30 Days of Knitting Questions – Day 17

Continuing my posts from the tumblr account Crafts and Such that has a list of 30 knitting questions; one for each day.

Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?

Ruined? No.  I guess I’ve been lucky or simply not had anything long enough.  However, I have “ruined” the end of a project I really like quite a few times with the bind off.  I don’t think I can bind off loosely to save my life.  At least not with a regular bind off.  I’ve tried to make sure the stitches were extra loose, I’ve tried going up a few needle sizes, etc.  It just doesn’t work out for me.  I have to do a different bind off.

The first time I realized this was my very first pair of toe-up socks.  Luckily it was with a bulky weight yarn so not too much time was invested in it.  After I bound off those socks it took quite a funny little foot dance to get those socks on.  That edge was way too tight even if it was done “loosely.”  I learned after that to look up a stretchy bind off and not even attempt to do it loosely again.

Probably the biggest disappointment was the Diatom Shawl.  I still love that shawl but I should have had an extra foot in diameter than I ended up with.  There was plenty of stretch in the shawl itself to get that extra foot if my bind off wasn’t too tight .  I blocked that edge so tight I was a little worried it might actually break apart.  Once it dried it was fine but there is no way to get that edge to block any larger even when the rest of the shawl could.


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