Friday, September 01, 2006

Wonky

Oh.My.Gosh.

There is something so severely wonky about this cable pattern.... I'm not sure I can get over it.


See how it kind of twists on the left hand side, and makes more of an "S" on the right side? This is seriously making me crazy. And, yes.... I'm doing it correctly.

I knew I was uneasy with it when I started. I stared at every picture I could find a finished Prosperous Plum... and this is what I saw... and it slightly bothered me. Ok, more than slightly.... but, Queen of Denial that we know I am... I decided I could live with it because loved the overall look of the tank so much.

I even toyed with changing the pattern, but I'm not that good, and couldn't quite figure out what part bothered me or how to change it.

I'm not sure. Maybe, if I quit trying to look at it as two side-by-side cables, and just one "overall" cable pattern...

The kicker - I've "denialed" myself all the way to a nearly finished object. I'm done with the body and just have to cable the straps. And, yes, the cables on each strap will look slightly different, too.....

I'm not sure I can take it. Or, is it just me? I'm not usually too hung up on "matchy-matchy" and symmetry... and can go with the flow. But, man.... this is some weird and wonky flow.

Hmm...

24 Comments:

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Barb said...

OK, so was the "matchy-matchy" and symmetry thing a shout-out directly to me?

Yes, this is weird. It's just wrong. The yarn and the work are beautiful, but it's making me twitch.

Don't rip it out though; you've come this far. I didn't notice it on the pictures for the pattern, and maybe you won't when you wear it. And if I do, I'll won't say anything.

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger LC in Sunny So Cal said...

Nope, it's reading as "wrong" to me too. I have no advice, other than to only wear it when you have the margarita blender fired up.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger LC in Sunny So Cal said...

Ok, I had to go back and look at the pattern. The cables in back match the "unmatchedness" of the center front cables. I even carefully read the pattern to see if the designer somehow "justifies" it. Nada.

Hmmm. I don't wanna say it's "odd", but...um...it's odd.

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger Noeysmommy said...

It's not just you. That would bother me too. Must have symmetry!

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Sonya said...

Oh, yeah. That would bug me too. I didn't even notice it when I looked at the finished one that inspired you.

 
At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

This may be a bad thing to suggest, but could you unravel the right cable (when facing the sweater, left side when wearing it) then just re-knit it? It looks to me like the small cables (the ones without the holes) should mirror each other and not be the same. I think the Yarn Harlot has instructions on her blog for fixing cables. I probably haven't explained this well. Good luck!

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger Holly said...

Aack-I didn't even notice this in the pattern photo(which I already printed out and have lying next to the yarn)
Thankfully, I have no such prejudices against asymmetry. I embrace it. So should you. I may even like it more now :~)

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger amylovie said...

I think it looks wrong too, and I'm not a stickler for symmetry.

Amy

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger duchessofgravity said...

it looks really wrong to me...if it was paired by anothe set of the same 2 diffferent patterns ii might like it but theres something wrong with that pattern. sorry :( i like the idea of laddering down the offending cable and rekniting just that part...

 
At 4:04 PM, Blogger Lorette said...

Well, you just need to decide if you can live with the asymmetry or not. That would seriously drive me nuts. I like the cable on the left side as you are looking at that piece better than the other one. I would look at dropping down just the cable stitches and then knitting them back up to mirror the opposite side. It will look wonky until you wash it and block it, but then all the uneven bits settle out. It's a bit fidgety, but might be worth it. And you are definitely a good enough knitter to do it.

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

There is something weird about those cables. But, I can't stand things that are all out of whack like that. Oh it would drive my crazy.

 
At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Kristina said...

I say let go of the stitches that make up the cable pattern, ladder down to the first cross and re-knit that one cable. No need to rip it all out.

