Friday, November 6, 2009

tragedy

It has been a tragic knitting week for me. I got my first hand knit hole:


I am very sad. The hole isn't too big and I still have some yarn so I can repair the heel. But the yarn is so soft (lots of cashmere) that they probably won't hold up for too long. Sigh...

Here is the second tragedy:


I started the thumb and it's too big.


No amount of fiddling will make it right. The gusset is the right length but the opening is too big. These have to be frogged and reknit. I am so disappointed.

11 comments:

Carrie K said...

Argh!! Tragic indeed! Poor Dotty.

gayle said...

How could that be? That is such a disappointment. Is there such a thing as thumbless mittens?.... opposite to fingerless gloves. Bad joke, I know. I feel really bad for you. You worked so hard on them.

Batty said...

No!

Is there no way to fudge it? Maybe make the thumbs shorter so they'll stretch lengthwise when worn? I'm so sorry, the mittens are so awesome.

Chris said...

Waaaaaah!

Robin said...

Don't frog- just frog the thumb- then sew up the excess gusset spot to the proper opening size and voila knit a new thumb!

adriene said...

Oh, so sad about the hole. I suppose that ultimately happens... but it's still sad.

I agree with Robin about sewing up the excess gusset. I think you could get the right size thumb that way. I often have to do it with the gusset in the underarms of the sweater - sometimes, when I get to grafting them together, the opening has stretched. A few sewn stitches usually fixes them right up!

Rosemary said...

Oh, i hate knitting tragedies!

Can you rip out the thumb, and then mattress-stitch a few stitches to make the thumb hole smaller, and then re-knit the thumbs? I think it would be worth a try. You know, smallerize the thumb hole.

Diana L. Sullivan, CPA said...

On the worn socks, you can help them to hold up if you repair them and then duplicate stitch them with wooly nylon. Put the nylon all over the heels and toes. It'll be almost invisible, but the reinforcement will help.

Good luck! It's well worth doing!

PurlingPirate said...

Oh no!!! So sorry!! I know how disappointed you are not to have finished the mitts yet. And I know you will be majorly relieved to have them done! Keep on knittin'!

Ginger said...

I'm so sorry you have to rip and renew (sorry been watching HGTV all day while knitting, what else?) But on the bright side they are digital mittens! Shouldn't take too long!!! ;-)

Bea said...

Oh my. I hope you don't mean frogging totally and that your going with the sewing fix as some commenters said.