2022: Wk of 12/4-10; Hubby Sweater Time Out, Starting another Ranunculus


Hubby’s sweater was almost done except for the collar so I could finally have him try it on. YUCK!!! Hate it so many ways. What a disappointment after 84,000 stitches and 2 months of knitting. 1) The stripes just don’t look right. I like it when it’s just laying on the table but it just doesn’t look good on. 2) Could be because it’s a little too tight. He usually wears looser sweaters. 3) The length is too long. I wanted more a mid-hip length. 4) The V is WAY too deep. I would need to rip back to where the sleeves are joined and knit several inches before starting the V. 5) The sleeves are indeed too short. Fortunately the too short sleeves and the too long body are not a big issue since I knitted stripes. I could just remove the cuffs/hem and add length/shorten before kitchenering them back on. I’m putting the sweater in timeout for a bit before finishing the collar and attempting the lengthen/shortening. If I still don’t like it after aggressive blocking then I will frog it and hopefully reuse the yarn in another striped sweater. This time top down!!


Well, the only way to handle the disappointment of my hubby’s sweater is either retail shopping (nope – already have too much yarn and I have my advent calendars. Also have plenty of project bags and knitting “toys”) or cast on a fun project. I’ve been going back and forth between a Ranunculus and a Love Note with this yarn but finally decided to go with the Ranunculus. I only have 58g of yarn so I need to make a very cropped top that will be worn over a sleeveless top/camy. It’s my first time to knit with mohair as well. I’m loving knitting with mohair. It’s definitely the right “feel good” project to finish off the year.


Here’s this week’s advent calendar minis. I’ll post a “group” shot after I’ve opened them all. I think a Sea Glass Tea will definitely be my New Year’s Day Cast-on with the Girl And Her Wool minis (left picture).

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. While it doesn’t “feel” like Christmas here in south Florida, hubby and I went to a Christmas Dinner and Dance at the condo complex. We love to dance and I got to wear a long dress that I haven’t worn in 15+ years.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts.  YOP started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.


16 thoughts on “2022: Wk of 12/4-10; Hubby Sweater Time Out, Starting another Ranunculus

  1. Oh dear. Sorry to hear about the sweater mishap. Hope the time out helps give you time to regroup your thoughts on what to do. Starting the Ranunculus is a perfect way to heal you knitting woes. Your advent yarns are really pretty. Lucky you!

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  2. I’m so sorry about the sweater. You are a better woman than I. I would pitch it and tell him to go buy one! LOL! The new project will sooth your disappointment…I hope…after all that work.
    Better you than I going to a dance and dressing up. Neither of those would be fun to me! LOL! I am a true introvert. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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    1. Well, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later that I would need to frog a project. I’m make a last gasp attempt to fix it by finishing the collar and lengthening the sleeves before frogging.


  3. Bummer on the sweater. Do you think it might be a gauge issue? Whatever it is, I think giving it a rest for now and coming back to it later is a good plan.

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    1. It was a mix of things. I hate bottom-up for sleeves since you have to start at the cuff and therefore guess where it’s going to join the sweater and thus how long to make them. It was originally way too big so I ripped it out and made the next size smaller. Now it’s too tight. The too big V is the design. I just didn’t realize how deep the V was because all the pictures were for the crew neck version.


  4. As others have said “so sad about the sweate”r – maybe its time out will improve things – or at least have a glass of wine or two while you frog it for another project.
    Your advent yarns look amazing. I have yet to succumb to a knitting advent calendar, but yours certainly is tempting me to try it next year.

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    1. Advent calendars are fun but then you have lots on minis!! So it’s best to have an idea what you plan to do with them. I now have so many that I high priority is figuring out how to use them. Many do shawls but I don’t wear shawls. So I have some tee and sweater projects in my 2023 plan.


  5. I’m so sorry about the sweater! When it comes to it, is there a possibility it might fit someone else better? Anyway, Rununculus will be the perfect antidote I’m sure!

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  6. Oof, I’m so sorry you still don’t like the sweater. Would you consider just donating it rather than have to look at it again even to rip it out? I’m so glad I frogged the bottom up jumper I had started, everything you’ve said makes me know top down is always going to be my choice for ever more. Like Sam I’d just go buy him a jumper. 😂. Fingers crossed for smooth sailing on your own project.

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