I’ve found myself struggling for craft time this week, but I did manage to make my daughter a pair of mittens.
She has lost a few pairs this winter (and hadn’t had any at all for a week) but the weather has turned extra chilly again so on Tuesday after we dropped her big brother off at school we had a look in my scrap yarn box. She pretty much dived on this rainbow yarn and the decision was made very quickly. I had already dug out my Tin Can Knits world’s simplest mittens pattern so we had a relaxing day of tv, jigsaws (her) and knitting (me).
They didn’t take too long but the yarn was horrid to knit with. It was an Aldi special buy from three years ago and if it hadn’t been made of acrylic it would probably have been called an art yarn (as in uneven thickness, which made choosing needles hard work-was it chunky? Aran? Who even knows?)
By the end of the day my fingers were sore from using it, but madam had mittens that fitted. Perhaps if I’d used larger needles it might have been easier but I wanted a dense fabric to keep her warm.
She wore them on Wednesday and managed to get them wet before she had even walked to pre school so they spent the day on the radiator. I tried!
Have you ever made a regrettable yarn choice? What did you do? (I binned the rest of this before she could ask for a hat or scarf as it really was so awful to use!)