Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Is there such a thing as bad knitting?

I am not a yarn snob.

I don’t like every yarn, and I haven’t knit with every yarn, but I am willing to try almost any yarns.

I love wools, (especially soft ones). Alpaca and other luxury fibers are nice, but many are too warm for me. And some lack the sproing of wool.
But I like cotton yarn, and it has no sproing at all!

I don’t look down my nose on acrylics, I showcase my Red Heart creations side by side with items knit with 100% merino, (hand painted merino at that!).
My stash has all sorts of yarns; wools, and alpacas, angoras, mohairs, silks, cottons, bamboos, soys, in single fiber skeins and assorted blends.
I like novelty yarns too.. Just for the novelty.

I’ve made lots of ‘style’ (not warmth) scarves from novelty yarns. They are pretty.

I like knitting them and wearing them. Ribbon yarn and ladder yarn, and fancy boucles are fun for accessories.

I like novelty yarns for trim, too. Just look at this cute Thistle Hat.
It wouldn’t be the same with the soft ruff of purple fun fur.
And it certainly wouldn't look like a thistle in bloom.
(We like thistles in our family, and like the Scot's, think them to be flowers, not weeds)

Novelty yarns are wonderful, but well, like any novelty, best in moderation.

Which bring me to the ugliest knitted thing I have seen in a long time, (if not the ugliest thing ever)

This is what happens when knitting goes bad.

It has not 1, not 2, but 3 different novelty yarns, (styles) and several colors of each style. The bulky yarns (for the most part chunky yarn doubled!) that make up the base come in different colors too. The blue (ish) border is one color at upper sides, (square end) and a different color at the bottom, (curved end). And a third color across the top --in each case, the 'color' is created by the addition of a novelty fur/eyelash type yarn.
It is wide, (could be useful), but short (I guess it is intended for the matronly petite!)
It weighs a ton.

I have to wonder at the person who knit this.
Did they really think it looked good? Even if every yarn was bought on sale (even clearance), there is a lot of yarn in this … monstrosity.

(and I wonder, still more, at the person who bought and thought it was a good idea for a christmas gift)

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