I have this tendency to not follow patterns (yes, the same way I am with recipes); sometimes this tendency can lead to really fun and wonderful results, other times...not so much. I saw this Baktus shawl/scarf on Handmade Homeschool's blog and was sure it would be just the right gift for my SIL. It seemed simple enough until I decided to try to alter the pattern to look more like the one shown on the blog and I decided to use stockinette stitch (like the Karius scarf) instead of garter. Mine seems determined to curl inwards so much that it looks more like an overgrown caterpillar than a lovely shawl/scarf. Methinks I should have stuck with garter stitch. I've had a few "helpful" suggestions from "the boys" that I should just finish it off and iron it. ;-) Any one else have any quick fix ideas? I'd love it if I didn't have to rip it all out.
Last year I started on this bag for my other SIL with the plan to make a Runabout purse. I decided part way through that a cosmetic bag would be a better gift (thinking that it's better for women to choose their own purse) and tucked the partially knitted bag away. Last week I got it back out to finish knitting so I could finish knitting it, felt it, do some needle felting on and then line it as a cosmetic bag. I just realized that in between those times I obviously borrowed the circ. needles I was using and tucked some other size in to hold the stitches in place. It took me several inches of knitting to realize that my stitches were much smaller. Now I can't decide if I should just rip the whole thing out and make a button hole bag instead. (or perhaps just send a giant chocolate bar and forget knitting for this year?)
Thankfully a few things are turning out the way I had hoped. I'm pleased with this needle-felted butterfly. It will likely become a hair barrette, pony tail holder or decoration on a hairband - depending on what the recipient prefers.
Then we found a log across the creek with more of their tracks on it - their own little bridge across the (hopefully not troubled) water.
This one isn't quite done. I still need to add all the colourful berry bits.
This one is waiting for just a few more bits too.