I gave my completed Traveling Sweater to my Mom, only fair since she gave me all the yarn, and it certainly did not fit me. Upon receiving the sweater, though she sewed up the thumb holes that I left, she said that she would purchase me yarn to make another sweater, this one big enough for me.
As promised I received a box from my Mom a week or two after the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon where she purchases her Blue Moon Fiber. I opened up the box to find 5 hanks of the same beautiful grey Woobu that I had made the first one out of. I will admit to giggling with glee on the sight of the yarn.
I spent that afternoon rolling all the hanks with my ball winder and the swift that my husband made me. If it wasn’t for that swift I would probably never get all that winding done. I began as soon as the last ball was wound.
I cast on with the same size 3 needles and began plugging along on the collar/body. I had completed 2 complete wedges before I noticed the issue that I was creating, of course I was in denial for a few rows.
Every knitter has the moment they realize there is a problem, but deny any acknowledgment of said issue because it will work out. That is where I was when I realized that the collar was turning too much, the area for my back and shoulders was the size of an arm hole, and after only knitting 2 out of 8 wedges I had a half circle.
After consulting the pattern I discovered that i had only put 3 rows in between the short row work, instead of the required 15 rows, needless to say the problem could not be fixed, nor could it be ignored.
Luckily I only stayed in the denial stage for a short time and moved onto acceptance that I would have to rip it out down to the first wedge segment I completed. I put it aside for a week, the thought of ripping out work made me sick, and it was best that I tackled this task with a clear mind. Thank goodness that I marked the last stitch of the first wedge segment. I have gone back and ripped out too many rows to count, but have been unable to pick up what I have left. So much for having this sweater for fall.