When I first discovered the local yarn store, I fell in love with a hand dyed yarn from a local company. The yarn is called Cashmere Squeeze and is 75% SW Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 10% Silk. The yarn is pure heaven and a delight to the touch. The yarn inspired me; Mr. Tux persuaded me. I was going to start knitting my first sweater. A sweater for Kiera instead of just making things for everybody else. The yarn store owner helped me choose a top-down patter that was in a style I liked, at an advanced beginner level.
I purchased the book, The Knitter’s handy book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd and selected the pattern, A Twisted Little Raglan. If you are interested, you can find the pattern and others from the book on ravelry. With my pattern found, my yarn purchased, and all of the knitting notions required gathered, it was time to start knitting.
I cast on for the sweater back in late February/early March and got about an inch and a half into the sweater before hitting a snag. I accidently purled nine stitches that should have been knitted and only caught the mistake on the next round. I was stumped. I didn’t want to unravel what I had worked so hard to knit, but I didn’t know how to fix the mistake. So I set the sweater aside.
For weeks it haunted me. I wanted to knit the sweater, but I didn’t want to face having to rip out the stitches I had so carefully knitted. So the sweater sat and I avoided it. Last weekend, while shopping the Easter basket sale at the yarn store, I mentioned to the store owner how I wasn’t working on my sweater because I had screwed up and I couldn’t face ripping out the stitches. She was all like, oh no problem. That is an easy fix; just bring in your sweater and we can help you. I was floored. Was there possibly hope for my poor little raglan?…
So Saturday morning, after Mr. Tux and I had enjoyed our usual weekend breakfast date, I took my poor little raglan into the store for some magic help. The lady running the store that day, sat down with me, and in ten minutes had walked me through fixing the messed up stitches, explained how use the same process to fix larger mistakes if they happen, and had my little raglan back in the land of the living. I was floored! So easy. If only I hadn’t dragged my feet and avoided my sweater problem, I could have been knitting my sweater all this time. I am so thankful for our local yarn store and the wonderful people there who are ready and willing to answer the stupidest questions any time. Thanks to them, my little raglan has been granted a new lease on life and I can return to knitting my sweater.