Friday, March 23, 2012

Bad Juju

Last night was one of those "Bad Knitting Juju" evenings that befalls us all from time to time. You know, when absolutely nothing goes according to plan and you feel like you couldn't knit a garter stitch square to save your life???

It started when I sat down to write a blog post. I had edited and loaded my pictures, but the, you know... writing part of writing the post just wasn't happening. I would write something, decide it was stupid/boring/irrelevant and delete it, only to re-write the exact same thing 5 minutes later. What made it all the more frustrating was that I felt that I was "wasting valuable knitting time!!!" (pretty sure that didn't help get the creative juices flowing...).

After being, shall we say, less than amiable (hah!) on the phone with my father, I decided the sensible, grownup thing would be to retire, regroup, and take a whack at the post tomorrow. I made a cup of tea, put on a Buffy episode (Season 6, Seeing Red, in case anyone cares), and sat down with my current WIP, Galileo , the Solid Socks Mystery KAL for February/March. I'm knitting both socks concurrently, one clue at a time, and I was pretty sure I could wrap up the first sock before going to bed.

So there I sat, with my tea and my Buffy, knitting away contentedly. I noticed that there seemed to be more yarn in the cake than I remembered, but didn't pay it much mind. After a few rows, I also noticed that I seemed to be consistently off in my stitch count for the sole. For some reason, I couldn't seem to count properly, because I knew for a fact there were only 35 stitches on the sole, and yet I was always getting more than that. Like... way more.

Did I stop knitting and just count the f*$*ing sole stitches??? Of course not! I kept soldiering on, thinking I must "just not be counting right", because how else could I consistently be arriving at a stitch count of 49 stitches when THERE WERE ONLY 35 STITCHES ON THE SOLE???

By knitting on the second "standby" sock, the one that hadn't completed it's gusset decreases, that's how.

My frustration level, which apparently had just been lying in wait, shot WAY up at that point, because that was even MORE valuable knitting time WASTED!!!

I grabbed the correct sock and yanked yarn out of the flaccid, almost empty cake. This seems to have offended the cake considerably, because it responded by barfing up a tangled mess of yarn vomit that it took me the better part of an hour to sort through.


Those Knitting Fates, man. Sometimes they just like to pull the wool out from under you and kick you in the crotch for good measure, am I right?

All's well that ends well, though. Pig-headed obstinate Determined as I was to salvage the evening, I stuck to my guns and finished the sock.

No word on whether it fits, however. I didn't want to risk it.

Happy Knitting, Everyone!


sapphireblue said...

Ugh! That's so frustrating!

Dad said...

Yeah....but you should see the bruises ...... (whoooooosh).

Alrischa said...

Sorry... I laughed. Probably because I recognized your day from a day at my house :)

Bet the socks are Perfect.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Whenever I get frustrated with my knitting I put it down and walk away. This allows for less room for errors!

Hope it fits in the end!

Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh my. I can especially related to the counting logic. Sadly.
; )

Dawn said...

Sounds like that socks needs to sit in the naughty chair!

Jennifer said...

So many times I sit down to blog, and scroll through the "read-but-don't-need-to-comment" blogs in my blogroll while I wait for my pics to upload.

Next thing I know it's 9:30 and not only have I not blogged but i don't even want to knit any more, I just want to get into bed, do something quick to my nails, and play video games until I fall asleep.

After all, a non-knitting night feels more restful than a waste-of-knitting night!