I had a great weekend off. Plenty of couch time, plenty of restful time, plenty of sewing time and unfortunately, plenty of ugly knitting time. This weekend was the culmination of a few weeks of pitiful knitting.
1st up: I've had a skein and a half of Araucania Nature Cotton lounging in the stash for a few months now (leftovers from the 70's Shag Boat Neck). I LOVE this yarn. It's so soft to work with and it's great to wear. The 70's shag has been worn a few times, but it's been a challenge to find the right temperature for it. It's too hot to wear on regular days, but too cold to wear it when it's chilly because it is without sleeves. I thought I would use the leftovers to knit up a really quick scarf to match to take care of the temperature regulating problem. There's only one way to say it. U G L Y. I think this one is destined for the frog pond.
2nd: Remember a while back when I knit another Sophie out of Kureyon? I showed the before felting pictures and then quietly ignored the result? Here's why. I cobbled together some bits and pieces for the bottom desperately hoping that they would felt at a similar rate. No I didn't swatch. I didn't have enough yarn to swatch, it was all scraps, remember? No shocker here, they didn't really work out well together. The Cascade and the Kureyon worked really well together, the Silk Garden? Not so much. What's killing me is that I had that stupid second skein of Kureyon that would have finished the bottom anyway. I'll run it through the wash one more time and most likely send it to one of the nieces as a play purse.
3rd: I was using some Koigu scraps to knit up some Barbie clothes for the nieces for Christmas. I used the cover pattern from Knits for Barbie in a lovely purple (because one of the girls is in her purple stage). This one also turned out U G L Y. I think it looks like a housecoat. The arms are too short, there's too much bulk through the body and worst of all it's a pain in the ass to put on. I knit it exactly to pattern specs but I hate it. Oh sure, I'll sew the pockets on and have it put under the tree anyway, but I just want it said that I don't like it.
Here's hoping that this week yields better knitting results.