Monday, February 6, 2012

Tension Problems...

Do you ever have days where you just don't seem to be able to get it right?

Or maybe even weeks?

Frustrating isn't it?

Especially when we're talking about activities that you could usually do in your sleep - but for some reason, you just can't get your act together, no matter how many times you try.

For me, it's the HUMBLE GRANNY SQUARE.

Now I've made The Granny MANY times before, but this past week my efforts have been pathetic. I just can't get my tension right.

I'm supposed to be working on this knee rug for the Nursing Home, but it's doing my head in!

For some reason my tension is all over the place, and the 'squares' aren't sitting at all nicely...

Here's my first effort - I was really unhappy with the way that the greys were so loose compared with the rest of the work


Now the greys were slightly thicker yarns than the navy, so I thought that was the reason for the problems... but then I started a new square, ugh!


This next effort seems to get looser and looser with every round... regardless of which yarns I use!


A little bit of irregularity can be blocked out quite easily - but this is beyond help. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow...



the little knitter who could said...

Hahaha, Oh dear!! I just posted about tension problems also. It's an ongoing issue for yarn-workers!

Good luck sorting it out. I like the colours you are using by the way :)

Anonymous said...

Well, at least the colors look great right? :) I have tension problems sometimes too, and always on projects which I have done before, like granny squares!
So don't worry, this is totally natural for any crafter ;)

Val E. Wales, UK said...

I've noticed that sometimes recycled yarn does not have a consistent 'stretch factor', in fact I have had to cut sections out which have, for some reason, lost their stretch. This would affect tension I think.

Lilia said...

I had this same problem with a granny square blanket... I [gasp] left it and use it. But I'd probably not give it as a gift. Slight tension issues I've managed to hide away by blocking a bit.