Friday, August 15, 2008

Step away from the yarn, and keep your needles where I can see them...

Really, knitting is not supposed to be frustrating, right? I don't know what it is with me and these lace patterns that I drool over, try, then get so angry I want to poke at my eyes with the knitting needles.
Not a good feeling.
I was so determined to do this sweater, ripping back, oh, maybe a zillion times, almost in tears. The gull lace pattern is very, very simple. The problem is I am just not experienced enough to tell where I have made a mistake, and I make lots, and lots of them. I kept ripping back a whole row, starting over, only to find out the mistake was in the row above.

So, no Lady sweater for me. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing and soothing, not something that makes me want to throw myself on the floor every time I make a mistake.
I love this yarn, so I will keep knitting, using the same shape as the Lady sweater, with no lace.
Oh well.

P.S. Is anyone loving the Olympics as much as I am? I have not enjoyed it so much since 1984. My sister and I would watch Mary Lou Retton every night in our room. We had a little black and white T.V. and my mom would let us eat goldfish crackers....in bed. Oh, those were the days!
Maybe it is so enjoying because Mr. Phelps is so darn cute when he gets all wound up....maybe.

14 comments:

sewstylish said...

I to have been glued to the tv. Phelps is cute as well as some of the other U.S. swimmers. Last nights coverage was great and the gymnastics was thrilling to watch. Hubby and I finally crawled in bed at 1:30am and figured we were the only one's on our street still awake. I have been working on a shawl every night so I don't really have to concentrate on what I'm knitting but still have something to do while watching all of our wonderful athletes.

Hilary said...

Like I said before, a non-lace Lady Sweater will be fabulous! I can't wait to see how it all turns out. You're right -- knitting is supposed to be FUN!

I am so hooked on this Olympics. I've been staying up way too late to watch the gymnastics and swimming -- boy are there some hottie swimmers this year! It's not just the Olympic coverage, either. I am in love with the Olympic-themed commercials, especially those narrated by Morgan Freeman. They make me all teary-eyed. :) (So lame, I know).

QuiltedSimple said...

I think this will be a great sweater - even without the lace!! Love the color too. I haven't really watched the Olympics - maybe I just have too much to do???
Kris

Heather said...

I am completely addicted to the Olympics!! It's been impossible to go to bed early because it is begging to be watched!

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Oh, how frustrating!! I'm only now getting up the nerve to try cables. I can't imagine lace. At least, not yet! Good luck. Maybe you just need a breather and then you can try again in a few months.

I haven't been watching the Olympics at all, but I've heard they're great this year. Hopefully I catch a night or two before they're over.

tiennie said...

This is going to be wonderful on you - even without the lace. Beautiful!

And Mr. Phelps - wow!

Marcia said...

Your sweater would look fine without lace. If you want to give it a few days and try again though, here are a few tips. Place a small marker after each repeat in the row. On the next row, when you get to that section and it doesn't all work out you find your mistake sooner....Or, you can put in a "lifeline". Take a big eyed needle and a different color of yarn. Run it through your stitches that are on the needle. If you have to rip out, you only go as far back as your "lifeline", and you keep moving the lifeline every inch or so...depends on how "brave" you feel. Lace is not what I call "mindless knitting" and most times life is too busy for anything but mindless knitting.

Blaynexox said...

I love the sweater anyways! I think it will be great :)

Elise said...

Oh, I love the sweater its supposed to be. Makes me wish I could knit. Oh, well, I will just drool over yours...
Elise

lucky knitter said...

I've started the FLS too, and had to rip back several times also. It is a little confusing. You should not give up on the lace patterns yet though. Michael Phelps is just too much of a distraction for lace knitting! ;)

Mauri said...

I've been checking in to your blog for a while now & am enjoying your beautiful projects. When you started the February sweater I found it and bookmarked it, too, for my next project. After hearing your experience, I may have to rethink my upcoming attempt :) I bet I'd be in the same boat as you.
And, yes, I hear ya on the olympics- my same memories come from Mary Lou Retton... I don't think it's been as good as it was then until now!
Thanks for sharing your blog with me.

a friend to knit with said...

loving the olympics. i too can't seem to turn the tv off!!!!

your sweater will be perfect without the lace detail! i actually love that idea!!!

Sandy said...

It already looks great without the lace. I'm sure you cna make it work, however you choose.

Java Mama said...

It is strange how a hobby (like knitting) can become so frustrating at times. I have found myself in that predicament as well. It sounds like you are having a great summer. Keep enjoying it all and keep knitting as I am sure you will.