Shawl we try again?
Wednesday August 27th 2008, 12:21 am
Filed under: Knit

This yoke idea and that lace in the main body. They were supposed to go together.  All the time I spent over several days  hashing out the yoke pattern,  sure of what was going to come after, I had another idea that kept nagging at me to do next instead, saying all the reasons why it was the right one and why I should ditch the one I was so bent on.

And I kept saying no, no, be a good little lace pattern, go away.  While carefully counting stitches.

But then the one I thought I wanted to use didn’t work.

Upper and lower just didn’t fit together.  What on earth?  I counted stitches again, fifteen ways from tomorrow and it just.didn’ It made no sense.  It was late.  But still.  I couldn’t believe it, and I made some mutterings about math.  And then protested, when I got teased, “But I’m GOOD at math!”  But after spending most of the day yesterday in front of the computer, knitting, writing, editing, frogging, deleting, knitting, writing, editing, frogging, deleting, knitting, writing, editing, frogging, deleting, rinse, lather, repeat, my brain had bugged out and that was that.

That other little pattern, patiently biding its time, pounced on me.  “You know you only want to show off with that fancy-schmancy. You know I’m the right one.  And you know why.  The symbolism is so obvious.”

I do. It was right. It looks wonderful.  It IS wonderful, in a way I can’t describe without instantly giving away who I am knitting it for to that person.  And I can’t believe I even argued with myself over it, it’s so obvious now that I’ve started knitting it.  And it’s a fair bit of fancy-schmancitude itself.

But the killer?  As soon as I decided to go with what is now so patently obviously the right one…

…I saw exactly where my mistake was and how easily the yoke would indeed fit in with the pattern I no longer wanted and that I am really really glad now I didn’t put in there.  Of course they match up!  Piece of cake. Not that that matters now.

You know how I once said my knitting was not the boss of me? You hear it snickering back there?

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Murphy Rules!

And in this case his rule was just, if harsh.

Comment by wunx~ 08.27.08 @ 12:31 am

Ah, yes. You designer, me knitter. Now I know why it’s not the other way around. Carry on…I do not wish to fight that battle unassisted. VBG!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 08.27.08 @ 4:39 am

Sometimes, it just takes time and patience and a fresh mind! Can’t wait to see it!

Comment by Joansie 08.27.08 @ 5:10 am

Yeah, what Barbara-Kay said.

Comment by Shelly 08.27.08 @ 5:42 am

Sounds like your brain went into meltdown 🙂 Am glad tho that you were able to find and see where the mistake was so that as soon as the Mouthy piece of lace gets done you will be able to go back to work on the first one! 🙂

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 08.27.08 @ 5:55 am

Tee heee heeeee… But the ends justify the means. It’s all part of the process, and I’m so glad you have the patience for it!

Comment by Channon 08.27.08 @ 6:05 am

Yeah, and I’m the boss of my characters. Nope. 🙂

Comment by Kristine 08.27.08 @ 8:01 am

A resounding “ditto” of Barbara-Kay’s comment! I’ll let you do all the hard work, then I’ll knit up the perfected pattern…hopefully.

Comment by Ruth 08.27.08 @ 9:28 am

I’m so happy it wouldn’t let you knit it wrong! – yeah! for pushy projects! *hug* M

Comment by Mary Seabrook 08.27.08 @ 12:10 pm

Oh, yeah. I hear the snickering. They’re all gathered around that little table, sipping iced tea in the shade, and trading stories about *their knitters.* 🙂

Comment by Linda 08.27.08 @ 1:20 pm

Yup. I can hear the snickering from here. Of course, that might be *my* knitting, lol!

Comment by Jocelyn 08.27.08 @ 4:48 pm

Glad you know what you’re doing… 😉

I’m just sittin’ here waitin’ on the next book. 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 08.27.08 @ 6:13 pm

hehehe – don’t you just love when inanimate objects take control of your life 😉

Comment by rho1640 08.28.08 @ 7:02 am

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