Everyone seemed to love the one-skein Noro Kureyon Wavy Gravy hat, so I decided to try it. Went out, bought Noro Kureyon yarn (at 30% off, woohoo!) and brought the needles with me for Thanksgiving. I learned to do a yarn-over, and I was ready to go.
First off, I think I have the most fiendishly tight cast-on in the history of knitting. I need to learn this. You’d think I’d figure it out after ruining projects with a too-tight cast-on. But no. I’m stupid, apparently. It didn’t take long for me to realize this wasn’t going to be a hat for an adult.
Not a problem: I would just make it shorter to compensate, and then go from there. First problem: solved. I assume God knows a child is in need of a hat, and if I’m donating the thing anyhow, it might as well fill a need rather than be exactly what I planned. (God’s pretty smart.)
Next problem: Noro Kureyon is a self-striping yarn. I think that’s the term. Basically, the yarn changes color every so often while going up the skein in order to create a hat that’s ten colors but you’ve only knitted with one yarn. And this would be good, except…
About two-thirds of the way through the hat, the yarn ended. And they’d knotted it onto the end of another piece of yarn in order to continue it. But it wasn’t the same color. This meant my yarn had gone from teal to orange to red to purple….right back to orange.
I knew this would look like heck. Moreover, the knot was a tiny knot, and every knitting book I’ve ever seen says emphatically, “Don’t make just a tiny knot in the yarn or it’s going to come apart and ruin your project.” Hence the whole “Weaving in ends” thing that I hate doing. And yet it’s fine for the machine to do that? And mess up the color?
We were driving when I discovered this. So, feeling like an idiot, I did the only thing I could do without a scissors: I unwound the yarn, pulled the fibers apart, and broke the yarn in front of the knot. Then I wound the yarn up into a ball until I reached the next purple part. I joined the yarn by felting it together, and then I kept knitting. It seems to have worked.
I’m now ready to do decreases. At this point, it’s all just knitting and knitting two together…and then the yarn broke mid-stitch.
I’ve only been knitting for two years, so I don’t know if this is a frequent occurrence, but the yarn simply snapped apart in my hands. I tinked backward and then felted the ends back together.
I’m wondering what’s going to go wrong next, but you know what? It’s yarn. If I totally mess it up, I can unravel the whole thing and start over. The world won’t end (which I think we proved last Wednesday.)
And next time, maybe I won’t cast on so freakishly tight. But don’t count on it.