Of course, since I had ordered this yarn from Webs I needed to add enough to the order to get me to the $60 discount mark. I decided I would like my own Gaptastic, so added some Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky in a a neutral brown colour. I loved knitting the first Gaptastic so much, the minute I cast off #1 I cast on for #2. And that's when the love affair went sour.
I love rustic, sheepy yarns. I especially love them for sweaters. They wear well, and I know the sweaters will last me for many years. So I'm not sure what happened when I cast on with this one. I liked the neutral colour. I liked the sheepy smell of the wool. But I hated knitting this pattern with it. It was one of my strangest knitting experiences ever, knitting the same pattern twice in a row and having each time be a completely opposite experience. And that got me to thinking.
If I had knit my first Gaptastic with the Rowan yarn I know I would never have knit another one, nor would I have recommended the pattern to any of my knitting friends. (Which I enthusiastically did, since my first experience was a good one, and they went on to knit their own Gaptastics.) I would have gone through life wondering what was wrong with those 8000+ knitters who had gone before me.
That started me wondering if I had ever done this before - deciding I don't like something for all the wrong reasons. Two things immediately came to mind. Whipped cream and Shirley MacLaine. Since I have already blogged about whipped cream I'll get right to the Shirley MacLaine bit. I have avoided Shirley MacLaine in the same way most people try to avoid infectious disease ever since I saw her in that horrid movie Terms of Endearment. Please note the lack of a link. If you haven't ever been subjected to this movie consider yourself lucky.
So you can imagine how conflicted I was when I heard she was going to be making an appearance in Downton Abbey. I had successfully avoided her for almost three decades, but was now faced with having to watch her once again. Well, it was the Gaptastic experience in reverse. I have to admit I quite liked her the second time around. Enough that if a movie comes out that has her in it I would now consider watching it, which would have been unthinkable before my Downton Abbey experience.
Now I am left wondering how many other potential good things in life I have missed out on. I can say I have given liver a second chance and it remains on my hate list. Ditto with lima beans. But still, I am left with this nagging feeling that I might be missing out on something. Anyway, I did eventually finish Gaptastic #2.
Alexandra liked the one she modelled so much she asked me to order the same yarn so she could knit herself one. The thing about that is she hates knitting the way I always thought I hated whipped cream and Shirley MacLaine. Which makes me think there might be a Gaptastic #3 in my future.