This was the first sweater I ever started (not the first one I ever finished, because I paused to make one for My Old Man before this one was done). I made it back in 2006. It’s the To Dye For pullover from Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook. I loved the looks of the pattern because of the bell sleeves and the split sides. I loved the looks of the yarn (Suri from KnitPicks). But the finished product left a lot to be desired. It really only had two flaws, but they were fatal:
- It made me look like a lump.
- I seamed the armholes too tight.
I could’ve undone and redone the armholes (though in this particular yarn that would’ve been a HUGE pain). But it simply wasn’t worth it for a sweater that was so entirely unflattering on me.
So why did I let it sit in my closet for over seven years? Oh, my typical reasons:
- I thought that some day I might turn into a waif and the sweater would suddenly look great on me.
- I thought I might frog the sweater and repurpose the yarn.
- I hate throwing things away.
I’m running out of places to store the handknits I actually like and wear, so I finally got over these obstacles. I decided not to bother trying to pass this thing off to anyone else – the sleeve seams are just too tight (at least for anyone for whom the body would fit) and the yarn just isn’t worth recycling. I didn’t enjoy knitting with it the first time, why would I (or anyone else) want to knit with it after it had been unknit?
So I tossed it. This represents progress for me. I hate to throw things away because I always figure that I (or someone else) will have a use for them some day.
Of course the real progress would be if I could always keep in mind that I am not, in fact, a waif, and should never knit patterns just because they look great on waif-like models.
What about you? Ever thrown away a hand knit?
I’ve thrown away yarn. *gasp* Too tangled, too many attempts, and too little patience. Yup, I’ve done it.
I did…just this weekend. Life is to short to feel guilty about something like this!
i’ve thrown away yarn and have many more partial projects waiting for the ripping pile. not sure about whole sweaters, but…probably. i’m a knit hoarder, too, and it’s sooo hard to let things go. so glad you did! well done! (it also helps designs have gotten a LOT more flattering than the old days for the early to mid 00s) 🙂