Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Three Strikes

I finished my Owlet! We'll sort of… I finished it but am not real happy with how it turned out so it's in a bit of a FO limbo right now.


The sweater was fun and knitted up really cute but after I blocked it the owls seemed to disappear. I think the tweedy yarn I used made it harder for the owls to show up. Next time a solid colored yarn would be a way better choice. STRIKE ONE…

Then I thought once I put the button eyes on it's sure to make the owls pop. But the 'what-I-thought-were-perfect' buttons made situations worse. Now when I look at this potentially cute sweater, all I see are dark, black buttons floating around the collar.
STRIKE TWO

So then of course when I put this 9 month sized knit on my cubby 3 month old baby and saw that it was way too tight, I was even more discouraged.
STRIKE THREE

Now this potentially cute little sweater sits in my craft room in the FO limbo pile waiting for my attention. Maybe I'll revisit again soon. But then again… maybe not.

P.S. I know this is an adorable pattern and I do hope to make it again. I'll just use better judgement next time on yarn, buttons and size!

P.P.S. Here is the LINK to the pattern source. It's designed by the way talented Kate Davies. Don't let my mistakes sway you from knitting one for yourself.




9 comments:

Stripeyspots said...

What about putting the buttons on just one of the owls? Somewhere near the shoulder? I think that would look a lot more tailored. And I LOVE the colour of that yarn!

knit one, knit two said...

I made this sweater for my b/g twins - I knit a size bigger so the kiddos would grow into them but they're too short and the sleeves are tight. Just finished my boy's sweater (after languishing since the fall) and he'll barely get any wear out of it. :( Good excuse to knit another, right?

I agree with the above poster - use one set of buttons for eyes. I'm in awe that you sewed on all those buttons! :)

I like your tweedy owls - cozy!

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

I'd go with buttons to match the color of the sweater and then I think it would all blend nicely. Too bad it it doesn't fit your little guy, but it will be a lovely baby gift for someone else.

CleaStagnitti said...

I like the knitting a lot and I'm sure it will work for a special kiddo somewhere. I knit a whole sock yarn sweater for my 9 year old and then she didn't like it - even after she picked the yarn! So I know what you mean. But I think the owls are super cute.

Fleur Cotton said...

What a shame you are disappointed after all your hard work. I agree that the tweedy yarn is probably the cause of the little owls not standing out. It just goes to show how important it is to choose the right yarn to start with - and it doesn't matter howl long you've been knitting we've all had one of those disasters! Hope it doesn't put you off trying the pattern again- Kate's designs are beautiful and I am considering making an owlet for myself at the moment if only I had the time!

Happy Knitting
Fleur xx

French Press Knits said...

I don't think it's as bad as you think- too funny that it is tight on lil Leo!

Oiyi said...

Bummer that it's too tight. I can see the owls and I love the color.

Jodi said...

What a cute little sweater! Honestly, I don't think the buttons are necessary. You could just do button eyes for one owl -- it would be a more subtle look.

Bummer about the sizing, though...

la vie sur un fil said...

I love this sweater! And the colour is very nice!
Congrats!