Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Keep trying

This is the opposite of what I usually say, but I am so mad at knitting right now. We have a long history together, knitting and me. We have been together for many years, and those years have been mostly happy and productive and interesting--knitting tells a good joke and is fun company at parties and always remembers my birthday. It has been there for me in difficult times. I love knitting, I really do. But this is one of those times where I've just noticed how it never listens to me.
 
I (almost) finished this. I was on the neck edge. This is the point in a project where you will stay up past midnight to finish those last ten rows, because, well, look how many rows there are in this thing. (Hint: there are a lot.) It took all eight seasons of Foyle's War, and that was just for the body. And as I was trying it on at last, to make sure the neckline worked, a realization dawned--and it isn't like this is something I never knew before, but somehow I have always managed to avoid it: Row Gauge. Is. Important. I have not achieved it. At all. Because I never do. This is a very clever pattern (I can't tell you yet) and is an epic undertaking by my dear friend Deb, and because I can't get row gauge, what I have now is this:
[Goodness, these photos are every color. The second from top is the true color.]
 
I will come back to this in a few days. Right now, I am crocheting dishcloths.

22 comments:

  1. Oh no!! Gauge shmage!! It was gorgeous! I can't even begin to imagine the time (and ridiculous skill!) you had to employ. I'd have worn that darn thing. So sorry.

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  2. :( Maybe chocolate can ease the pain? x

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  3. I am in awe of your willingness to scrap and start again.

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  4. You may not have achieved Row Gauge but you've certainly achieved another masterpiece without it!! Sheesh!!!

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  5. Wow, Kristen - hang on in there, it will be a work of art! I've got to the sleeves of my first ever fair isle cardigan and it's doing my head in!! The yoke was unpicked more times than I've had hot dinners but - whispers - I think I'm nearly there! Have a good week, and enjoy the dish cloths! x

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  6. Oh blimey! You have my sympathy and complete admiration at the courage it took to frog this back. You can do it. I know you will. Remember to breathe. Go and get mad with snow shovelling or something..take a break and then breathe some more.

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  7. Oh yes, I have been there with the knit guage thing...on a tricky Patricia Roberts design I made perhaps thirty years ago. I have "grown" to like its longitude over the decades. It's not what it was supposed to be, but I still like it.

    You've made a wise choice to take a little crochet break.

    xo

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  8. Oh dear ... I feel for you. Same thing happened with me about a year ago with a striped sweater. Ended up looking like a dress. Knitting and I nearly came to blows. What really made me mad is that about a quarter of the way through, I knew something was "going on" and I ignored it. Hugs to you!

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  9. Honestly, I don't see the reason for angst, unless it just doesn't fit. What an amazing, intricate pattern, and while I stared at it for 2-3 minutes to take it all in, on your live body, NOBODY is going to stare for 2-3 minutes! Wear it with pride!

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  10. It is physically impossible for me to simultaneously get row and stitch gauge to match the specs. If one is in, the other is out, no matter what I do. I resort to complicated math to get it to work. But that sweater is so freakin' cool. I've always been fascinated with cables. I'm sure you'll work it out after some dishcloth zen time.

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  11. Kristen your blog and creations are so inspirational. I so appreciate you sharing every step of the journey so a very big thank you. In fact it was your blog that encouraged me to jump right in and try knitting. I have no doubt this is going to be one of your most beautiful creations to date!!

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  12. Oh I feel your pain! Crocheted dishcloths are a good unwind! x

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  13. Crochet's our faithful friend in troubled times, enjoy your dishcloths, then get back to this, I'm sure you'll make it!! : ) I can't believe how intricate this pattern is, really, you're such a talented knitter!

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  14. It looked like it would have been gorgeous with leggings.

    You are a better woman than I...I'd never have the fortitude to rip it all back and begin all over again.

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  15. We've all been there, and will not doubt be there again in the future. A beautiful knit. I hope it works out in the end.

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  16. I'd have to go with chocolate and a huge glass of wine, a deep breath and a false smile on my face! Smile and wave girl...just smile and wave... xxx

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  17. I just had a sweater do that to me. Cruel thing. I gifted it to my mom, and she was pretty excited about it, so that worked out.
    The pattern is gorgeous though; I'm sure once you get that gauge, it'll be perfect!

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  18. I almost can't bear to watch this. So. much. work. I was going to say it's time to sew a quilt, but crocheting dishcloths is the perfect distraction.

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  19. Love your work. Wondering if you can tell me what type of "canvas" you used on your needlework post in february 2013 with the triangles. Thanks.
    Shalet

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  20. I love making dishcloths ... I'm making a whole pile of them for my daughter to take with her to college this coming fall ( sniff, sniff). This sweater is absolutely gorgeous and you are one talented knitter... I know those moments when you need to take a break and that is ok , but your talent is undeniable. Gorgeous work.

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  21. Someone was telling me about weaving in an emergency scrap line through every so many rows so when you have to frog it you have a firebreak to frog to... hate hate hate having to frog (and hate the whole gauge thing - the maths on the current WIP is breaking my brain)

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