I'm not stupid but

I'll admit that sometimes some part of my brain simply takes a vacation, which can result in all kinds of interesting challenges.

Take the clogs.  They are fairly easy, straightforward with just a few rows that you really have to pay attention to, right?  Well, after starting them over THREE times, I realized I skipped over the very first instruction to use the sole/cuff color.  Ribbit, Ribbit.  Fourth time, correct color, I realized I messed up in row two many stitches ago on the M1 by knitting into it regularly instead of through the back loop.  Tried tinking, but messed that up, too.  RIIIP!  Well, I guess I've paid enough dues because on the FIFTH time starting over, I got through row 2 ok, then on row 4 ended up with the right number of total stitches, but had 3 more on the left needle by the time I should have gotten to the end of the row.  It's a mistake that STAYS!

As I was doing all this starting over this morning, I began to wonder whether knitting a project for someone can be a metaphor for my relationship with that person.  After 12 years together, I'll confess that it's fairly easy for me to ignore David and/or only pay half attention to him when he's talking to me and I'm engrossed in something else (like being online here!).  I thought I was paying VERY close attention to what I was doing this morning, but row 4 prooved me wrong.  I think the universe is trying to tell me to wake up, especially when it comes to David.

Have any of the rest of you thought that your knitting a project for someone in some way reflected your relationship with that someone?  If so, care to share?   


Chris Vandenburg's picture

Warren, you know I love ya... but I just have to laugh!  Again make a color copy, mark the size you are doing and post-it note it line by line.  And yes I do think knitting for someone else is a metaphor about a relationship.  I knit for everyone else and Jim and I ignore each other! 

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

Aaronknits's picture

I made it through most of the first clog without any problems at all.  I screwed up and frogged the second sole three times before I got it right .  I'll start the second clog this evening, and I'm sure I'll screw it up regardless of how careful I am.

Damn I don't know how you can rip out your work like that. I am too stubborn to start over. I just count the stitches I have at the end of the increase row and add the extra stitches I think need on the next row of knits. As an example; if after row two I had 83 stitches instead of 85 I just add two M1’s at symmetrical points where I think they are needed.

And yes Warren I think that my knitting projects reflect the way I feel about the people I knit for. My projects are a way of sending messages to the people I care about to let them know I value them. So, it is not surprising that how I feel about them (both positively and negatively) can get transferred into my stitches. 

And my philosophy of relationships is that after 12 years you should only need half as much energy to understand your partner -- so less attention is OK. I only need a few nanoseconds to figure out what is going on with my partner of 23 years. Grunts and gestures are best -- the whole talking thing just slows communication down anyways :)


Chris Vandenburg's picture

Warren, I agree with Ben.  On my first pair I did a ktog to get rid of an extra stitch and ended up doing a couple of M1's later.  Once felted .....can't see a thing.  BUT!!!! After frogging the clog the other night I ended up on perfect count at 2:30am this morning!! 

A big kiss to you and that handsome hubby of yours!

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

2 months ago I agreed to knit the mother in law a silk shawl like one in my lys.  it looked simple enough; garter stitch, size 15 circs, 1 strand Debbie bliss pure silk & 1 strand rowan kidsilk haze pulled together, (both black)increase at each end of a row;  how hard could this be?  WRONG!  that project was the bain of my existance.  picking up those small slick strands on big needles was a pain in the ass.  when i started the second ball, i already was begging for this to be over.  2/3 through the second i had a monkey fist of a knot and stretched it out, measured and said big enough!  cast off and threw the knotted mess away.   the most satisfying part of it was putting the damn thing in the mail and kissing it goodbye!  she said she loved it and her neighbor wanted to pay me to make 2 more.  "hell no"  was my answer.  "but she wants to pay you?"..............."thank her for the compliment, but no thank-you".

Warren, I feel your pain. I've heard it said around here that felting covers a multitude of sins..... well, here's to hoping!

I finally finished the first clog, but had bunch of mistakes along the way. The biggest being that I completely skipped a row... an entire row... and didn't realize it until about 10 rows later when I couldn't figure out why my stitch count was too high. I got a little suspicious when I kept having to slip the row marker. Should have been a big clue. But I kept on. *sigh* Frogfrogfrogfrog. Thank god I didn't just k2tog or whatever to fix the count. I know there's some odd shaping in there too, but that'll just be the "character" aspect. At least the thing won't have two toe sections now.

As far as knitting for someone, I don't have a partner currently so the things I'm knitting are for family and friends. I hope they will realize that my knitting things for them shows them how I feel. At this point most of them don't know they're getting hand-knit things so they'll be surprised at the very least.

Oh... and PS on the clog pattern... whoever decided to print the damn thing on dark green paper with black type needs to be shot repeatedly.

YarnGuy716's picture

I have to admit the sole is a pretty intense 7 rows of knitting.  I was basically reading an instruction, working those stitches, reading the next set of instructions and so forth for every row.  The Knitting Goddess was obviously smiling on me since I made the entire sole with no problem.  But I had given it my complete attention, did not even have the television on.

The uppers were not as bad, but you still had to pay attention to each row.  I finished that last night and knit the cuff tonight at the knitting circle.  So I just have the 2nd sole and the weaving in to do for the first slipper.

I'm pretty happy with it.  Not all that difficult, a bit of a challenge in having to pay attention to the work.  But it moved along quickly.