This is a very busy knitting time of year. Birthday gifts, some friends and family are having babies, and of course, the start of the Christmas Box.
I'm working on a gift for a friend. The pattern is called "Fractal Danger" and it's from one of my favorite designers. I've made a few of her patterns before and she has a definite style that I like a lot. I've liked her patterns so much that I've made two of her patterns more than once, one for me and others for gifts. Usually the patterns go very well, and I love the item that I've made at the end. So much, actually, that I usually cast one on for myself immediately.
This one isn't working out as planned.
See, it's a skinny, triangular shawl with eyelets. Here's a photo from the pattern:
Mine is not coming out like that. At all. I've followed the instructions to the letter I believe and honestly, I think it more resembles a drunken starfish.
Looking at other people's notes, I'm not seeing anyone else with a drunken starfish so I know that it's not the pattern. Maybe I've been concentrating too hard on the Netflix lately....the third season of "Once Upon a Time" has been great and I just LOVED the first season of "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." (You should check it out.)
My head tells me to keep going, to trust the pattern and perhaps a (very) aggressive blocking can fix it. My heart says that despite being halfway done, this is a goner and to frog and save the pretty red yarn.
I'm not sure which direction I'm going to head in. On one hand, the yarn is gorgeous and tis' a pity to have it become something unwearable. But then again, nobody's wearing a "drunken starfish." For once in my life, I could be a trendsetter.