Or is it just the knitter who is cursed?
In the spring I was asked if I could knit a Christmas stocking for my Goddaughter’s baby. She wanted one that is similar to the ones her late grandmother had knit for her family 25-30 years ago. Of course I immediately said yes. A knitter lives for stuff like this! Someone asking for a hand knit because they love a hand knit they already have. This is a knitters fantasy. I told her to pick out a pattern so I’d know what she wanted and I’d have it for her in the fall. A couple of weeks later her mother got in touch and told me that they had decided on this pattern. I bought the pattern and decided to go with Red Heart yarn since I knew that would go with the others they already have. I read through the pattern. There isn’t much to it really. I gathered the needles and yarn and cast on. I knit the amount you see above and ripped out. It wasn’t quite right. The stitches were a little wonky. I cast on again and made it a bit farther but ripped back again because when I got through the rocking horse section it was a
little puckered. I cast on again and what you see above is where I am. It looks OK but I feel dread. I just know the rocking horse section is going to pucker again. The yarn is so unforgiving. I can’t say it’s going to block out because it isn’t going to. I can’t decide if it’s me, the pattern or the yarn. I have to get this done. I really only have about 6 weeks. They’ll want it by Thanksgiving. I don’t know what to do. Do I keep going and hope for the best? Do I order some Cascade 220 and just knit it in wool and tell them NOT TO WASH IT IN THE WASHING MACHINE? Should I just knit the sections plain and duplicate stitch the designs? Entering witness protection is not an option. And did I mention that they’re having another baby in January and they want a second stocking? What do you suggest?