Knitting with hot needles - ahem headaches

in NeedleWorkMonday3 months ago (edited)

In German there is this saying, “knitted with hot needles” (mit heißen Nadeln gestrickt) which means you did a project hasted and sloppy. And this is what I did with my knitted slipover. Today, dear readers you will get another whining post, as I have headaches since Thursday and the slipover fits strangely.

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I some post back explained that although I have migraines which are known for being very painful, I knit especially much if I have them. This is because my headaches don’t simply stop and are over after a day (or after taking medication), no they more often linger for two, three and sometimes even more days. In these "aftermath" times I am not able to read or watch anything as I have eye problems during the attacks, and it will result in even worse headaches. So, these are the times when I knit or crochet the most, get a lot of done and make the stupidest mistakes :-DDDD And exactly this happened yesterday.

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In my post three weeks back, I showed you some of my unfinished projects and one is a warm slipover in self striping cuddly yarn. My first project (honestly) where I used the exact yarn the pattern called for as I loved the designer’s idea to knit back and front of the slip over in two different shades. I decided to knit size s after looking at the finished width, started happily (yes, after I made a tension square :-D) and knitted the first 5 rows. As it happens so often, I suddenly became afraid, that this slipover will be much too small. I measured the cuff and measured it again and again and… fumbled some crochet stitches onto my needles to get to the next size. (Do you also do such things, like instead of unraveling the knitting you simply do some double crochet at the end of the row with the super long beginning tail – which I extra leave for this emergency?)

Size M it is and to cut it short, its much too big. Funnily, with the additional stitches I reached a final width of 60 cm for front and back, which corresponds with size s of the pattern. But I have no clue why I thought 120 cm circumference is a fitting size for a slipover for me… I even thought it too small. I am confused by myself.

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I finished the sweater last week and used the mild headache days to sew it together. You know I hate sewing my knits and my thoughts were like “the day is already rubbish, so I can add hand sewing to its all over misery”. Worked fine :-DDD
Next day I was completely out, so no knitting only whining and exchanging ice packs. On Saturday I had a 5-hour long video conference coaching with the board of the charity organisation I am in… I only say, an even worse idea to do this with headaches than knitting with headache. But ok, its done. On Sunday I decided I want to write about this slipover on Monday and frantically knitted the neckline. I got it done, but it looks like I have made it with hot needles: wobbly, irregular and I am unsatisfied. I should have used a smaller needle size and perhaps should have knitted more attentively. Yeah… but I did not.

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So, hello Monday, here is my still unfinished slipover (the sleeve cuffs are missing) which is much too wide and has a sloppy neckline. I made some happy faces to show of my superpower of faking that I am fit (ok, and I naturally smile, because I want to make you all smile back at me <3 <3)

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What did I learn? Knitting with headaches results in sloppy garments.
Will I do it again? Yes.

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Well... It wouldn't help for the shoulder region, but you could use a sewing machine and simply make new seams at the sides to reduce the width. And though it might be a bit short it looks just right to wear at home for warmth and "Gemütlichkeit". The colors and the yarn itself makes it look cosy :)

Yes, gemütlich it is :-D I will ponder the machine sewing, but at first I thought I try to add the sleeve ribbing, maybe some style-wonder happens and it suddenly looks good. I also pondered to add real sleeves...

If you still have enough yarn, I'd try first to add length to it. One reason for it looking a bit strange might be the proportions.

forgot to answer... naturally i do not have enough yarn :-DDD only a bit more than I would need for the ribbing. So far the slipover went again into the box of shame...

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't knit with a headache if that's what you want to do. 😂 You already deserve extra congratulations for that.

Thank youuuuuu and yes these headaches are so annoying and I want to feel not completely useless, so I am glad i can do anything (like knitting or crochet)

Add some rings and corset lacing to the sides and tighten to give it more shape and style.

Wow, this is a creative solution, I would have never thought about this... I will first add the sleeve ribbing and than look up your idea (perhaps loops and an knitted i-cord...)

I think the colour choice and the yarn count for the hem is the best choice. it's basically required the course account for the ham that it will be suitable for hem purpose. and the colour combination with the base fabric is also superb that's why it's an good learning for me personally full stop thank you very much for sharing such a good work

Thank you for your support. I also was drawn to the color combination and the yarn is super soft and warm. I guess I will first finish the sleeves and then again ponder if the stle suits me.

That yarn is so pretty :)
I don't think the neckband looks so bad? (all my neckbands look like that)
I would add sleeves, though, so it becomes a dropped shoulder sweater :)

Yeeees!!!! I also had the idea to add sleeves. Not sure if I should first try the original design (only sleeve ribbing) and if it does not look nice, then knit the longer sleeves... I notice I am thinking while writing 😂. Ok, so I decided I will knit one sleeve ribbing and decide afterwards if the slipover becomes a whole pullover :-D
And with the neckband... my friend Sylvi (and some people here who may hear to the name @muscara) knits so beautifully even and neat and in comparison my ribbing looked very wobbly and uneven, but you know me, I will not unravel :-DDDDD
(I remember an amazing rowan lace jacket of you and I think it also looked extremly precise and neat)

I remember an amazing rowan lace jacket of you and I think it also looked extremly precise and neat


Hello...Oh! I admire you, even with a headache the result comes out, maybe not under the expected, but it comes out. I don't like to knit with a headache, I don't look good at work and then I have to knit, and I don't like to unknit, so I stop when I have a headache.

You made me laugh, with the question you asked yourself, if you would do it again.

I'm glad you're enthusiastic.

Headaches are a curse... Sorry to hear you also suffer from them. Thankfully I can knit (slowly) without looking, so this is ok for moments when my headaches are not too bad. If its to much I cannot do anything, then I have to go into a dark room and lay down (like today... 😞)

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great work @neumannsalva, i can't do knitting :'

Thank you for your lovely compliment. And with the knitting... not necessary at all as you can sketch and sew so lovely (but if you ever want to learn, I think you will manage very fast)

:) you're welcome...
thank you, glad you enjoy what i made. I think i should learn knitting someday, once i tried when i was a child but i already forgotten it now