In A Winter Project post, I wrote about the Spice Of Life Crochet Along that I was taking part in and showed how far I'd got at that point. Unfortunately, since then, I noticed that my tension was completely out. This is how it looked. Sorry about the poor light but this was taken at night just before I decided to pull the whole lot out. You can see how it's curving, it's because my work was getting tighter as I went along.
I only got as far as pulling out a few rows. I'd been trying to be good by sewing in all the ends as I went along so I didn't have them all to do once I'd finished and of course, this made pulling it back near on impossible. I decided to abandon the idea at that point. This photo illustrates how different my tension was in the later rows than the earlier ones.
There was nothing for it but to start all over again.
I've never had any problems with my tension in the past, I can only assume that the problem this time has occurred because there's so many different stitches included in this pattern. Anyway, so far so good. This is how it's looking at the moment. It doesn't look very straight here but that's just how I've laid it out.
This time I'm leaving the ends just in case I have to pull it back again, I've learnt my lesson where ends are concerned. It might be a huge job at the end but at least I know it will be easy enough to pull the work back if I have to.
I have to say that I was really enjoying this project when I started it, now I'm on tenterhooks fretting about my tension all the time and it's taken some of the pleasure out of it for me. I lay out the work after every row just to check that it's not pulling and it's quite tiresome. I'll actually be glad when I've got it finished. I know that the first attempt will have to be pulled back at some point otherwise I'll run out of yarn. I'll just have to struggle on and do the best I can with those ends which have been sewn in.
There's one good thing, I know when I sew in ends they're not likely to work themselves loose, they're stuck good and proper.
I'm joining in with Jennifer's Winter Project Link Party over on her Thistlebear blog. Do pop over and take a look what it's all about, and how about joining in with the fun? I'm sure many of you have projects on the go for winter.