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Start over from scratch June 22, 2008

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I was listening to a podcast yesterday (sorry I can’t remember the name!) and she asked what kind of knitter are you.  Well, I guess I am the kind of knitter who has a large tendency to scrap things.

I’ve been diligently working on a sweater from the domiKNITrix book over the past week.  There were a couple of tiny mistakes that were too far down the line for me to bother fixing.  Plus I figured this was my trial sweater, so it wasn’t a big deal, right?  I got to the body shaping part where you do 2 LLI and 2 RRI.  I worked out the numbers on how to evenly decrease 13 stitches and then wrote out the numbers to follow my increases and purl and knit stitches.  Two rounds into last part, I discover that I have completely misread the instructions and everything was off.  When I did my decrease, I wound up only doing 12, but I didn’t worry too much about it since I ended up with the same amount of stitches I was supposed to.  But I misread the numbers and started off with 110 stitches on my needles instead of 106.  With 106 I would be able to get to 128 with 5 more repeats.  Using the 110, I’d get to 126 after 4 and would need to knit 2 extra the last time.  I’m not sure how terrible that woudl look, but I re-evaluated my knitting and to my chagrin, that tiny mistake I made early on did make a big difference.  I began to tear out my knitting and not even upset.  I wanted to fix it.  But as I started ripping it out and rerolling it back on to my skein, I felt overwhelmed by how much I would have to rip out and how much I didn’t want to do that.  So instead I cut the strands and let it go.

My intention was to start again, but I don’t have enough yarn of the same color to attempt another go at it.  Plus I’m on strike from yarn at Wal-Mart, but I think I just may have to sneak over there and buy some.  😦  To make myself feel better, I did buy some beautiful yarn from KnitPicks yesterday.

I know I posted that I was going to knit a purse yesterday.  Nothing has come to fruitation.  Mostly because I get so far into it and feel like it looks terrible and scrap it.  I’ve just been feeling finicky and picky and uninspired by everything I see.  If the library is open today, I should really swing by and see if they have any knitting books.  I keep waiting for the perfectly awesome pattern to appear before my eyes and then I’ll work it into a purse.  Or if the current lime green yarn I have now wasn’t so crappy I’d knit a blanket.

The yarn is another reason I’ve been having trouble sticking to anything.  Most of what I’ve got is this itchy scratchy crappy cheap Red Heart yarn that, in a word, just sucks.  So attempting to create anything beautiful out of it has been trying on my imagination.  Plus since I scrapped the one thing that was semi going right for me, I’m finding it hard to jump back on the horse.