At any rate, Sweater Story #2. Recall, if you will, the relative success that was my last sweater. How I spent hours and hours writing my pattern. How the yarn was the very best that I could afford. How I put all the time and energy and effort I could into ensuring that this was a quality product.
Not so with this one.
One day in Spain this summer, as I walked home from class, I happened across a little store called something that translates to "China Store." I walked in to one of the strangest retail experiences I've ever had--this place had EVERYTHING, from combs to shoes to home decor, all of it uniformly extraordinarily cheap and incredibly crap. I was on the verge of leaving when I spotted it. The wall full of yarn.
The details are a little fuzzy, but half an hour later I was walking out with a headful of sweater patterns and a bagful of this:
So why did I buy it, you ask? What mental illness could possible have come over me?
I also came away with this (slightly dubious-looking) needle, necessary because all I had with me were sock needles.
No, is the answer to that question. No, I did not.
As soon as I got home, I sat down and began scribbling, and after some swatching and calculations, came up with this:
My plan was for a fitted, cropped cardigan, knit top-down with yarn-over raglan increases, with deep ribbing at the sleeves and bottom, with half-sleeves. In my head, this looked pretty cute. A little colorful, true, but cute. I started knitting.
I kept knitting. The yarn was, indeed, horrible. It even had these weird little acrylic hairs in it, long and yellow-like doll hairs. Weird. I kept knitting.
Huh, this thing is getting kind of big.
I kept knitting.
After awhile, I started to notice something wet on my knitting, right at the point where the needle joined to the cable. I thought that was weird. I kept knitting, though, until disaster struck.
Maybe you didn't catch that.
What will happen next? Will she soldier on, despite crap yarn, worryingly large sweater, and now this disaster? Or will she pitch the whole thing in the trash and reach for the socks?
Stay tuned! Next installment coming, as soon as I find my camera that has the rest of the pictures.