WIP Wednesdays are great. I love participating in them for a few reasons. First, I always know what I’m going to be writing about. As I have firmly established in the past I have a great many WIPS at anyone time so my topics of conversation are vast and varied. Second, and this was unexpected, WIP Wednesday forces me to pay closer and better attention to my knitting. If someone had told me six months ago that I could actually pay more attention to my knitting I would have
poked them in the eye with a knitting needle stared at them in quiet disbelief.
So with that in mind, I found myself in an odd spot this Wednesday. The only new WIP I have on the needles is the start of my Super Secret Husband knitting. The title explains why I can’t write anything about it here except that it’s going well and received an appropriate amount of “oohs” and “awes” at knit night last night. And I really don’t feel like I have made any significant progress on other projects and don’t want to bore myself or anyone else with a redundant knitting update. But than I figured it out.
I love knitting and I love my WIPS. In a worst case scenario I know that the person I am knitting for will (hopefully) love what I am creating for them and that even if the wool or the pattern are not really my taste it’s all still good. This WIP however is the glaring exception to that.
I present to you my most hated WIP of all time, the featherweight Cardi.
This lovely little nightmare was cast on almost a year ago as part of a KAL hosted by The Purple Purl. The store sample was so pretty and the yarn that was going to be part of the kits was Viola Fancy Lace. I really didn’t see how any of this could go wrong. So I picked my colourway and paid my cash and then sat around with all the other KAL knitters dying with the anticipation of receiving our kits and diving in head first. And then the kits arrived and my nightmare began.
I want to make it exceeding clear at this point that there is nothing wrong the pattern. It is very well written. There is also nothing wrong with Viola yarns. I have very successfully and enjoyably finished other projects using Viola. Unfortunately this combination for me is a recipe for disaster and heartbreak and I really should have known that this would only end in tears. In case you haven’t quite realized this next bit yet, this is an entire cardigan knit in lace weight yarn!
First the needles I was using were very wrong for the project so I bought new needles and tried with those ones. And for a short while that seemed to be the missing piece to the puzzle and I thought that I might actually be able to enjoy knitting the Featherweight. But as the knitting continued a harsh new reality snuck into my brain and planted itself very firmly in my thoughts. Then it started screaming at me every time I got near the cardi. The message was loud and very clear. I hate knitting with lace weight and for me making an entire cardi out of it is a bad, bad, bad idea. Not only was I not enjoying knitting it I knew that I would never actually wear it for fear that it would snag on something and rip. The only logical thing to do at that point would be to use the cardi as a fire starter just so I could begin to express the amount of anger that I would have towards the now snagged, ripped Featherweight cardi. I understand that this is probably not healthy and really lighting any cardi on fire may in fact be the opposite of logical. But I’m willing to own and embrace my irrational thoughts. They balance out nicely with all the rational thoughts I have on any given day.
I’d like to say that one day I will finish this WIP. However, I think we can all agree that’s just a pipe dream. I need to be strong and frog the whole thing and find something else to do with the yarn. And I will continue to be in awe of all those knitters who have finished this pattern. I bow down to you. Your patience clearly surpasses my own. You and your finished cardis will continue to be a source of inspiration for me.
Just for the record, I hate frogging. Rippit.