Letting Go

We all have at least one. I know that I do. It haunts my dreams and lurks in the back of my mind. I tell myself that I will take care of it, but I mostly operate in denial. It holds me back from my full potential and takes up valuable resources. It is time to deal with it. What is this insidious evil lurking in the background of my life? What dark secret am I hiding?

Celandine is it’s name, but yours may go by a different one. A love affair gone wrong, the flames have fizzled, the vision has blurred. I know now that I will never complete this knitting project. It has sat in it’s unfinished state, forgotten and gathering dust, for far too long.

It really is a shame, too, because I had such high hopes for this knit. The silk yarn is amazing (not to mention expensive), the pattern is intriguing, and the color is perfect. I once had visions of wearing this cute little top with my red and white flower print skirt. It was going to be beautiful.

But, reality has to surface eventually, and according to my Ravelry page on this project, I have not touched it in two years (wow! Two years? I started this before I got pregnant with The Fraggle? That is a lifetime ago)! So it is time to let go.

Now comes the tricky part. Frogging. Not my favorite thing to do, but even more so with all these little lace squares. And my heart breaks when I think of all the work that went in to each one. I bought 0000 needles to make them with! But then….

Lightbulb!

Headbands.

Cute, right?

So, I am letting go, but with reservations. And I will wear Celandine in my hair, instead.

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Liar! Liar! Gauge Swatch On Fire!

It isn’t often that I work a gauge swatch but I have been known to do so when it really counts. This was one of those times.

It is going to be Dreamcoat, a one-size-fits-all technicolor coat, knit with two strands of fingering weight held together. There are many colorways included in the kit and the yarn is randomly changed as you go, making a multi-color, one of a kind garment.

The pattern called for size 11 needles, but my swatch said otherwise.

The swatch lied. 

I was almost finished with the front, left piece when the thought pinged in my brain. This looks kinda small, doesn’t it?

Kinda small?!? Kinda small?!? 

Try four inches too small!

AHHHHHHH!!!!!!! (that was me running and screaming with my hands in the air and yarn flinging everywhere)

Ahem.

I am better now. I have recovered from the shock. I have almost reknit the entire piece on size 11 needles (which, by the way, gave me perfect gauge when worked over a large area and not a small gauge swatch. Stinking liar of a swatch).

The good news is that on a larger needle, the knitting will take less time…. if you don’t count the time I wasted knitting an entire piece on the smaller needles.

Carry on, then.

This project is a “Knitter for Hire” project. For more information, see my custom knits page here.

Of Dropped Stitches, Procrastination, and Treasonous Lifelines

It started last September. It was coming along so beautifully.

The Rona Lace Shawl in Knit Picks Shadow Vineyard

Then, I took a break. I thought it was safe and secure in it’s cute little bag. Alas, when I picked it back up in December, I found that the needle had pulled out of a few stitches and they had dropped. Kicking myself for leaving my lifeline 40 rows back, I put it back in the bag and decided to I would frog it back to the lifeline… later.

Today, I picked it up again (my current knitting project is boring me to tears, and I thought I could use a challenge). I started to pull the needles out and rip back to my thin, green safety net.

I noticed too late that my lifeline had abandoned me, as well.

Almost half of the circle was not protected by my treasonous lifeline. Why I didn’t tie the ends together is beyond me, but then again, I was presumptuous enough to leave it so far behind, I guess I thought I wouldn’t need it.

Such a talented knitter as myself! HA! I scoff at lifelines!

And look where it got me. I was almost finished knitting that first ball, too:

And now, I am back to square one.

This is a must knit shawl, so I am going to cast it back on and complete it… later.

For now, I am thinking that my teal skien of Claudia Handpainted Silk Lace needs to be a Peacock Shawlette.