Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A cartoon

Ok, I swear I am the star of a new cartoon. Or I might be the knitting coyote, and the roadrunner is kicking my butt over and over again. I feel like the anvil is falling on my head, for the eleventy-billioneth time. Yeah, that is how my knitting was going for a few days. Ugh.

First, I found a mistake in an old project. I started these socks like ages ago. I finished the first sock, but it didn't fit anyone here. So I put it aside to see if it fit my mom (elf feet, except no curly toes), and if it did, I would knit her the other sock. Well, it fit. So....I started the 2nd sock (after hunting for the stitch pattern for over an hour. I really need to keep a journal! DUH!). Everything was going fine until I picked up the gusset stitches. My stripes in the yarn were not matching with the first sock, and they had been until the gusset. So I compare the two socks. OH MY GOSH!!! I never turned the heel on the first one. I just picked up the gusset stitches right after knitting the heel flap. AND I KNIT THE WHOLE SOCK WITHOUT NOTICING IT! What a loser! So now, I have to rip the entire foot out of the first sock and reknit it WITH A HEEL TURN! Crap, I just found a mistake in the second sock too. I am ripping these, I give up. The anvil has landed on this one for the last time.

Enter second knitting problem. I picked up the Swallowtail shawl the other night. I have not worked on this in ages. I really have to be in the mood, and be able to concentrate, without distraction, to work on lace. Also, I am not accustomed to working with THREAD. Yikes that laceweight yarn is fine! Well anyway, I was knitting along (about 45 min worth), and things were going fine. I go to knit the next row and the stitch count was off at the end of the row. So I think, well I can tink this and fix it. Well, WHAT WAS I THINKING?! After tinking for about 45 min, I decide to rip back to my last lifeline. In other words, absolutely no progress after almost 2 hours of work. Sigh. I could have cried (if I hadn't been so mad!).

Yeah, today might be better right? My dad is having surgery, so I will definitely have some knitting time at the hospital. I am actually making some good progress on the Lopi sweater.

I have the back finished and one front almost done. Yay! Things are looking up. I just got a shipment from the Acme Knitting Company (maybe I can get rid of that roadrunner hehe). Just kidding. By the way, I always hated that cartoon. I did not think it was funny. I felt sorry for the coyote and that smug little roadrunner just needed a good slap (or a good jab with really sharp knitting needles).

(Please forgive the blatant overuse of capitals. A frustrated girl needs her capitals.)


Anonymous said...

I've done the same thing with socks a few times; although, I usually catch it before I've gone too far.

My dad used to get up every Saturday morning to watch that cartoon; he loved it :)

I hope all goes well with your Dad's surgery.

Robbyn said...

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger kiddo, I've done that too :) In fact, that's what taught me that I can't watch Supernatural and knit socks at the same time!

Still, it was kind of embarassing :)

Opal said...

I've done the same thing with socks. You Are Not Alone! (How's that for capitals?)

I hope your Dad's surgery goes well. You'll both be in my thoughts.

Christine said...

I've had knitting days like that too......... ouch.

It could be worse, just remember that. I told my computer I was going to use it for a door stop when it crashed. It took 2 days to get it to behave again, and I haven't even gotten halfway through all I need to do. Sigh.

I'll be keeping you guys in my thoughts {{{big hug}}}

knitten kitten said...

I feel the exact same sometimes except with me I'm at least 1/3 a ways into a project before I realize something about it is not going to work and I have to rip it good.
I hope your dad's surgery goes well. You and your family are in my thoughts.