16 January 2007

Check it!

Oh yeah!


So I treated myself to knitting on Pomotamus while watching Fog of War, which I netflixed ages ago and never had a chance to watch (can I interrupt myself to note that "to netflix" now seems like a completely acceptable verb? My how things have changed!). I was all set to post about the P-sock tonight -- how I first knit one a year ago, how hard it seemed, how I couldn't follow the pattern and how badly the sock turned out (so badly I actually didn't knit the second. This rarely happens). This time around, I flew through the first chart, all the way down the ankle, and turned the heel without even a second thought. It was, to me, a testament to how much I've grown as a knitter in the last year. I had all of these back-patting thoughts planned for my post -- introspective musings about the measuring of progress, adult learning curves and such. But alas! It seems I don't always learn as fast as I think. Because half way through (of so I thought) the second foot chart, I take a moment to actually consult the chart. And lo! I effed up. Damn. I effed up in a way that can't be easily fixed. I was so frustrated, I had to set it aside. I'll figure out how to rip back a sock full of twisted stitches tomorrow.

But I'm worried... could this be a sign of the times to come? So far, everything I've knit in 2007 has had to be at least partially frogged. Like the Spindle-socks-that-aren't. Or the Endpaper mitt disaster, where I repeated two extra rows of the chart, but didn't realize until I was well on my way up the thumb, had to add an after-thought lifeline, rip back and knit again. Sheesh.

Here's to hoping for either more brain power or fewer mistakes the rest of the year! And now, back to the endpaper...

7 comments:

melissa said...

yay! congratulations! you've definitely earned some knitting time.

and i use 'netflix' as a verb all the time. it's completely acceptable.

Mintyfresh said...

Congrats!!

The foot part of Pomatomus is always hard; keeping a row count is soo crucial, but I was always forgetting to start the pattern over. Come back to it when you're ready.

Chris said...

Aren't frogging and ripping similar to the process of writing? Maybe it's just a metaphor for everything you're doing right now - drafting, redrafting, polishing, finishing...

Veronique said...

Congrats on your submission! I know I always panic just before clicking the "send" button. Did I attach the correct version? Did I really run a spell check? Oh, I'm getting knots in my stomach just thinking about it.

Good things there's happier things to worry about, like lifelines in your knitting :)

Meg said...

Fly application, fly! Into the hands of a caring and kind soul with a large pocketbook!

Don't beat yourself up about the ripping back and such. It's also a mark of growth as a knitter. You can not only recognise mistakes, you know how to fix them.

Rachel said...

I just love the colors of your Endpaper Mitts. Try gazing placidly at them when you're ready to punch the wall about mistakes in other knitting projects (which I'm sure will be corrected in good time).

P.S. You should know I'm really the last person in the world who should be giving advice about how to naviagate knitting setbacks calmly.

sprite said...

Congratulations on finishing the grant application. May you have a restful weekend in celebration!