How knitting teaches us about humility....
Sometimes you think you've done everything right, controlled all the variables for a predicatable outcome. You did your swatch, read all the pertinent information, and proceded onward, full of confidence for a successful outcome.
On the left, a lovely corregated rib mitten cuff from Charlene Schurch's Marvelous Mittens book in the classic Brown Sheep Naturspun Sport. I didn't get too far, so it won't be too bad of a rip - I slipped in on and it is way too big around my wrist - need to downsize.
On the right, a Scandinavian Sweater of the Elizabeth Zimmerman variety, ie, design your own as you go, in Bartlett Fisherman Yarn, natural sheep colors. The pink is the knitted in hem, which is curling badly. Problem here? Quite a significant difference in my flat swatch gauge and my knitting-in-the-round-while-carrying-colors gauge. My hoped for 40" chest measurement is closer to 36". This rip will be more painful that the little mitten, but it will happen.
On the bright side, I would rather go up a needle size on Scandinavian anyway, because the fabric is so dense and the knitting is hard on my hands. A longer circular than what I am using will help. So I will treat myself to a new Addi, 29", size 7.
Sometimes, our need for a quick product, or even just for blog content, causes us to lose site of the lasting nature of what we are creating. We plow onward, knowing that there might be significant problems that will haunt us later. This time, I think it was the yarns and these timeless patterns that caused me to do the right thing and start over. I hope to have these mittens and this sweater when I am an old woman. So, let's get it right from the beginning.