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“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

Where to find the Polka Dot Sheep?

In this day and age, you can learn about your favorite things in all sorts of places. I want to give you an overview of the places to find us.

Click the picture to be taken each social media home of Polka Dot Sheep.

PDS on FBFacebook is a great place to start following us. Simply click the like button on the top of the page. You will find a mix of local Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe news like classes and other in store events, photos of yarn and projects, and fun questions for you.

PDS on RavelryIf you want to get know us well, join our Ravelry group! There we can chat, ask detail questions, give support and general fun. To be honest, Ravelry is my personal online home. It has a number of my favorite people talking about my favorite things. Plus our group is full of great listeners for those days that you might need to vent a little. We share recipes, book recommendations, and photos to give your glimpses of new places. It is a great home away from home.

PDS on TwitterWe have fun with Twitter. You will find that all the information we share on Facebook will also turn up on Twitter. But you might also find us sharing our favorite Buzzfeed stories and quizzes, tweets from other designers and sneak peeks of Aimee’s designs.

PDS on PinterestOur newest place we are hanging out is Pinterest. The most fun board is Jennifer’s Color Crushes. You will see what inspires her in dying PDS Yarns. But if you want to pin PDS Publications patterns, see what patterns we are loving and individual colorway photos of PDS yarns, this is the place for you.

Both Polka Dot Sheep Publications and Polka Dot Sheep Yarns also have their own individual Ravelry groups. While this may seem like a lot of Ravelry groups, it really is the best way to provide specific information on our patterns and yarns and customer support.

If you have specific question on any of Aimee or Kendra’s patterns, the Polka Dot Sheep Publications group is the place to go for help. The question may have been previously asked and the answer is there. If not, feel free to ask your question in the thread specific to your pattern choice. Absolutely share your projects in this group, both in the FOs thread and your project page.

In the Polka Dot Sheep Yarn group, there is sneak peeks at colors in developments and new color being released. This is also a great place to ask specific questions about each yarn. This is the place to show off your finished projects in PDS Yarn. Coming soon there will be some fun activities in this group. Keep your eyes open!

If you aren’t much of a social media user but want to keep up with pattern releases, new yarns, classes offering (if you are local to the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe) and KAL, the newsletter is your best bet. Newsletters are great because they aren’t as transient as some other forms of social media. You can always save the newsletter for reading at a time that is convenient to you without missing anything. Your inbox will not be overwhelmed with our newsletters.

Sign up PDS newsletterWe really understand that you may not be on every single one of these social media platforms. Of course there is this blog to read as well. But if you can’t possibly get enough Polka Dot Sheep and inspiration, you know where to find us online. Of course you can purchase all the yarns and most patterns we recommend at Polkadotsheep.com.

Happy Knitting and I will see you online.

~Angela M.

March 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm 2 comments

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