Monday, August 20, 2012

Year of Projects: Back to School

I've been struggling with what to do with my Allegoro and at this point I feel like chucking it!

I didn't have enough brown yarn to do 1x1 rib on the bottom so decided to make it like the neckband which is 1 purl row then bind off only it won't lay flat and it flares out a bit.

You'd think I would have learned my lesson with the bottom, but I went ahead and did the neckband like the bottom and surprise surprise it won't lay flat either. I'm hoping it will block out but I have my doubts. . .

Since I do have white yarn left, I decided to rip the bottom back and add the 1x1 rib border like the pattern said to do in the first place. Since I'd bound off I couldn't get the stitches to unravel, so I've had to undo 1 stitch at a time. It's very slow and painful. After working on it for several hours on Saturday, I'd only gotten about half of them back on. 

I did try it on after the bottom was done and it looks baggy and sloppy on me so I'm not sure how often I'll even wear this thing but I figure I should at least see what it looks like with the ribbing on the bottom. 

Meanwhile, I drug out another quilt UFO because it has a "fall/back to school" look to it. I've had the fabric for a few years but just hadn't gotten around to working on it. It's a wall hanging from a Better Homes and Gardens calendar from 2006 and it uses 18 different fabrics! Thankfully I made fairly good notes on which were to be used in which blocks when I bought them but it still took a while for me to sort them out. I went through and numbered them which is what I should have done in the first place. . .

I got the center star and hourglass blocks cut out:


  1. Argh, that's always a difficult decision. If you feel, you will not wear it at all, maybe it could be a good thing to frog it or find a friend who will enjoy it. Nothing is more sad than a garment that stood in the wardrobe. I have one like that and I get it out once or twice a year more by guilt than really enjoyement.

  2. Bummer that bottom ribbing didn't work out for you. I know the frustration of undoing a row stitch by painful stitch.

  3. Oh I feel your pain on the sweater. I have one that took oodles of time and yarn that's sitting in the time out corner because the fit is just miserable. Hope yours pleasantly surprises you when blocked!

  4. That is a really hard decision, what's it like with the new ribbing on the bottom? I hope it fits you after all that work! And your quilt looks like it will turn our great!