Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

I Don't

or how Rain knitted for a week and still made nothing.

I was desperately racing to get the baby stuff finished so I could start I Do. I've been looking forward to making it for ages and had bought the yarn - Sirdar Pure Cotton in black - especially for it. As soon as the ends were sewn into the striped jumper I grabbed it and set to work. I'd done about 10" when I had a good look at it and decided I really wasn't keen on the lace pattern. In my stitch guide it's called Victoria stitch which is reversible. I know most lace looks a bit naff until it's blocked, but on closer inspection of the pattern I decided it definitely wasn't for me. As I still liked the style I decided to use another lace pattern and set about making up my own. After drawing and swatching and poncing about for a day I worked about an inch, got bored and decided maybe I didn't want a shrug after all.

I was at a bit of a loss for a use for the yarn but really wanted to work with it so I decided to use it for a design that's been kicking about in my head for a while. The only problem was that I needed yet another stitch pattern. I had been planning on an embossed pattern but a swatch revealed that it would stand out too much, not a good idea for a tight fitting top. I worked another swatch from a Debbie Bliss book, didn't like how it looked in cotton, adapted it, loved it and decided it wouldn't work for the top I had in mind. Back to the drawing board. I then opened up another book and on the very first page was the perfect lace pattern. It took a wee bit of adapting - changing the decreases to slope so they matched and moving where the repeats started so it worked in the round. I was super pleased and started with gusto, however, the saga continues.

It's been a busy week and I've been a little distracted. I went to see baby Scarlett, she's 6 months old now and absolutely adorable. She's crawling about all over the place and into everything. Jenn and Nick have officially asked me to be her godmother (without the god bit) as they think I'd be a positive influence in her life. I'm delighted and honoured to be asked. If I can't set a good example at least I can serve as a horrible warning ;)

I've also been in hospital for some minor surgery - nout serious, but I'm still a bit battered and bruised and not really in the mood for doing much. I worked on the top at the hospital but ended up frogging it (only about an inch) as I'd managed to twist it. So after all that I have nothing to show for my troubles. Despite it all being a comedy of errors I am hoping for some progress soon.

45 Comments:

At 10:30 pm, Blogger Wye Sue said...

I blame the heat for my negative knitting today ;-)
Hope you find your knitting mojo soon...

 
At 10:32 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

Hope you feel better soon. Scarlet is getting so big! She's adorable. Congrats on the godmother role!

 
At 11:11 pm, Blogger Mary-Lou said...

Sounds only too familiar - you wait ages to knit something you think you really want to do, and then you hate the sight of it 5 minutes later (and it beomes yet another UFO lurking in a plastic bag behind the armchair). This has been my experience a lot lately (there's at least 6 UFOs behind my chair currently), no wonder I seem to have spent so much time knitting scarves recently, at least you get them off the needles quickly ... ;)

 
At 3:05 am, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

I know how you feel. After three days of actual work on Hush-hush I stilld on't even have an inch! Why did I think those size 2 and 3 needles were a good idea?

I hope you're feeling better soon!

 
At 10:52 am, Blogger Piglottie said...

Agree that the heat is not doing us knitters any favours. I seem to feel very dithery with my knitting at the moment - most unusual for me. Hope you get better soon.

 
At 11:43 am, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Goodness! I think you're about due for some good luck! Sending happy knitting vibes... Kiss that beautiful Scarlet for us, would you?

 
At 1:27 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

Oh my lands what trials this knitting is going through! :) It is lovely yarn though isn't it?

Lookit Scarlett! 6 months already? You will be an EXCELLENT nongodmother as you are an EXCELLENT girl, that's really exciting!

Sending loads of positive healing and recovery vibes xx

 
At 1:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon after your minor surgery! And I hope you get your knit groove back soon as well!

Scarlett is just beautiful! It's wonderful to be a 'godparent' and you'll be amazing at it!

 
At 1:39 pm, Anonymous Egeria said...

I'm anonymous..not sure how that happened!

 
At 1:58 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Ohh, the lace pattern is very pretty. I know how you feel on the knitting front. Not much of that going on here either. Feel better soon!

 
At 2:21 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

I feel your frustration. I am currently doing that with my Nana's present. I think that I have finally decided on the yarn and pattern. I will keep my fingers crossed for both of us! I am sorry to hear that you were in the hospital. I had noticed that you hadn't commented or posted in a couple days and I was starting to get a little worried! I am happy to hear that it was nothing serious. Congrats on becoming a Godmother! What an honor!

 
At 2:26 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Well, you came away with a cute baby picture! That's something!

Hope you're back to feeling normal again soon.

 
At 4:12 pm, Anonymous Rose said...

feel better soon :)

 
At 4:16 pm, Anonymous Silvia said...

First up hope you feel better soon and a speedy recovery. As for knitting..nuff said..I am with ya

 
At 4:43 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Healing thoughts your way :)

Scarlett is a cutie. Look at those ears! The lace pattern looks lovely--I hope it works out. Knitting comes in waves sometimes; I'm sure you'll be on an upswing again soon.

 
At 10:21 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

When you do get the design properly sorted in your head, I'm sure it'll have been well worth all the angst. Sorry to hear you've had surgery but glad to hear nothing serious. Lots of healing vibes on their way to you. Charlotte's growing so quick as they do and you'll make an excellent non-god mother. She won't go wrong with a mentor like you.

 
At 10:22 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Please read Charlotte as Scarlett! Blame the heat!!!

 
At 10:37 pm, Blogger Peg said...

You and I are in the same boat. I am busy praying to the Knitting Goddess, would you like me to put in a word for you? You can see why on my blog today. Beautiful baby! Somedays nothing works the way you want to. Put the tea pot on, your feet up and find a good book! It will sort itself out!

