So Far So Good

I decided yesterday afternoon that I needed a schedule.  If I am going to finish everything I need to at a decent time, I need to balance my commitments and my knitting time.  I am a “master” at scheduling.  I can schedule just about anything.  I am also a very visual person so spreadsheets, calendars, and color coding are my friends.

My problem lies in following the schedule.  It is all well and good to have an awesome schedule, but if you don’t follow it, there is no reason to even have the schedule.  This time I am going to do everything I can to actually follow my new schedule.  Currently, it is a very simple schedule.  Just an academic calendar that I received for free at the office with all of my commitments laid out and short To Do lists for every month.  I actually started following it last night, just as I was supposed to.  And I have checked off all of my To Do items for this month.  Which is very good since there are only a couple of days left.  I am very happy that I didn’t fall of the wagon the first day.  Now lets see if I can keep it up.

The Bug On The Windshield

This is definitely one of those times where, no matter what I do, I cannot seem to get past this ring on my shawl.  I’ve had to tink back, rip back, count and recount, so many times, it’s not even funny.  This whole section has just smacked into me with the force of a Mac truck and I’m just a gooey splat on the windshield.  It will definitely not be ready when I want it to be, so it’s going into Time Out…again.  Bad shawl, no cookie for you.  (While logically, I know this is not the shawl’s fault, this just gives me something else to blame, rather than my own incompetence.)

So…on to something new.  For the next little bit, I’m going to be focusing on Christmas knitting.  If you’re a good little knitter, you’ve been working on this for some time now.  If you are not, it’s time to step it up and get on that wagon before you’re blocking things at midnight on Christmas Eve, hoping it is dry enough to at least get it in the box and wrapped for the few minutes it takes the recipient to pick it up and open it.  Been there, done that, it’s not pretty.  Trust me.

Since this is going to be a time of Christmas knitting, it might get a little quiet again since it’s really hard to talk about stuff that is supposed to be a surprise.  Otherwise, it’s not a surprise.  Though it can also be difficult to knit things for the people you live with.  That can be a bit interesting if you don’t want them to know what it is or ask questions.  

 

Good luck and God speed with this year’s Christmas knitting.

(One of these days, I’m going to be finished in October.  Maybe.  Probably not.)

The Light Bulb

There have been plenty of moments for me over the last few years as I teach myself to knit, that I will just stare at a pattern uncomprehending. “What on earth does that mean?!” Then after thinking about it different ways, trying to knit what it says, suddenly the light bulb goes on over my head. “That’s what they were trying to tell me!”

Such is not the case with a pattern that I am test knitting for the border of my shawl. It is from an old pattern that has been rewritten and I am not quite following it. I start to have an “ah ha” moment, but then that doesn’t turn out to be quite right. I have trouble just making it through the 3rd or 4th line.

And this is the perfect example of why you might want to test knit a pattern before you try to incorporate it into your work. You may have issues just understanding what the pattern is telling you.

And I Ain’t Talking About The River In Egypt

That’s right, folks, I’m talking about denial.

Denial: /diˈnīəl/ noun failure to acknowledge an unacceptable truth or emotion or to admit it into consciousness, used as a defense mechanism.

We all have our moments, some small, some large, where we deny things to ourselves and others.

As I mentioned last time, I had taken a little break from my shawl.  I was getting back into it recently, in fact I even knit a good 20+ rounds in just a couple of days.  But there was a problem lurking in the shadows.  I knew something wasn’t quite right.  I could tell just by looking at the section that it didn’t look like it should.  I told myself, it’s because it’s in the round, and it’s bunched on the needles, it will look right once it’s off the needles.  I looked at pictures of the pattern, looked at my work, it still didn’t look right even as I continued to knit along, endlessly working those 576 stitch rounds, until last night.  I looked again after 49 rows.

shawl mistake

That is not feather and fan.  And I, my dears, was in serious denial.  So last night, I ripped back the 49 rows of 576 stitches and began again.  C’est la vie.

Slow Going

There really isn’t much to report.  I haven’t been knitting as much as I should, plus I’m at the point where it takes a seriously long time to complete one round.  You know how that goes, you knit, and knit, and knit, and you think, “I must be near the end of this round.”  Then you look and you still have half of the freaking round left!  And while I love this shawl, and I’m very excited about the fact that I put this design together myself, I’m starting to not like it very much.  But I shall persevere.

Have you ever had one of those projects?

Easter

I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.  Ours was nice and relaxing.  It was just Mum and myself, so ours was also a quiet one.  In fact, I spent a good chunk of my weekend working on my shawl.   We also had some very lovely weather over the weekend and we were able to spend some of our Easter this year like this:

Easter 2014

Enjoying mimosas on the back patio while knitting/reading.  It was really quite lovely.

 

And I was able to finally get back to where I was when I decided to frog it the first time and move up from size 4 needles to size 7s.  A pretty productive weekend, overall.

Much Better

While work is progressing somewhat slowly, I do believe that the upgrade from the US4 needles to the US7 needles has definitely been an improvement.

shawl beg

This was the first time I have ever worked with metal DPNs and I have to say it was an experience.  They slid around a bit more than my bamboo and they are definitely on the heavier side.  Not sure if I like them yet, though.

shawl

Part of the reason things have been moving a bit slowly is because, even though the pattern is relatively simple, I guess I haven’t been paying as much attention as I should and I’ve had to tink back a row here and there.  Very annoying, but that is what I get for not paying attention.  As you can see, the shawl is nowhere near as dense as it was with the 4s and the pattern is much more open.  I definitely like it much better this time around.  As for the continental knitting, I’ve found that I do tend to knit more tightly with that style right now.  It may just be because I’m not sure yet how to regulate the tension properly.  We’ll see how that progresses.