Saturday, June 24, 2006

Flopsy Mopsy

I have been working on a new creation for Allysa. I have a list of items that I want to finish for her for both her birthday and the Knitting World Cup. Well, as often happens with me, I got tired of following patterns and wanted to create one of my own. So I did.
FLOP, and I don't mean cutesy tootsie shoes I mean, I really don't like the Ring A Ding all.
Even though I don't like it and I apparently lost my ability to knit while knitting it, I will show a photo... because that's what one does on blogs, right?!
Okay, this is what I learned:
1. I cast on far too many stitches.
2. I decreased too quickly, I had hoped to create a bit of an A line, I did NOT achieve that goal!
3. Don't use such a large lace pattern on the bottom of a child's top.
4. Don't use wooly nylon for sewing the rings onto the straps.
5. Take frequent breaks when working with this cotton yarn. My hands are very sore!
6. Best lesson learned...take the risk, play with design, you are going to learn a LOT! And, I did just that.
I do like sewing the straps onto these rings. I will definitely do this on the real Ring-A-Ding tank which I am in the process of creating now....and I'm off to do just that.


del said...

Awww, don't beat yourself up--you're waaaaay braver than I am, to be designing things yourself! I'm very impressed! From here, the top looks fine, but like you said, it's a learning experience & that's great.

Nimmie said...

That is beautiful! You never cease to amaze me!

Amber said...

Awww. From the photo it looks just adorable! You obviously have a lot of talent -- i can't wait to see the end result!

Robin said...

Hey Rebecca,
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog. I just love the chef and the seeing the exciting places you put him. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon G. said...

I'm sorry the top didn't turn out like you had planned...but, yes, it's all a learning experience. Sometimes we learn the most when things don't work out as planned.

Regardless, it's gorgeous.

Mienna said...

Sorry the top didn't work out the way you wanted, but it's still beautiful work. I learned the same thing about cotton the hard way, too. I love working with the stuff, but sheesh is it tiring compared to other yarns.

Anonymous said...

I think that's it's really wonderful. You are probably your own worst critic !

I really like your blog...I agree that the chef is fun.

Laura R.

sara_jayne said...

The top looks great - despite the problems. Designing takes time....and I haven't even thought about going there. I've only knit one item that was 100% cotton and it was very rough!!