Thursday, September 06, 2007

Keeping Secrets
I have been keeping this knitting project under my hat and at the rate that I am going, it just might stay there. The Knitting Corner has got an on going "class" using a past project as a kind of get together of knitters who are interested in polishing their skills as serious lace knitters. I thought I was until I got started.

As I have reported here, I am a new chart reader. I am getting the hang of it, but it's slow and tedious. I find myself yelling at anyone or anything that breaks my concentration. I have to have total silence. The funny thing is, there are about nine women who all gather at the round table of ambious kintters every other Friday, and I flat can't knit there. Okay, I said it. I am thinking of knitting this project in the privacy of my own palace. I will have to knit socks or something else there.

Why can't I concentrate? The project isn't really that hard. When I get to end of 99 stitches, I yell and scream when I have 101. Cripe! Now I have to go back and look at what I have just sweat bullets over and try to find those extra stitches. I spend more time doing that than I do the actual knitting of the row itself. I huff and puff and complain the whole time. Four letter words are involved in the privacy of home.

Why am I torturing myself like this? Why? Why does anyone so frustrated keep knitting same row only to pick it out and knit it again? Because I am a knitter and can't take defeat!!! I will do this. Good thing that Sue told us in the beginning that this is a self-paced project. HA! Got that right. It might be months at the rate I am going to get this done, but I WILL FINISH IT!!! Now, let me go and rip out that sweater I started eons ago and really don't like. I know when to say when-okay maybe not.

8 comments:

romelda mckee said...

Oh, sweetie, I do understand. I have shelved the purple lace socks until I can knit better, as the frustration was too much. I'll finish but I will be a lot older when I start again!

vlb5757 said...

Thank goodness someone does. Hubby looks at me like I have lost my mind. I just can't let this defeat me. I am going to try it again later this afternoon and see if I scream at the dogs. If I do that sock will get finished today for sure! I am going to try my hand at the lace sock stuff eventually. You can coach me through it!

kemtee said...

Deep breath… it does all come together eventually.

And if it doesn't, there's plenty of other fun stuff to knit. No sense torturing yourself.

vlb5757 said...

I did the next best thing today. I did one row, found a mistake, ripped it out and then called TKC to ask when Sue would be working so she can take a look at it. After you look at something for half a day, it just looks the same and you can't see the mistake. Fresh eyes will help. Sue to the rescue again!!

Wool Winder said...

Lace is not a good choice for group knitting (even if it is a class). Save yourself a lot of aggravation and work on this project at home. Bring something that requires less brain power to the group meeting. You'll be able to visit and knit at the same time. It will be so much better.

Luni said...

Where are your stitch markers?????
I wouldn't knit any lace, none at all, without stitch markers between each repeat. That way, the most my count is off is say, 9 stitches instead of 8, I notice right away, and I can stop in the middle of a row if I want.
OTOH, I agree with the group knitting. I've never found anything I can knit at knitting group without having to tink back and correct errors every other row.

vlb5757 said...

Luni-the stitch markers keep moving and so I just keep track with a yellow highlighter on the pattern. I have the large sets of knits counted out and that makes it much easier. I have the attention span of a gnat lately with this new teaching job I have so I think that's a huge part of it. I just need some quiet time to knit a few rows to work up my confidence level again. Thankfully, this is not a gift for anyone so time is not important. I am putting pressure on myself because I knit the other scarves and thought I was ready for this.

Kim said...

Hang in there. Like you, I can only do lace when it is quiet and no one is talking to me. You can do it :-)