Do you remember my post about UFO August? Just in case you don’t want to look at the link, this was my plan to finish up some of my projects. I had really good plans to finish a couple of pairs of socks, two or three shawls – I was going to clean out the knitting basket and get some of these old projects done. I had four shawls going, three pairs of socks and a cardi. Yeah, that was the plan. And here it is, August 13 – and my knitting basket only has three pairs of socks socks, and two shawls. Good, right? Not so much.
It started before I went on vacation – I decided to do a little house cleaning in the basket (the basket ends up with odd things in it so cleaning it out is always a good idea). I threw out yarn bands, put away needles and ring markers – and frogged Acer. I love the sweater, love the yarn, but I wanted to start it over – I had only done a little bit and knew I couldn’t just pick it up again. It felt pretty good to clear that out – so then I decided to look at the Swing Shawl – I didn’t like how it had knitted up – there was a ladder in the middle of each little shell, and it was driving me crazy. So I frogged that too. I want to do both patterns – but want to do them better. That’s a good kind of frogging, right? (Well, except for the fact that I saw the Swing Shawl at a yarn store on vacation – and it had those ladders too – but I’m going to ignore that and try again!)
As I mentioned before, I am trying to find more of the yarn to finish the Van Dyke socks – so its not frogged, but its definitely hybernating.
But tonight, I frogged something that I didn’t plan, and something that sort of hurt to rip out.
I haven’t knit Ulmus in a while – I took it on vacation, but didn’t touch it once. So last night I picked it up for the first time in weeks – and as I knit, I realized that I’ve been knitting it wrong. If you look on Ravelry at other Ulmus’, you will notice that mine doesn’t look all the garter stichy – it looks like stockinette. Ulmus is a garter stitch shawl. I kept on looking at the pattern, looking at other people’s shawls – and I even emailed Rachel (who has made two beautiful Ulmus shawls!). I just couldn’t accept what the pattern was telling me – where the chart clearly said to knit, I purled.
I don’t know why I did this – I can read a chart, and have knit a bunch of shawls. But for some reason, I just saw the purl symbol, read the key that said that on the wrong side to knit the stitch – and translated that to purl. So I’ve been purling all the wrongs sides, and all the nice garter stitch of the shawl was just missing. I suppose I could have just kept going, but I was just unhappy with how it was now that I knew it was wrong. I’m planning on restarting this – but I’m going to finish Nefertitti and the Wool Peddlar’s shawl first.
I’m really unhappy with my knitting lately – I think I’ve not been focused enough, and I’m just making too many mistakes, being too half-assed about it. I think part of the problem is that I just don’t spend a lot of time on it – a little time on the train, but nights have been Facebook, Ravelry and all that. Maybe I’m just out of practice. Or maybe I’m an idiot. Either way, I am planning on taking a little more time, focusing a little more and trying to get back into knitting well.
I am doing something well, though…
These are from my deck containers – Larry does the big garden, but I planted some leftover plants in my deck containers, and now I have some lettuce, little tomatoes and even peppers!
I think the first week back from vacation is always the worst – and this week has been no exception to that. Its been really busy, and long, and I’m ready for another vacation. I am starting to plan a little trip for Larry and I this December to celebrate our anniversary – we were originally thinking Montreal, but Montreal in December just seems like a bad idea (average temp is 14-29 degrees Farenheit!). So we’ll see – maybe we’ll go earlier, or maybe I’ll find somewhere warmer. I do know that thinking about it is helping me get through this very long week!
Ravelry destash tempted me this week, so I’ll have some yarn to show you next time! Have a great Friday!