Hello men. I have made some nice progress on my son's sweater now. I am at the bottom of the torso and am ready to return to the smaller needles for the 2x2 rib stitch. Then I will begin on the arms, which shouldn't take too long. Hope you like it. I looks tight on me but it will be looser and a bit baggy on him, which is what he wants.
The wool has been driving me crazy.It is Swish Worsted Squirrel Heather, dye lot 18661. I only paid $4.69 for each skein, but even at that price, one would expect a quality product. KnitPics has already credited my account because of so many poorly breaks or frayed and knotted sectoins over four skeins. I started checking with each handful I would unwind by holding it up and inspecting it. The more I did this the more upset I began to get.
I have now finished 8 skeins and in all the skeins together there were breaks and very badly repaired tied ends. Every once in a while a frayed knot would slip through my fingers and I wouldn't notice it for several rounds of the sweater's torso. As many of us are in this craft, I am a perfectionist when it comes to joining ends. I have had to tink back several rows to cut out the offensive knot and replace it with two joins, so it can be woven together better. Unfortunately, there are now two blemishes that I can't undo because they are too far back and I didn't catch them in time. That pisses me off! There so many joins that the inside of this sweater looks like it has tentacles. So now instead of weaving in the start of a new skein and the ending of a new skein, I also have weave in 8 other breaks and frays in the yarns that were not properly repaired. It is really going to make me think twice about getting this type of yarn from Knit Picks in the future. I am dreading the next few skeins when I do the arms. This is the absolute worst batch of yarn I have ever used. If this is the new trend in expensive animal fiber yarns, I'm turning this puppy around at the next junction and heading to an acrylic store and never look back.
I have attached a picture of me wearing the sweater sans arms or bottom 2x2 ribbing. Notice you don't see any blemishes. When I turn it inside out and lay it flat and curl the yarn where I am going to have to weave in the ends it's a friggen mess.
Thanks KnitPicks for taking my very first sweater for my son and making it a nightmare.
Thanks guys, for listening to me rant. I will be sending the same letter to Knit Picks and maybe they will do the correct thing and credit the account even though I've made the sweater look good...at least in my humble opinion.
Be well, boys!