It was almost three years ago when I started the Fairfield sweater.
I knit the back to the armholes, then started the sleeves, knitting them both at the same time in an effort to ensure that they would be the same.
When I got to the sleeve armholes, I discovered that, while the sleeves were identical, they identically were both missing a number of increases along the way — ten, to be exact. The sleeves would not fit into the armholes properly, and they would be too tight around my upper arms.
The sweater went into time out while I pondered what to do. The obvious fix would have been to frog the sleeves back to the beginning of the increases and try again. But doing that required a fair amount of courage and perseverance that I couldn’t quite muster at that moment. So Fairfield sat in time out.
While it languished in its basket, almost but not quite out of sight, I began to reconsider the color. While I wanted a red sweater, this yarn was really, really red. It occurred to me that I would look like a fire truck — a really big firetruck — when I wore it. And my enthusiasm for the sweater began to fade.
The sweater sat some more.
Eventually I came up with a potential solution: overdye the yarn a darker color of red. (Duh.) I have had some success with overdying; it is not difficult, and I would start with a half-strength dye bath. I don’t want to end up with a dark, dark red sweater.
I think I can manage to make that yarn a better color, don’t you?
And so off to the frog pond I went. It will be a while — probably a long while — before I actually dye the yarn and reknit the sweater, but I feel good about it now.
Note: if you are wondering why I didn’t just frog to the beginning of the increases, finish knitting the sweater, and dye it then, there is a reason. It is difficult to get the dye to take evenly across a garment. But if the yarn has a few lighter and a few darker spots, that is okay. It’s called tonal, and I’m fine with that.
Note 2: I found a better method for marking my increases in the sleeves than using a row counter. So that little problem is also solved.