I usually don't post fails on this blog ... and it's not like I'm trying to hide them. It's just that I usually put something in "time out" when I stumble or get frustrated, and then I move on to something else, get excited, and never post about the frustrating project again. Last weekend I had grand plans to finish my Multnomah shawlette. And then feather and fan stitch foiled me. What?!?! Yeah, I know--it's silly. I've knit lace before with no problems. And feather and fan is supposed to be a simple lace pattern. But I just had one of those brain-does-not-compute moments. The lace wasn't lining up, and it didn't look right, and I gave up. Well, to give myself more credit I did frog back and start over using a pattern from my stitch dictionaries and the same thing happened. I need to try the pattern again with something small, like a wash cloth and figure it out. But in my heat-frazzled brain I just don't have the patience right now. So in my frustration, I picked up cotton wash cloth yarn to make a starfish spa cloth pattern I've been wanting to try. Cast on late Sunday night. And I was distracted. And the picture above? Yeah, that's the result. Clearly I messed up the first "arm" ... badly. I can laugh about it now, but two fails in a row, and I was not a happy camper! So I frogged the thing and started over today, determined that it was not. going. to. beat. me. And it didn't!
Pattern: Provence Star Wash Cloth, another freebie! (link to my Ravelry project page)
Needles: Size 7 Knit Picks
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cotton (color: Hot Orange, used less than 1/2 a skein)
Mods: None! But it felt huge as is, so am not planning on the crochet border. It was fun to knit a different shape like this!
(much better picture!)