As I plan new projects, I am thinking about older ones — projects that didn’t go as planned or projects that I used to like but no longer do.  Today I pulled out a few past knits and debated about whether it’s time to let them go — off to Goodwill.  Here they are — what do you think?

Fresco Fair Isle Mitts from Interweave Fall 2008

Fresco Fair Isle Mitts from Interweave Fall 2008

Those turned out kinda goofy.  See how on the right-hand mitt, the edge rolls down?  They’re loose like that, rather than tightly fitting the hand.  And when I knit them, I was worried about running out of the brown, which is why I used different colors on the second mitt.  Goofy.

A Cardigan for Arwen, Interweave Winter 2006

A Cardigan for Arwen, Interweave Winter 2006

I call this my own “kindergarten sweater” because I knit it furiously while going through the horrific San Francisco kindergarten application process.  Someone I know called it “binding anxiety” and that’s what I did with that sweater.  The cables continue even on the wrong side — it took a lot of concentration, which is definitely what I needed at the time.  But the fit isn’t quite right — it hikes up significantly in the back and the inside seam of the hood shows when you wear it hanging down on your back.  This knit has a lot of memories attached to it but it’s really not a great-looking sweater.  (For the record, we ended up barely getting into our first-choice kindergarten, something I am thankful for every single day!)

Nakiska headband, Knitty Winter 2003

Nakiska headband, Knitty Winter 2003

There’s nothing wrong with this project other than the fact that I don’t really wear headbands.  I made it as my first cable project.

"Amazing Race" hat -- my own design

"Amazing Race" hat -- my own design

There’s nothing wrong with this either.  I designed it myself, trying to copy some crocheted hats I saw on “the blondes” on the Amazing Race All-Stars.  I’ve worn this hat a few times but the last time I wore it — early one morning while walking my dog to Peet’s Coffee — the woman who serves me coffee every day said, “Now your hat’s kinda silly, isn’t it?”  I know I shouldn’t let that comment dissuade me from wearing one of my own handknit designs, but it did.  I don’t know if I can wear it again.

Sesame, Magknits August 2005

Sesame, Magknits August 2005

For a time, I liked this sweater.  It was the first garment I knit without absolutely horrendous seaming — the seaming was so-so, which for me was a big improvement.  But I’ve since made many more sweaters and have learned to pick patterns that are more flattering — i.e., fitted at the narrowest part of my waist (ala “What Not To Wear“).  This sweater is sort of boxy and shapeless so I am not inclined to pull it out when I’m picking something to wear.

So what do you think?  (Oh, and although I know I could unravel these projects and re-use the yarn, I’m just not inclined to do that.  I’m just “done” with them.)  What would you do?

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