Monday, June 09, 2008

Not Rational at All. Really.

You may have noticed that posts were a bit thin on the ground last week. That would be because I couldn't knit anything right.

My latest Barn Raising Quilt square? No matter how many times or how far back I ripped and re-knit and ripped and re-knit, I ended up two stitches over on one side. I'm still not sure if I kept making the same mistake at the same place over and over or kept failing to rip back far enough. Final score? Down by 12. I'm left with 25 stitches per side from 37 out of 43, so I thought I was close (just to add to the indignity).

If the color wasn't so beautiful. I suspect I would have tossed this, far and violently.

My victory dance over the green cable panel for the Altered Blessingway Blanket? Premature.

Why am I having such difficulty with a lousy 3 stitch seed stitch border? Right now I'm trying to persuade myself it's an opportunity to see if I'm happier adding a new convolution to my already twisted attempt to make the ends match. Instead of leaving the decreases as paired k2tog (the substitution I made for the ssk or p2tog/k2tog pairing the pattern called for), now I can see if I like it better as k2tog/ssk.

Somehow, these demonstrations of my complete lack of knitting virtuosity led me to the corner motifs for the Blessingway Blanket. No I don't know what I was thinking. In fact, I cannot say I was thinking, at all. I question whether applied intelligence, or even sense, was involved.

While hoping for miracles from blocking (those long stretches of cable are decidedly wonky), I have serious doubts about my ability to transform this into a corner, with its implicit 90 degree angle. Still, one down.

Of course, that means one to go, doesn't it.

1 comment:

diane h said...

You can't see the forest for the trees?

All's well that ends well?

Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good?

I could go on and on - there's Google , you know.

I attempted my vintage handbag and then bought $40 more in cotton. I almost posted a blog entry about it.