Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Why Do I Keep Knitting It?

I pulled my Print o' the Wave stole out from the back of my closet. You remember, the one the ZPDK's were doing as a KAL oh, about a year ago? The one that as far as I can remember only Jaxypants and Spinny actually finished? Well mine was well under way. I was finished with the border and was knitting the never-ending-edging. (Ask Spinny and Jax.) I'm actually on the fourth side, when I put it down for a snuggle with the pups. It's cold up here and those dogs produce a lot of heat! I looked down, under my tiny little eight pound pup sitting snuggled up to my leg and just about had a coronary. Underneath the little shit, I saw my stole, all the border stitches on one needle of the circs, and where the 18 edging stitches were supposed to be on the other needle? Nothing. 18 little tiny loops of stitches sitting underneath a raspy dog paw. I moved him as gently as I could (not worried about him, worried about the stitches) but it was no use. Those suckers were dropping faster than anything I've ever seen in my life. I picked up what I thought might have been the 18 stitches, but turned out not to be. I dropped a few and found a few more, knitted the next nine rows of edging and what resulted is something I'm glad I don't have a camera to take a picture of.

Now I'm torn. I put a lot of work into this thing. I absolutely refuse to frog it. Refuse. Won't be happening. But now I wonder, should I shove it back in the closet for another year, since looking at it makes me want to cry? Or should I suck it up and finish and go back and try to make the crappy dropped stitch part look acceptable? Let me add, there are already many, many mistakes in this thing, but mistakes that a non knitter might not notice. This is not one of those mistakes.

What's a knitter to do? Anyone?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


It's been a month since I posted? Woah. That's bad. I think it's mostly because I have no camera, but blogs aren't just about pictures. It's about the words man. The words!

Words are awesome. Words in English are especially awesome. Thinking about writing 30 pages worth of words in French is boggling my mind. Thinking about reading all the words in French that will enable me to spit out 30 pages en francais is even more mind boggling. I'm into avoidance at this point and that means staying away from the computer, where most of my communication with Kalamazoo happens. I must push forward . . . .

Knitting? I'm stuck here. I'm suffering from a major bout of SSS. I've got two complicated socks half done and I just want to knit stockinette. It's all the television that is on. What with House, Heroes, America's Next Top Model, Survivor, Grey's Anatomy, The Office, Project Runway, Flash Forward, and The Amazing Race I just can't look away from the tv to make sure I'm following a pattern!

Right now I'm working on a turban for my mil. The dreaded "C" word has struck my family again. She will be undergoing chemo and I thought she needed something snazzy yet comfortable to keep her head warm this winter. I plan on co-opting my daughter's camera (she lost the cable that connects it to the computer, so I figure if I buy one she'll have to let me use it) and posting pics soon of my knits, although as you may have deduced, the knits might be a little on the boring side in picture form.

Gotta jet, Heroes is waiting for me on the dvr!