Sunday, July 01, 2007

I Am Going To Scream (Or Maybe Cry)

Ok, so apparently I'm having one of those weeks during which my knitting skills are on the blitz. Earlier this week, after being about 3/4 of the way through Cindy's Rusted Root, I decided to take some measurements of both her and the sweater. Wouldn't you know, RR was knitting up huge in the next size up. Remember how I ripped back a while ago because I thought it was too small? I completely miscalculated both the sweater's and my sister's measurements. How is that possible? So now I'm only about 1/4 of the way through the sweater at this point. I'm beginning to think it will make a good Christmas present.

In order to prevent making mistakes during the lace panel on RR, I took the Montego Bay Scarf to Knit Nite Wednesday. I had also brought along FCS, hoping that maybe someone could help me figure out a better way to keep track of my stitches. Annie was that someone. She spent some time suggesting needles to use for lace, and showing me how to separate the pattern into smaller sections using markers. Thanks Annie!

You would think after all that guidance and teaching from Annie, I would just be flying right through the FCS, right? Wrong. To add to the proof that I have absolutely no knitting skills right now, I just spent 2 1/2 hours trying to knit 4 rows on the FCS. I repeat, trying. I realized that I need to move the markers and add more every so many rows. I thought I had grasped that concept. But the marker placement thing seemed to throw me all off, and somehow I kept ending up with too many stitches. I just ripped the 4 rows out again, and am back to where I started earlier this evening. Thank goodness for lifelines, in both FCS and RR.

After a week like this, you would think I would give up knitting altogether. Not so. Interestingly enough, I instead felt the need to add more projects to my already long Queue. I blame Ravelry for that. (I think I'm already addicted.) I went to The Weaving Department yesterday, since all of their yarns were 30% off this weekend. There, I was finally able to find a Size 6 24 inch Addi Turbo Lace needle, which the FCS has been both on and off today. Of course, in knitting my four rows a million times, I did get a good chance to try this needle out. I really love it - definitely worth buying. Nice and pointy, and not quite as slippery as the Knit Picks Options. The slightest bit of drag makes me feel a little less scared about losing stitches. I also bought two different skeins of Noro Silk Garden for the Child's Rainbow Scarf in Last Minute Knitted Gifts, (I know, like I need to knit another scarf in the middle of the summer,) and a skein of Rowan Cashsoft DK to make Grumperina's Odessa. (I have never bought a skein of Rowan yarn. I am very excited to try it out.) So, are you beginning to see the winter knitting theme here? I wonder why I have such a desire/need to knit winter accessories this summer. Needless to say, I believe in the theory that the cure for WIPs that aren't going very well is to cast on for another project or two. Maybe I'll just put FCS aside for now...

9 comments:

nicole said...

Ooh, cashsoft... nice stuff. I love how even when knitting is difficult, you still want to keep doing it, keep figuring it out. Good luck with the FCS and Rusted Root.

kim4life said...

I know both project will be fine. Maybe a fresh project is the best thing for now. Both of the other project are lace, so a nice change. Good luck.

yarnsnob said...

don't give up, the end result will be rewarding :)

Romi said...

Just take lots of pictures of the misbehaving knitting (that embarasses it) and then put it in time out. Always works for me. :g:

Amanda said...

I second Romi's idea! That might teach the knitting who the boss is.

Anonymous said...

This is super cheezy-with-a-z but do you remember that line in that baseball movie with Gina Davis and Tom Hanks where he’s talking to her about loving the game and he says something like “The hard is what makes it great.”? Lace shawls are hard. But that is why they are one of the most rewarding things possible to knit (in my opinion). Keep at it and it will all be totally worth it in the end...

-SP10
(although you may know who I am by now)

Annie said...

Gah. Sorry you're having so much trouble. It's usually the yarn overs that misbehave for me. Hope you get the mojo back. If not, we can work on it some more together.

Sarah said...

Ugh! Don't you hate that? Sometimes I just have to step.away.from.the.knitting. Knit something mindless and then go back. Always works for me.

: )

Shoes said...

I think annie is becoming our shawl saviour