Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Knit 10 Rows, Frog 20

I feel a little like Sisyphus today.

Ever have those days when that little voice tells you - "Don't knit lace today. Pick up something easy." Today was one of those times when I did not listen to the voice and continued knitting a lace scarf when I know there's no way in hell I'll figure out where I messed up (a missing yarn over perhaps?!)

I made so much progress on the ISE scarf on the way to Chapel Hill yesterday. I was delighted. I felt confident and bragged about how great a knitter I am because I could easily carry on a conversation for 8 hours in the car while knitting a lacey scarf. I believed I had moved to new knitting heights.

Ha! The knitted object has spoken and reminded me that I was being too confident about how easy lace is! (Didn't the Yarn Harlot write something about being overly confident about your knitting in At Knit's End ?).

Tonight was terribly sad. I ripped back all the work that I completed yesterday. Thank dog I put a lifeline in when I got into the car yesterday morning to go to Chapel Hill!

Ack! It's just a little bit of wasted time right? I think I'm learning that I don't work well under pressure. The deadline for this scarf feels like it's looming out there and I feel some strange need to make the scarf perfect since it's being knitted for a knitter. I have to get out of this mindset or I'll never finish!

Alas. Tomorrow is another day!

Off to read Stiff, a really gorey but hilarious book that will most likely help me forget my knitting woes.


Renee said...

Ah, I know how you feel! I made one stupid mistake knitting in the car once (on the way to Chapel Hill, too!), and after two hours of ripping & re-doing said "Well, I'm back to where I was before I messed up." Ugh!

But your ISE scarf pattern is so cool! I may have to make some Christmas gifts with that pattern...

Kristy said...

It is just heartwrenching, isn't it? All that time knitting and nothing to show for it. I remember a time, though, when I was a new knitter, when I didn't know the right way to unknit so if I messed something up, I would just rip out the whole thing and start over.

I will have to keep checking back because I can't wait to see your scarf progress. I thought long and hard about using this pattern for my ISE scarf but ultimately didn't.

P.S. The Eyelet Scarf is dreamy.