Monday, April 09, 2007

I shouldn't knit when I'm tired.

Last night, after the festivities of Easter (I got to fill and hide eggs this year!), I came home and started the leg of a sock from Charlene Schurch's second book - More Sensational Knitted Socks. I was able to score a copy while I was at the Harmony of Fibers festival a few weekends ago. I started a pattern from the Eight-Stitch collection within the book called "Scrolls". So, I knit about 10 rows of the 16-row pattern with no trouble and then flaked out at around row 11 somehow like a big dope. I tried to unknit and then start over, but then I couldn't figure out what row I knit last. I felt like a tard.

One time, while knitting at the library (which is going on as I type this), Ann asked if I ever knit socks with patterning instead of just the plain, stockinette socks I knit all the time. I replied to her, "Well, I've started a few of those, but those generally don't ever get done." The problem is, I want to get out of that rut...I've been there, done that. I've bought so much hand-dyed sock yarn, and knit so many plain socks out of it, that now I'm a tad bored with all that, even though they're all still so beautiful (to me, anyway). So, I want to challenge myself, and knit a little more "impressively".

So, if I'm going to knit more impressively, I'm going to have to resolve to not do it when I'm tired, otherwise I'll just get frustrated and screw it all up and knit "retardedly" vs. "impressively" and then toss it aside and then start another sock.

And yes, that's a lot of rambling, and for that I apologize. You don't have to read it if you don't want to.

Thank you for enjoying this post,


Mrs. H said...

I know what you mean about the stockineete socks. I'm almost to that point myself. But it's also nice to have something simple to do when my mind is numb. :)

Mrs. H said...

um... I meant stockinette... hehe

Jen said...

Try a lifeline. Super simple to do on socks and will save you so much grief.

Also try an easy lace pattern like Hedera or Monkey for starters.

smelk-o-matic said...

I could try a lifeline, though I'm not totally familiar with the concept...don't you thread a scrap piece of yarn through the row after you've finished a repeat? The only problem is, I screwed up the FIRST repeat! HAA!

Anyway, I did finish one monkey sock...I have yet to do the second one, or take a picture for my blog, though. So, yeah, I thought I was ready to try something more "tricky", and I am, I guess. I've done 4 repeats of the pattern now, and I'm pretty sure the last 3 are 100% correct! I've just learned that I can't do this kind of thing while I'm half asleep and laughing my ass off at Coney (Conan O'Brien) at 1 a.m.. ;)

Stacey said...

I'm with Jen - I love lifelines! They have saved me many a time. I always tend to make stupid mistakes when I knit tired....bad idea, but somehow, do it anyway!

thanks for stopping by my blog to comment on the socks! I really appreciate it! Glad I could inspire you to give colorwork a try!

Grandma Barb said...

I used waxed dental floss for a lifeline - it works pretty well. That was for my lace shawl that is sitting in a bag in my car. :)