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October 29, 2003


While traveling last weekend I finished the second sleeve on Cherry Mango and last night I picked up the stitches around the neck and started knitting the turtleneck. While picking up the stitches, I found myself suddenly plagued by doubts regarding this project.

With good reason, it turns out.


I had been worrying all along about the quality of the yarn I was using -- it was rough to the touch, and the plies separated easily. I knew quickly that the drape was going to be different than the All Seasons Cotton that the pattern(s) call for -- but I just crossed my fingers and kept on knitting.

Tonight, I finished the turtleneck and I tried to slip it over my head -- and I tried, and tried and tried. No luck, the yarn just didn't give enough. I couldn't tell if the problem was with the combination of two patterns or the replacement yarn. Either way, I had no choice but the rip out the whole thing. Grrrr.

Stay tuned for my plans to try these patterns again!

P.S. - The new book was a gift from Jason's mom, who saw it at Barnes and Noble and thought of me. So this weekend wasn't a total knitting loss!

Posted by shannon at October 29, 2003 3:10 PM | For related posts: Cherry Mango, For Mom


I'm hate when that happens. I had that problem with most of my sweaters - the neckline deficiency I called it - until I took a class with Sally Melville on Emergency Measures.

Was your neck opening too small or did you knit the turtleneck too tight?

Good luck!

Posted by: Lynette at October 30, 2003 12:23 PM

Oh my god. I was jealous that you were so far ahead of me and now you've had to rip out all the cherry mango. Too too sad. I hope you can get started on the new version soon. Maybe we can still mango together on Sunday??

Posted by: alison at October 30, 2003 3:50 PM

You are my hero when it comes to ripping. I'm learning that ripping is better than having an item that you don't like, but I've never met someone to do so much ripping so graciously! Rip on Shannon, oh... I mean knit on Shannon! See you Sunday.

Posted by: Johanna at October 31, 2003 1:06 PM

Alison: Stay tuned for news of Cherry Mango Part Deux. Don't worry, I don't give up so easily.

Johanna: You are too kind. Methinks that if you had actually witnessed my attitude after the discovery of the problem and the ripping process you might not have used the word "grace". Perhaps "stubborn" would better describe my willingness to rip it all out at the drop of a hat (stitch)?

Posted by: shannon at October 31, 2003 1:36 PM