Remember my project?
I haven't forgotten it either. I have been working towards making one of these:
I found the pattern on pinterest, link here :)
A week or so ago I decided to just start knitting it, knowing full well that my bulky hand spun 100% alpaca yarn would knit up different than the yarn suggested by the pattern. I know about doing a gauge swatch and all that, but how boring! So I didn't.
And, I am learning that at least for my own hand spun 100% alpaca yarn, which is incredibly soft yarn, if I knit it with a small size knitting needle, that soft feel will fall into disguise. Bulky yarn on a small needle = it knits so tight that the product almost feels hard and stiff, not alpaca like at all!
Combine all these things and I was not making a nice cute soft headband. It was turning into a disproportionately big and stiff headband. Not at all what I wanted!
So I frogged it.
Which means to "rip it out, rip it out" commonly called frogging in the fiber arts world.
While at the alpaca show this weekend, I brought my yarn, larger size knitting needles, and a complete over haul of the pattern done specifically by me to fit my own yarn.
It is knitting up fast:
And best yet, it is soft and proportionate and everything I wanted this headband to be.