“It’s not you, it’s me!” or Breaking Up with Your Project

Break ups happen in life. I recently realized that a break up was necessary in my life. My Cassis Sweater was not working out.

I call this one, It’s not you, it’s me. Here is what happen…

Breaking up with Cassis

  1. I started with a pile of beautiful PDS Worsted yarn in Fireweed.
  2. I cast on and began to knitting along with all the other KAL participants.
  3. I take the Cassis off the needles in preparation to frog it.
  4. The current state of the relationship between me and the yarn.

So what happened between #2 and #3? I cast on and immediately thrilled with the yarn itself. But somewhere around the place where you finish the shoulders, I began thinking. So I set the sweater aside and worked on other ongoing projects. Then I picked it back up and finished up the shoulder increases minus one set. Then I set it down again. It was here that break up was being to brew. I keep looking at it sitting there by my chair and I was just feeling less and less love as the days went on. I really wanted this yarn in a sweater that I would wear. So that lead me to ponder, what was making me think that the Cassis was a sweater that I would not wear? Then it hit me, it was the front. While I love to think I would wear an open front cardigan that drapes, I know that I won’t. I prefer my cardigans to have closures. I don’t always wear them closed. I just like the option. It took a few more days for me to actually take the sweater off the needles and re-ball the yarn. I even started a totally new project in there. But it had to done.

So sorry Cassis cardigan in PDS Worsted, it really wasn’t you, it’s my preference for cardigans that can be closed.

Other reasons you might break up with your project.

Honestly, honey, this just isn’t working. aka We aren’t very compatible. We are just too different.

This is where you are trying to force a yarn and project together and they just don’t work. Maybe the gauge is all wrong. The yarn knits up too stiff. The project just looks horrid in variegated yarn. Any way you look at this project, you think this just isn’t going to work. Just stop, put down the needles or hook and frog that project. Better luck next time, now you are smarter and can find a more suitable yarn for the project and a more compatible project for the yarn.

It’s you, not me!

This scenario occurs when you either dislike working with the yarn or the pattern. This may be apparent early on, so you stop and set it aside to occupy your needles. Often in this situation, this particular type of project will get frogged when you need the needles for another project. But it could be later on when you realize that you just don’t like how the chart is written, the instructions are confusing or the yarn keeps splitting on you. Again, stop and frog. If you really dislike the yarn, it isn’t likely you will find another project for it. This is when you give to someone else who wants to have a relationship with it. In terms of people, you don’t normally recommend to your friends that they date the person you  just broke up with, but it is okay with yarn. Just let that confusing, frustrating pattern go.

None of my friends and family like you and their feelings are very important to me!

This one is about that project that you hope to gift to someone. You might be okay with the project but the more you think about it, the more you realize the intended recipient is never going to wear it. It could be the color, the fact they never wear hats, or that they live in a very warm place and do not need woolen mittens. So here you have two choice. You can finish the project and give it to someone else, avoiding the break up. Conversely, you can admit that while you very much like the yarn or project for that person, you just need to re-work it. I have a project like this sitting in my WIP basket. It is nearly done. The yarn is awesome. But my sister just isn’t going to wear this shawl. She doesn’t like things wrapped around her neck and it is the wrong shape to simply wear over the shoulders. This break up is taking some time. I keep putting it off with the justification that frogging projects with stripes is a pain.

The beauty of knitting is that you can break up with your projects relatively painlessly. Yes, there is a loss of time but that loss of time would still exist if the project is completed and never used. It will just call out to you from the shelf like a bad memory.

You can give away that yarn you don’t love, someone else will. Then you can say, Let’s just be friends!

Find a more suitable pattern for that yarn and you can give it another chance.

You might be just taking a break from your current pile of WIPs. But you could also need to sit down and talk about where the relationship ie the certain WIP is going.

A break up might happen but it is nearly always for the best. In fact, I am not sure I have ever heard anyone say I wish I hadn’t frogged that project.

In case you wondering about my beautiful yarn, it is going to become a fairly plain hoodie sweater. Right now there are two pattern possibilities. The beauty is that I don’t have to swatch.

Love the PDS Worsted? See all the colors in stock here.

