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05-06-2005, 07:16 PM
Well, last night I finally threw in the towel. I've been working (using the term loosely) on an afghan in what I thought was a fairly simple pattern. 7 rows repeated all the way through to create a repeated pyramid design. There are psso and k2tog on the rows to give the pattern an open look between the pyramids/triangles. I really didn't think it was any big deal. Knit in pattern on RS; Purl the wrong. Simple, huh!
The only problem is I couldn't keep those pattern rows straight. Knitted one less or more stitch someplace and have to rip back to the mistake, couldn't figure out how to correct around the psso's. I started this thing maybe 6 times and never got beyond the third set of the pattern rows. I even printed up each line individually so I could keep track of it. Total failure; must be attention deficit.
Anyhoo---I'd like to think I'm not the only idiot out here. Tell me your worse nightmare attempts. Just so I don't feel bad about being a quitter. (My mother would have never forgiven me and is probably rolling in her grave. She liked to brag that she was a perfectionist; a trait she didn't pass on to me. I like to get it done. )
BTW, I am totally amazed at y'all out there knitting and ....sleeping, computing, reading... This pattern proved I can't knit and chew gum at the same time.
Maybe I'll just do one big seed stitch afghan. That I know I can handle.
-The Mod Squad :thumbsup:
05-06-2005, 09:48 PM
I really and truly look at every knitting situation as a learning experience.
I wanted to make baby booties for 2 friends having babies. Found a fairly intricate pattern. Got going on them...first set CO 88 stitches...HUH?? well it reduced down to the normal 44...sooo ok...going along fine..but I didnt' like the way it was turning out...so I looked at the pattern AGAIN, adn I was using the wrong size needles. I frogged those booties like 3 times, and there was NO WAY I was going to CO 88 stitches AGAIN. So I got going on an "easier" CO pattern. This time was a "chevron lace" pattern....over like 3 stitches. I couldn't get it right at ALL.....it was also a picot edge..so I am learning a new technique. I understood all the directions, so that wasn't it. We are now 3 days before the shower...and I finally get going the right way...and I goofed AGAIN...NO WAY these booties are going to get made before the shower which is now the next day.
So...the 3 things I put on my blog is that...
Never try to learn a new technique when there is a deadline, no matter how far the deadline is away..SOMETHING will mess it up.
Try to get a stash of completed projects going so that this won't happen again.
And the most important thing...NOTHING is EVER EVER a mistake if we learn from it!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SURE that someone else has said that along the way...but I know I thought of it myself!!! lol.
My mother is a perfectionist too. But we are not our mothers. We are ourselves. :) And it wasn't a failure. You might discover at some point that you will be able to concentrate and enjoy that intricate work later. I don't cross stitch. I can't count past 3. It was stressful. And I like to think of crafting as fun.
I have frogged many many projects..but just chalk it up to the learning experience. Make something you CAN make, and show us a picture.
Oh, and I also heard if you can repeat the mistake...it really isn't a mistake, you just created something new!!!
I do have ADD, and a perfectionist mother....so I get it. :)
05-06-2005, 10:09 PM
Nothing too bad so far, but the Honeymoon Cami I just made is too big and I'm slightly peeved at the pattern and myself. I measured myself and my gauge carefully. I am in between sizes and since my yarn is part cotton, I was afraid it might shrink too small, so I made the larger of the two sizes. :doh: I should have made the smaller size, though my cami did shrink shorter, it would have fit better. Now I'm trying to figure out how to fix it. I do NOT want to frog - this yarn is too snaggy. So I'm contemplating different ways of machine sewing (securing) the edges and cutting (!).
05-07-2005, 12:41 AM
I seem to yap more than I knit, so not many experiences yet. This (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=795&highlight=sob) is my worst.
05-07-2005, 07:41 AM
I had problems with the first sweater I knit. Each piece looked perfect. When I joined the pieces it looked proportional, but the armholes were toooo small. :doh: All that work and no way to fix it. It took a while before I knit another sweater.
05-07-2005, 09:50 AM
Well ... mine is kind of disgusting ... :oops:
I made the solid colored sweater (http://www.purplekittyyarns.com/ProductImages/mfgs/leisurearts/la3023-1.jpg) in The Quick Book of Knit Sweaters (http://www.purplekittyyarns.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=214). Well ... um ... somehow, my cat got ahold of it while it was drying from blocking. For some a$$inine reason, Mr. Feline thought my sweater was his potty pot!!!! :evil: :evil:
I tried to handwash the stench out, but that didn't work. (If you're wondering what "the stench" is, you've probably not owned any cats :rofling: ) Anyhoo ... I took it to the laundromat and machine washed/dried it. That took the stench out, but also stretched it out of proportion!!! :wall: I did a little more blocking and got it back into shape, but it was then still too big for me... :verysad: