Friday, October 3, 2008

FO: Sligo

At long last...Sligo:

You may remember when I started this one, in a frenzy of enthusiasm, way back in the spring. I fell in love with the pattern at first sight, and I had the perfect yarn, hand-dyed for me by the amazing stitchjones, just waiting for the right project. But alas, the path of true love did not run smoothly (is this a theme, or what?).

I struggled with the stitch pattern, which incorporates complex cable stitches along with (shudder) lace. I struggled with gauge issues that caused me to rip and reknit the back three times. I struggled with my ability to follow the pattern, causing me to rip out half the front. I struggled with the yarn, when I ran out and had to have Sharon attempt to match the earlier dye lot, a process that eventually required the sending of swatches up and down the West Coast to achieve something that would work. And then, in the final crowning inglorious moment, I realized I had sewn shut the side slits, and in attempting to reopen the seam, I cut the wrong thread and the lace hard-won lace began rapidly unraveling across the front. This last crushing blow was it for me. I stuffed the entire sweater, completed but for the edging on the side slits, behind the sofa. And there is has remained.

A few days ago, as I was working on a remake of another project that displeases me, I abruptly decided it was time to finish Sligo. Before I could reconsider, I pulled it out and set to work. In less than an hour, I had the side seams open, the lace repaired (or at least confined), and the side slit edging picked up and knitted. I wove in the last few ends and put the whole thing in a warm bath to soak. A gentle blocking, an overnight drying, and it is done. I can't believe I waited so long to address the problem, and how little trouble it was to fix. I'm going to look on this as a much-needed reminder that it is better to face one's demons than to hide them away behind the sofa.

The damage to the lace and the subseqent repair is barely visible. See?

If you look carefully, you can see on the lower left edge that the left side of the lace repeat is incomplete. This is the part that I mistakenly cut, and the best repair I could manage was to tie off and weave in the cut ends and then pick up and knit the edging. I figure no one will ever see it, so I can live with it.

The details:

Pattern: Medallion Pullover (Ravelry link) by Gayle Bunn from the Spring/Summer 2008 Vogue Knitting
Yarn: Stitchjones hand-dyed superwash worsted in the colorway "Sligo" (about 1500 yards)
Needles: Size 6 and 5 KnitPicks Options circulars
Mods: I made mine a couple of inches longer than the original, both in the body and the sleeves.
Thoughts: I can't say I really enjoyed knitting this one. The various problems I had with it made it more a matter of determination than pleasure. But I do like the design, and I do think I will wear it. Mostly, I'm just glad to have this albatross off my neck!

19 comments:

Tracy said...

It looks great, and I can't tell you how impressed I am with your stick-to-it-ness! I would have torched it ages ago. :o)

Amy S. said...

Hurray for you! It looks great! I was really rooting for you on this one. I had noticed it in Vogue too but didn't think I had the skills to tackle it. Seems like that may have been the right call. Your work is always gorgeous though--congrats again!

patrice said...

How great is that sweater!!! If you decide you won't wear it enough, I'd be happy to lease it every now and then - I'm just across the freeway and that is a perfect color for me! No ... oh well ... it was just a thought. I guess I'll have to dig out one of my several stalled UFOs and see if I can't salvage a victory from defeat like you have. Great sweater.

Viktoria said...

it's lovely! I'm so glad you were able to finish it...

Life's a Stitch said...

I SO recognize that process of displeasure and reunification.

It's very pretty.

Kim said...

You look absolutely triumphant in Sligo. Gorgeous sweater and the edging fix is not noticable at all. I think the sweater needed that time out behind the sofa so it would know who was boss.

lori said...

WOW!!!!! What a beautiful finished object!! I'm so impressed with your determination... almost impressed enough to want to attempt one for myself...

At Home Mommy Knits said...

It looks beautiful on you!! Great color.

Tammy said...

Sligo?! I had forgotten about sligo. It looks great! I love that color too.

Karen said...

Pretty! It looks really nice on you and I'm glad you were able to fix where you cut it. You can't tell at all!

crochetgurl said...

it's beautiful and i really can't see where the mistake is in the second photo! good job for making it through all the frogs! i hate frogging because i always end up with holes where i drop a stitch even after picking it up with a crochet hook.

i frogged my notting hill back yesterday when i thought i did it wrong..turns out i think the pattern was wrong...so i'm not going to frog again, and leave it in as a "design element" :-)

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Wow I had forgotten all about Sligo, it's lovely...

Fibra Artysta said...

Well done! That is stunning! I know what you mean about finding that the problems aren't as big as they are seem to be. I think its the frustration that makes it seem that way. But it certainly came out gorgeous!

quiltyknitwit said...

Your perseverance and problem solving are awesome - very inspiring.

Stephanie said...

I love the color!

Knitman said...

How lovely. I am really into green of late. What skill you have.

Stephanie said...

Such a pretty vibrate green! It looks great!

Sharon said...

Both sweaters are absolutely stunning! You are the Rit queen, no doubt about it. The color of your Sahara sweater is perfect for fall.

kmkat said...

Congratulations! That was indeed a hard-won victory, but we all know those are the sweetest. My hat is off to you.

Oh, and the sweater looks great, too!