i didn't realize that the layers in my hair would cause me to lose about eight inches during the knotting and therefore the three that we did were just big, stupid-looking puffballs. it was either the layers, or I just don't have thick enough hair. Or, possibly, the friend doing it could have done something differently.
i'm devastated! the only thing i can think of is to grow it out as much as I can and try again.
*tear* i started looking at beads and everything.