Why is it that everything my partner asks me to knit for him ends up being a YSP?
I've been trying to knit the Uncle Argyle Scarf from Son of Stitch 'n Bitch. I'm using one yarn that he brought back from Australia, and another yarn he picked out (and paid for) from the LYS here. This is my first true double-knit project, and it's fascinating how it works. However...
My handy dandy row counter is helpful, but WTF. I look at the pattern and TRY to keep count of my stitches, and I usually do a good job. Re-counting all the time out of paranoia. Then suddenly I'm at the end of a row with too many or too few stitches left. I have to go back, look at the row, and I see that where there was a long string of the same stitch, I miscounted on the PATTERN (not the row), so that even if I'd counted until I died on my actual work, I'd still be off. The pattern in the book had me switching the definition of the chart "symbols" every other row, and that only ended in horrible, flaming disaster. Well, in my mind, the book caught on fire. In real life, though, the only heat was my face as I un-did nearly a whole row at least three times in the first repeat alone. I RECHARTED the pattern on Excel so it wasn't so ABSURD. Yes, it's nice to look at the chart and see how it looks exactly like the scarf, but when you have to check not only what the symbol means, but also which row your on to ensure that it's not REVERSED, it's just ...RIDICULOUS.
So tonight I settled in to some "relaxing" knitting after he jokingly pesters me about how slow I'm being. An hour later, I'm ripping out the SAME ROW I started on this evening and cursing up a storm. I off-handedly mentioned that all this yarn might "accidentally" become a hat or something less malignant. Confusion in his voice, he says, "I don't see how that's any harder than anything else you've ever knitted."
I told him I would have his scarf finished by Christmas as long as he never pestered me about it again. LOL. I'm to repeat the pattern 23 times. So as long as I knit 2 1/2 patterns each month, I'll have it done by then (I have one successful pattern completion).
I can tell whether I'm in the mood to knit the scarf by just looking at it. If the room starts vibrating and things burst into flames, it's not the right time.