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wabbit
« on: November 19, 2006 09:09:16 AM »

Warning everybody: this is a whining topic, inspired by my almost-finished Rusted Root t-shirt Roll Eyes

How many knit items do you put on the shelf hot off the needles because they look so BAD on you? Do you spend hours, days, weeks knitting something only to discover that picking this pattern was not a good idea? Do you then bother to block them to see if it changes anything or not? Do you then give up, have a drink and start knitting something else, or do you dutifully try to fix things up? Do you manage to?

I know there are certain tips and tricks: try to copy the shape of your favourite garments, bulky yarn makes you look fat etc. You can even try some items on while still knitting them. But you can't see the future. Honestly, I didn't think Rusted Root would do that to me - it looked so nice and innocent. I wish I could try and see the fit BEFORE I start knitting. Oh, well, yeah, it would probably ruin some of the pleasure ...

See, I'm not talking about instant gratification - I only wish my disappointment was instant, not preceded by enormous hard work.

Argh.
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2006 10:23:34 AM »

Usually when I make something I don't like it's because I'm not listening to the little voice in my head that says "Is that really you?"  I try to go by the mantra "If you wouldn't buy it in a store, don't knit it." 
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2006 12:54:55 PM »

I would NEVER have bought Rusted Root in a store, and I purposely chose a color that is "not me", but I love it!  I have made plenty of things that don't fit well though and I did start about 3 different sizes of my RR before I found one that fit well...
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2006 05:49:37 AM »

I was just looking through the Knitty archives and came across this article about how to get a better fit from your knitted stuff - it might be useful?

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/FEATspr05TBP.html
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mooncalf
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2006 06:17:23 AM »

Some things you can re-knit. Some things probably just need to be yarn-harvested. Some things can be given as Xmas gifts.

Now I just need a selection of friends a bit taller, shorter, wider, narrower etc
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erincatherine
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2006 07:15:10 AM »

my boyfriend always makes fun of me because i knit and re-knit things over and over.  sometimes, i give up and move on, but if i like it enough (or spent a lot on the yarn!) i'll try and make it work.

but, i always find SOMEthing that i want to change.  i think all knitters have this (i hope!) it is a little bit "the thrill of the chase" i think....  or we're all nuts-o.

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