 
At 2:24 am, Blogger Bezzie said...

Keep plugging at it. I know whatever you finally set on will be smashing.

And wonderful bald baby pic! Eee!! They're so cute at that age!

 
At 3:37 am, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

I hope you're on the mend! Big hugs to you, and to sweet Scarlett :)

 
At 5:41 am, Blogger aurora said...

Congrats on the godmothering. Hope things get better :-) I have confidence that there will be progress!

 
At 5:42 am, Blogger Stefaneener said...

Oh no. I hope you're feeling much much better. Was the hospital at least cool?

Go for godmothers! Ours for the kids are all very special to us.

I just love reading about your design style. It sounds like fun and is obviously very productive.

 
At 6:11 am, Blogger Zonda said...

Hope you are doing better! What a cutie pie she is! :)

 
At 12:58 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

I hope you are doing better, Rain, lots of healing wishes on their way to you after the surgery.

That photo of Scarlett is just adorable! Great news on the non-godmotherhood :)

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your new pattern!

 
At 1:33 pm, Blogger modelwidow said...

Don`t worry about the creative lull, with the weather and your surgery it`s not surprising things aren`t going as well as usual. Take care and look after yourself and hope you`ll be back on your feet very soon

 
At 1:57 pm, Blogger Sue said...

I hope you're feeling better after your hospital visit. Max sends tail wags and slobbery puppy kisses. :-)

The knitting will return to normality soon I'm sure and with such a little cutie to knit for you've got the best incentive!

 
At 4:14 pm, Blogger Dina said...

I'm melting like the Wicked Witch here in Deutschland -- the weather's driving me crazy.

Scarlett's growing like a weed and she's lucky to have you as a godmother :)

Hope this finds you well!

 
At 7:41 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Get well soon!

Love the photo of Scarlett, that smile would cheer anyone up instantly :-)

Sorry you're having knitting hassles, the heat has been scrambling my brains for sure this past week or two, not good weather to be doing complex stuff I think (not for me, anyway!)

 
At 9:42 pm, Blogger Badger said...

Hope you're feeling better soon.
The heat seems to be causing loads of people to really slow down and be less inspired about their knitting - you'll get back in the groove quick enough, i'm sure :)

 
At 10:54 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks for all your well wishes and thoughts. I'm feeling a lot better and have a rather cool frankenstein scar that I keep flashing at unsuspecting people.

It sounds like the heat is getting to us all.

Mary-Lou - shhhhhhh first rule of UFO club is don't talk about UFO club.

DO - itty bitty needles are a bad idea, whip out some broom handles and knit with those instead.

KY - I keep calling her Charlotte too, don't know why and her Mum has been known to do it.

Stefaneener - the hospital was soooo hot and they'd made fast by mistake so I'd had nothing to drink all day. I couldn't leave fast enough.

Sue - she really is an incentive to knit. I've got some lovely things planned for her later in the year.

 
At 11:39 am, Blogger Jerry said...

Hope you're feeling better! It's too hot to go through recovery :-( Sorry about the shrug, that sounds like a frustrating go of it, even with the new lace you were trying to work into the pattern.

Baby Scarlett is too precious for words :-) What a beautiful baby!

 
At 1:56 pm, Blogger Batty said...

Oooh, she's so cute! If you influence her, she'll be cranking out a baby sweater a week by the time she's 5. We're looking forward to her FO's : )

Hope everything is OK and you're feeling better. Surgery sucks, even when it's nothing major.

 
At 5:51 pm, Blogger Peg said...

Rain, it is me again. I am pleased to be added to your bookmarks - you are on mine! Just taking a break from being 'Molly Maid', as our two music students just left and I doing laundry, vacuuming - you know the usual after company! Just thought I'd take a break and check my favourite blogs!

 
At 9:00 pm, Blogger Charity said...

Hoping for a quick recovery!

You know I have the same knitting blues at times - I'm sure yours will disappear soon :0) BTW, I love the little striped jumper, so sweet!

 
At 11:19 pm, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

hope you are feeling better!!!

 
At 2:25 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

Scarlett is absolutely darling! What a sweetie. :)

I hope you're feeling better soon and that you find something to get your knit mojo back on track.

 
At 3:16 am, Anonymous Rachel said...

I'm quite late to the party to say I hope you'll be back on your feet soon and that you'll get your knitting mojo back too! (You don't think the doctor accidentally removed it during surgery do you?? Okay, that was a dumb joke.)

Your goddaughter is the cutest. But you knew that.

 
At 5:29 am, Blogger Knit and Tink said...

I had to laugh at your adventures in lace knitting...sounds like me. I get so much pleasure out of one ball of yarn. haha
Beautiful baby there, congrats on your role in her life!
Hope you're feeling better all the time.

 
At 12:43 pm, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

Wish you well soon!

 
At 8:56 pm, Blogger Joanne said...

I've just discovered your blog and I am thoroughly enjoying it!

Keep up the good work!

 
At 8:22 pm, Anonymous kimberly said...

Oh my gosh, thanks so much for your awesome comments-I just noticed I don't have you on my rss list. How could that have happened?? Anyway, I'm back reading and I can't wait to hear more of your sweater/shrug saga.
I certainly hope you're feeling better soon!!!!

 
At 11:09 pm, Blogger Penny Karma said...

Oh, what a gorgeous baby!!!

 
At 1:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what an absurdly cute baby there!

 
At 1:01 pm, Anonymous the kitchener bitch said...

Congrats on becoming a godmother! You'll have tons of fun.

 
At 12:32 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks for all your well wishes folks.

Batty, lol, she's a girl after my own heart and she's only 6 months old.

Knit and Tink, I like the good value idea - so good I knitted it twice... or more times in this case.

 

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