27, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    I don’t know if you would be interested, but I know that The Loopy Ewe is going to being running a KAL for DC sweaters soon. Sheri is offering all those who join a discount on the sweater’s worth of yarn when she gets it back in stock in a week or two. Worth a shot.

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