In other news:

There is plenty of time for you participate in the Polka Dot Sheep Yarns KAL and Contest on Ravelry. Please read the Rules and FAQs thread first. Then join in. Remember you can earn one contest entry by joining the PDS Yarns group and then posting a hello in the Chat thread. Come join in the fun!

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

 

 

 

April 7, 2014 at 8:35 pm 3 comments

NEW: Polka Dot Sheep Yarn

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New Release: Snow Ghost Slouchy knit in PDS Worsted (platinum and juice)

If you are a regular reader of this blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or a regular in our Ravelry group, you have seen and heard the name “PDS yarn”. Yes, we are launching our very own line of hand dyed yarns. Obviously we are totally thrilled with this new adventure.

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We are having a KAL and contest to celebrate the official launch of Polka Dot Sheep Yarn. Details can be found in the Polka Dot Sheep Yarn Ravelry group. The KAL and contest will happen on Ravelry. So if you are not a Ravlery member, go join and then join our PDS yarn group. Win your own Polka Dot Sheep Yarn!

Polka Dot Sheep Yarn is handed by Jennifer O. in her studio in Whitefish, Montana. She is inspired by nature and her imagination. Most colorways are semi solid in nature using the kettle dye method. Variegated colors are dyed using a variety of techniques. The color palette of PDS yarns is expanding nearly daily. If you have a color suggestion or request, tell Jennifer about in the Color Talk thread in the PDS Yarn Ravelry group. Jennifer goes by twincomet on Ravelry.

We currently have three lines of yarn in different weights,

PDS Worsted

PDS Worsted is a plump 100% superwash merino yarn. It is tightly plied and has wonderful stitch definition. Textures and cables pop, the surface is smooth without a halo. PDS Worsted really is perfect for most patterns with a gauge of 4-5 stitch/inch. Each 100 gram skein has 220 yards / 201 meters.

The following patterns from Polka Dot Sheep Publications pair well with PDS Worsted.

PDS Pub Worsted Blankets #

  1. Sawing Logs
  2. Harvest Moon
  3. Candyland
  4. Crisscross Applesauce
  5. Moving Mountains
  6. Rocky Coastline
  7. Mountain Chickadee

PDS Pub Pattern Worsted hats +#

  1. Snow Ghost Slouchy ~ designed specifically for PDS Worsted
  2. Sweet Tart Poncho
  3. Bobbles for the Whole Family
  4. Let It Snow! Ski Hat
  5. Off Piste
  6. Quick & Easy Hats for the Whole Family

PDS Sport

PDS Sport is a 2 ply 100% superwash wool yarn. Its sturdy and durable nature makes it perfect for accessories that get a lot of wear like mittens. Cables and texture show very well. With the largest palette of colors (so far), PDS Sport is excellent choice for stranded knitting. Each 100 gram skein has 345 yards / 316 meters.

The following Polka Dot Sheep Publications patterns pair well with PDS Sport.

PDS Pub Sport #

  1. Snow Ghost Mittens ~ designed specifically for PDS Sport
  2. Snow Ghost ~ designed specifically for PDS Sport
  3. Barleycove
  4. Good Medicine
  5. The Lomond Collection ~ fingerless mitts for the women, men, boys & girls

Tenderfoot 80/20

Tenderfoot is a superwash 80% merino, 20% nylon fingering weight yarn. It has a lovely sheen and depth of color. With 20% nylon, Tenderfoot 80/20 is also great for socks. Each 100 gram skein has 400 yards / 366 meters, an ample amount for a pair of women’s socks. Tenderfoot 8o/20 is available in both semi solid and variegated colors.

The following Polka Dot Sheep Publications patterns pair well with Tenderfoot 80/20.

PDS Pub Fingering

  1. Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat
  2. Sea of Dreams

Interesting fact: The two patterns above are the most knit of all our patterns.

Try something new today! Grab yourself some PDS Yarn and a Polka Dot Sheep Publications pattern and make your next favorite project.

For all the ways that you can find out the latest news about Polka Dot Sheep and our adventures, please read Where to Find Polka Dot Sheep?.

Have a lovely weekend and happy knitting!

~Angela M.

March 21, 2014 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

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