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6th-Dec-2012 03:11 pm
Knitting: Morticia
So I'm making a shawl for Judah for Chanukah, and I've been making really slow progress on it. Epic slog. It is garter stitch forever, adding 2 stitches per row until you have 271 stitches on the needles, at which point you add a contrasting color and do a chevron pattern.

So I'm knitting, and I'm knitting, and I'm knitting, and I don't even like this yarn but Judah picked it s fine, and this thing is huge and I'm lower on the main color than I'm comfortable being, and how am I not there yet?, and this is ridiculous, and augh.

And I double-check the pattern.

Which clearly tells me to increase four stitches on right-side rows, and two stitches on wrong-side rows.

I stare down this shawl. I see that there is no way to fix this; it is the wrong shape, I don't have the yardage, et cetera.

I give a little whimper, and I slide the needles out, and I unravel. The whole. Damn. Thing.


I was so sure I'd have at least three of the four hand-knitted gifts done in time. Well. I have two - Mom's shawl and Adam's hat.


*eyes ball of yarn* *picks the needles back up* *curses under her breath*
6th-Dec-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
I once had to unravel a swallowtail shawl because I botched the nupps irreparably. WEEKS of knitting, because I was doing the large variation.

I reknit it in a different yarn, and no #%$&! nupps.
7th-Dec-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I hate nupps. I hate nupps hard. I had to take my Swallowtail to the yarn store to get help tinking my horribly failed nupp row. And yes, I continued without any damn nupps.
7th-Dec-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm convinced nupps are a giant prank of some sort
7th-Dec-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Looking up what a nupp is, I discovered this technique using a crochet hook. Seems to take most of the GRAR out of it? Or am I fiber-clueless here?

6th-Dec-2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I know this feeling. I'm sorry. It's when you kick yourself for not really reading the pattern.
7th-Dec-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Yeah. "Oh! That was ABSOLUTELY AND IN EVERY WAY due to me being a dumbass. Right, then."
6th-Dec-2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
I would have set the yarn on fire, taken a picture of it and then wrapped the picture. "Here, honey, I decided to keep my sanity, so here's your shawl."

I salute your bravery at starting it over.
7th-Dec-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
He appreciates the work that goes into it, at least.
6th-Dec-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
BE STRONG! You can do it! Anaheim your expectations, it'll be done when it's ready to be done!
6th-Dec-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Anaheim???? *manage
7th-Dec-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
We have to make Anaheim a thing now.
6th-Dec-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
This may be why I hesitate to do anything beyond hats, neck warmers and scarves. I applaud your tenacity. Good luck.
6th-Dec-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I feel your pain so very much. I salute you with a skein of yarn, brave fiber warrior!

(also, good luck and hang in there!)
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7th-Dec-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
6th-Dec-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
You're doing better than the Yarn Harlot. She keeps knitting when she knows it's wrong in the hopes that it'll magically be fixed.

Good luck!
7th-Dec-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Well, I've done that too. :) I have some shawls that have interesting kludges in the lace pattern that hopefully no non-knitter will ever notice...
6th-Dec-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
D= I feel your pain. But at least that means that it should go faster this time, right?

Also, I love Stephen West's patterns.
7th-Dec-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
It should! And me too; the last thing I knit for myself was Bolting.
6th-Dec-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. I just had to unravel 150 rows of "increase three every row" stockinette because I screwed up the edging.
7th-Dec-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
7th-Dec-2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I'm still at the point of not making it 10 rows before I realized I need to start over again.

I tried to knit at AncientYule, going mostly by feel. The result was ALMOST hilarious.
7th-Dec-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Stories like this convince me that I will be happier if I continue to knit only for myself. Though, Andy has ended up with some knit things that he covets after they are completed (and like, one or two hats).

Speaking of hats -- I know somewhere you linked the pattern for Adam's hat, and I thought I had downloaded/saved the pattern but now I can't find it. Can you link to it again or remind me of the name?
7th-Dec-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Dude Hat! Super-easy.

I am knitting Elayna this, which will be my first non-baby sweater. Trepidation!
8th-Dec-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, there we go! I knew it was male-descriptor hat but I couldn't remember that first word.

That tunic looks suuuuper comfy. I can tell it will look amazing on her, too!
7th-Dec-2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. After screwing up more than a few knitting projects, I switched to crochet and embroidery and am much happier for it. (((HUGS)))
10th-Dec-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Sympathy! from someone who rips out a lot of knit when I've made a mistake.
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