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

Yeah, it looks wonky to me too...you'll have to look to the others for the advice on how to fix it though because I haven't the foggiest idea how to do something like that. Looks like so far the majority agrees on ripping out the offending cable only and redoing it...but then I'm you already know that because you can read :o)

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger keohinani said...

i read somewhere that it's better to define things in terms of "pain" or "bliss" rather than "right" or "wrong" to better learn from the experience. thus, which is more acceptable to you? the pain garnered from frogging to make it aesthetically appealing, or the bliss associated with finishing the project? would it pain you to finish the project only to discover that the dissonance over the asymmetry of the pattern remains? would the bliss you would experience from seeing the project in its entirety compensate completely for what could be an acute annoyance?

or maybe i'm just full of bull. i read about the whole pain/bliss vs. right/wrong in a salon magazine. the meaning was very esoteric, but i thought if i tried to apply the concept that it would make more sense. ;P

best of luck to you on that dilemma. :)

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Ack, there's something seriously awry on the right side (as I face it in the picture) cable. Yikes... Um, not sure I could let that go...

 
At 7:14 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

Funny, that's exactly what I thought when I saw the pattern (thanks for pointing it out, btw). What needs to happen in my opinion is that the plain cable (w/o the lace) on the right needs to twist in the other direction in order to provide a mirror image. I'd redo if it were me.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger opportunityknits said...

It does look odd, either that or cool, like you're marching to the beat of your own drum kind of thing. But the more important question is whether you like it. If you don't, then, better to frog because you're not going to wear it at the end of the day. Listen to your heart :)

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Hmmm... I'd say that what you do should depend on your gut feeling. If it is driving you crazy, rip it. If it's slightly annoying, but you'd still wear it, then finish 'er up. It'd be heartbreaking to rip out an almost finished piece, but if it's not going to get worn, well then why finish it.

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Charity said...

Oh, sick. It bothers me, too. But you are so very close, maybe try finishing it up, and wearing it? Maybe the cables have some super-design, and are made to be viewed while wearing? :0) I can't wait to hear/see how it all works out.

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger miss88keys said...

Yes, it looks like it's not matching ... but ... what will happen when you block it? Will blocking it possibly make both sides look like they match? If you rip it back, can it be fixed?

If I were in your situation, I would take the same type of yarn, knit the center cabley pattern & block it. If it works itself out in the blocking, then great ... if not .... well ... um ... I'd probably open the liquor cabinet & go from there.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Hi Lynda - I see what you mean and when I look at your picture, I do think "wonky" BUT when I look at pics of the completed tank, it's not so eye-catching. Instead I just see an overall interesting cable design. Obviously, it was designed intentionally with this assymetry and I think the finished item in motion on a person will have a different overall look that a close-up of just the assymetic cable. (And there is a certain symmetry in the overall pattern that you really only see as a whole.)

Bottom line... *you* have to like it. If you can wear it and feel fun and funky... great! However, if you're going to feel weird and "wonky", frog it. Maybe put it away for a few days and think about it.

BTW - I have dropped sections of a project to redo cabling before and I think that to try to redo a section that long might take as long as frogging the whole thing (especially depending on the difficulty of the cable). Note: such an attempt may test your sanity as well.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Marsha said...

It is undoubtedly a "design feature" that the designer meant to happen. It could be that the left cable signifies the plums and the right side prosperity? Have you tried to ask the designer? I'm sure there is a logical explanation. I will go against the grain of most of the comments. I say that 1) if you can live with the asymetry of it - finish it 2) when you are wearing it will it really matter? and 3) if anyone is rude enough to make a comment - make up a story about why it is that way
Or, just let'er riiiiiip. Maybe the third time is the charm for that yarn and you could reknit the pattern only duplicating the "correct" cable on both sides?
Me, I would just finish it and wear it!

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous mom said...

I like it. It's just different than you're used to seeing I guess. Silly girl, If you want to change it somehow.............ask Kaity!

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger Donna Boucher said...

I actually like Marsha's answer.

No one will ever notice it.
Except another knitter...and they will just think you are hip and avant gard :o)

 

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