At least its true in this case......
I have 2 wound balls of Mountain Colors Winter Lace yarn that have been sitting on my desk for more than a year. Each hank has 1200 yards or 2400 yards of a constant reminder. They have turned into more of torment than anything else.
Repeatedly, I have wanted to use them in one project or another, but has never seemed quite right for any of the projects that I would swatch. And now with all this swatching, you might guess that these hanks have been had a bit of wear & tear, but holding up well.
So where am I going with this?......
Well......I am liking how my "to be named" red lace wrap is knitting up so much that I thought, just maybe, I finally could use the forsaken 2 hanks of Mountain Colors Winter Lace into the larger wrap size of this pattern.....there is so much yardage here, that I should have no worries about running short of yarn for this project.
So I jumped right in..... casting on 135 stitches with a US #4, because a US#4 is my go to size 99.9% of the time when working with a laceweight yarn. And after working about 12 rows, I convinced myself that I just hated how it looked. I really should have taken a picture before ripping it out, but it was pretty dreadful.
OK, right right....it occurred to me that I am using a US #3 on my "to be named" red lace wrap......SO, it must be this pattern that is dictating the smaller size needle.
Convinced that I finally have a solution for this yarn, I cast on 135 stitches again, now with a US #3 needle, I knit 9 rows only to be completely disgusted by how this yarn is knitting up and the fabric it made. Again.... I wish I would have taken a picture before ripping it out......Trust me it was pretty bad.
Now I find myself in a mode, that I will not be beaten by this yarn. Primarily becasue I have 2400 yards haunting me every day (so dramatic, right?) and decided to try it with a US #2. This now required a needle purchase, because I don't own a lacepoint needle in a US #2. Irritating right?
With a US#2, I cast on 135 stitches and knit 8 rows and its GLORIOUS. I feel like I have finally broken the curse of this yarn...... Must celebrate!!!!! ...... Margarita anyone?
Moral of this story......
- third time is a charm, definitely in this case, keep trying, .....but more so
- change needles until you get to a knitted fabric that you like.
Some lessons are harder than others. This definitely makes swatching a more desirable option.