Recent failures and successes



The newest plate is on the cribbage plaque. Boo. I sense a very disturbing and unwelcome trend here.


After failing to find the motivation to finish my Frankenstein Sweater, I didn’t knit for months. I’d walk past my knitting basket and see that monstrosity just mocking me, ugly and stupid. Then it finally dawned on me that I could knit something else. My stupid brain thought I had to actually finish something before starting a new project! HA. So I’ve been happily knitting these quick and easy dishcloths, which I gave to Jason’s grandma:


Then I decided to get a little fancier, thanks to this awesome site:


(This also went to Jason’s grandma.)

But this one’s just for me. I think I’ll put it in our camper:


I’m not slow, just thorough

So, four months after I started it, and many, many times after I messed it up and swore at it, and even chopped it into itty bitty pieces over the garbage can while Jason backed away slowly, I finished the scarf I was knitting.


I think it turned out really nice. And since I finally overcame my inability to accurately knit row 13 of the 16-row pattern, maybe I’ll make another one, since this one will be a gift.


On second thought, maybe I’ll just keep it for myself.

I fought the yarn and the yarn won

Remember that scarf I talked about? The one that I had restarted 12 times and once hacked to pieces with a scissors, so great was my rage at messing it up YET AGAIN?

Here’s what it looks like.


This photo was taken one day before I messed it up. So then I started over, concentrating like never before on this pattern, ignoring my husband, work, life in general. And I got well past the mess-up-point on my new attempt.

And then I managed to mess it up AGAIN. There was no rage this time. Just a mood that could be described as “sad” and “depressed” and “sad.”

So I’m taking yet another hiatus from it, and will have to buy another skein of yarn because there’s not enough yarn left to make a full scarf. And I have Friday and Monday off, and you can bet I’ll be mouth-breathing my way through this pattern, locked in a room, until I finish it.

Pray for me.

Anyway, here’s some things I’ve completed lately. These projects are also proof that I need to learn how to use circular needles because I don’t get the whole “invisible seaming” concept.


My iPod cozy. Notice that the seam is the exact opposite of invisible, and instead, is proudly flaunting itself along the sides. Also, I don’t know why I chose purple yarn. Or added letter beads to spell out what’s inside. It’s not like my dresser’s a haven for thousands of purple, yarny, seam-sticking-out monstrosities.


Here’s a hat I made for Jason. I choose these colors because I thought they would be perfect for his trip back to 1976. It was my first time working with more than one color and it was so easy, I wish I would’ve tried it earlier. Also, the seam is actually invisible, until Jason puts the hat on his head, then it becomes a giant billboard announcing my failure as an invisible seamer.

In neon, avocado-green letters.