Arachne Update: Difficult Truths

I took this photo after completing the 22 row of the chart. I knit 1 row watching TV and had to put it down to assess. I need advice and I want brutally honest advice (but only about this project. I’m not ready to go there with the other shit I’m dealing with.).

  • I like the pattern though not the fit of the sweater girl style of the sweater. My days of wearing a short, bust accentuating sweater have passed. It will not be flattering on my body no matter what scaffolded undergarments I wear. I have reinvisioned the sweater as a standard top down pullover.
  • The yarn I’m using is Plymouth Encore, a wool blend that’s mostly acrylic. It’s nice for what it is but it really isn’t working great for stranded colorwork. It is taking skills I lack to try to keep it free of puckering. Let’s be completely honest: This won’t block out. Acrylic isn’t known for it blocking. Knitting this in wool makes way more sense.
  • If I forced myself to knit a few rows a day I could get through the yoke. The rest of the sweater would fly off the needles. It’s worsted weight. It’s nearly mindless.
  • I feel really badly bailing on the Arachne KAL. I love knitting with others. It’s a connection with the greater knitting world that I think enhances Blogville.
  • In my world I would only wear this sweater in October, Halloween month. I’m not a Halloween all year round person like H. She’s very into all the witchy, ghosty, jackolanterny things about Halloween. It isn’t a date on the calendar to her as it is to me.
  • I was able to justify starting this sweater because the yarn is stash I was given. It would be a free sweater that freed up stash space. A double win.
  • I have to knit a baby blanket before the November arrival of The Husband’s nephew’s third son. I don’t have enough of the yarn I used for the other two. The gray Plymouth Encore would be perfect: a wool blend in a boy friendly color that’s washable. I have many skeins of this yarn so if a 4th boy was announced at a later date I’d be all set. Don’t worry if the 4th was a girl I’ve got something for that too. My stash is extensive.

So what do you think? Should I keep going? Should I see the writing on the wall and just stop already? For now I’m going to take one of those excess skeins of gray Plymouth Encore and try out a baby blanket pattern. Either that or cast on some socks.

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28 Responses to Arachne Update: Difficult Truths

  1. Mama Cormier says:

    It sounds like you should quit and use the yarn for another project.

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  2. I hate telling anyone to quit anything, but if your heart isn’t in it, then you aren’t going to enjoy the knitting or wearing the sweater. It has been great knitting along with you no matter what you decide! Maybe we can all do another KAL together soon?

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  3. In your heart, you have already decided to stop, and you’re asking us so you don’t feel guilty, right?

    Go ahead and stop, it’s perfectly OK! There’s no point in knitting something you won’t enjoy wearing frequently. The knitters in the KAL will forgive you and understand. I’m not a fan of Plymouth Encore, but if you find it’s good for a baby blanket, cast on, keep busting that stash, and don’t look back. If it doesn’t work for the November baby, you’ll be all ready for the next one that comes along. And then make yourself a top-down wool pullover that is so perfect for your body that you live in it all through this coming winter.

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  4. It feels like you’ve almost made the decision. Life is too short to knit stuff we’re not enjoying and are fairly sure won’t look nice/get worn. If it was me I’d knit the baby blanket with the grey. Acrylic is great for baby knits as it washes and washes. As you say, acrylic won’t block. Do it! and hugs.

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  5. Erica says:

    There will be other KALs. It really is okay to bail on a project that you don’t feel completely in to. A blanket sounds wonderful! At least you would be still using that yarn and not just restashing it.

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  6. Mimmy Jain says:

    Ditch. Abandon. But grey for a baby blanket? Not too sure on that one.

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  7. Evelyn says:

    I vote Yes for the baby blanket. It will be loved for longer than a baby blue one. But here’s what I would do:
    Put the Arachne on waste yarn and put it in a ziplock. Knit the baby blanket. If you ever want to go back and knit the Arachne, you won’t have to start from scratch and if you never want to finish it, you still have the part you knit. Think of it as a complete project. You can even cast it off in the future and just save it.

    Can’t wait to see the baby blanket!

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  8. Mimmy Jain says:
    Baby blanket pattern in grey, if you’re interested. I have the pattern and can email it to you, so you don’t need to buy it.

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  9. Alissa Head says:

    It sounds like you don’t love it. Time to frog! 😊

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  10. sarahcurtis1678 says:

    knitting should be fun! pull it out and start something you love!

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  11. yarnmama10 says:

    I vote for a visit to the frog pond.

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  12. Stop! If you are having so many questions now you know, deep down, that it isn’t going to get better. Any time I have ignored my inner voice I have later regretted it. Move onto something you will enjoy knitting and wearing or gifting.

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  13. Marsha Noce says:

    If the yarn with the pattern is not giving you joy, then scrap the project. There is no need to continue knitting on a project that will; 1) only be used/worn a couple of times a year 2) doesn’t make your heart happy when working on it 3) makes you write a blog post asking for opinions l even though we love giving free advice lol). Make a baby blanket that will be loved and adored by many for years to come.

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  14. Would the sweater fit H and would she LOVE it and wear it often? If so, then continue and gift it to her. If no, then you already know the answer.
    Continuing to do something that has no benefit to you mentally or physically is not healthy. The knitting deities would agree.

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  15. Laura Kate says:

    I vote that you frog it, especially since the Plymouth yarn is a bad match for stranded work. I recently purchased this same yarn and plan to make a loose cardigan style wrap for wearing inside during cold days. I’ll probably throw some lace stitches into the mix to lighten up this heavy blend.

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  16. ReginaMary says:

    I think you should stop. Put the Arachne aside for now. Cast on for the baby blanket. When you revisit the sweater, you’ll know if you want to continue or frog. (I think you’ll frog, but at least it won’t be in haste).

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  17. chrisknits says:

    Just stop and go make the blanket. If you are not getting joy from it, why force it?

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  18. YarnyDragonfly says:

    Yup, it’s time to move on!🙂

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  19. randomlyerin says:

    Rip it out, use the yarn for something else, and move on to a project that brings you joy. I have spoken. HA HA HA!!!

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  20. momdussa says:

    I love grey baby blankets… ;D

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  21. AJ says:

    I think it’s better to frog early than when you’re done and have a sweater you won’t wear. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a KAL, but if it’s not right for you,don’t continue. The other person won’t be upset as they’ll still end up with their awesome sweater.
    I wish I had given this advice to myself!🤦🏼‍♀️

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  22. elpalchica says:

    I think you would be frustrated and unfulfilled every time you picked up the project. It is not scratching an itch anymore.

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  23. Sounds like the community has weighed in! Do what you love. Life is short.

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  24. kathyreeves says:

    I like the idea of putting this work aside and safe, while you do the baby blanket, and then decide whether to hold or frog. Knitting should make you happy!

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  25. I was going to tell you to let it go, but everyone else already did. Knitting is joy; if not, let it rip!!

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  26. Let it go. If you aren’t feeling it a sweater isn’t worth your time.

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  27. It sounds like you should rip it out and use the yarn for something else.

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  28. Stefanie says:

    You know what fits you best and what makes you comfortable. Go with your inner instincts. I do want to knit that sweater.

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