Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lace . . . NOT!!

Okay. After a week of really, really, trying to like lace, I admit defeat. I hate it. It drives me nuts. And I admit, I can't follow a chart to save my life. I knit along, thinking I'm doing well and get to the end of the row only to find five stitches on the needle instead of the three that are supposed to be there. Arrrgh. I even got yarn to do the white lace scarves that I thought looked so pretty and easy and after knitting the same freakin' 36 stitches and 16 rows, and muttering "I really love knitting lace, I really love knitting" through five rip outs, either the lace goes or I get meds. And as much as I want to love doing it, I'm throwing in the white flag (or the white cashmere, in this case) and just saying "Enough!"

I suppose that is the good part about being older. A few years ago I might have forced myself through the entire shawl or three scarves just to prove to myself that I CAN do it. Okay, you know what, I don't care that I can't knit lace. I wasn't all that sure what I was going to do with it anyway. (Well the scarves were going to be Christmas presents, so there is that hole to plug). No, I know myself well enough to realize that I would knit and curse and knit it through and then set down my needles and not knit for months out of frustration.

But I don't want to do that. No way. So I'm cutting off the lace, taking the cone back to the yarn shop tomorrow and getting something that I will love to knit with.

In the meantime, I've been adding rows to my Leftovers Vest and cast on another pair of Fetching wrist warmers. Hear the big sigh of relief that comes with comfort knitting?

What have you tossed down in disgust and sworn off? Come on, confess.


tiennie said...

Your time is too precious to waste it doing something you're hating! Good job to you for putting it down - now if only I can do the same with the cabled sweater from hell!

Elizabeth said...

I'll tell you, the moment I put that darn lace down, I felt like I'd been given a full pardon. So much better to be knitting on projects that you enjoy and that you want to be knitting. Like I LOVE doing this Fetching wristwarmers--I could knit them in my sleep. And maybe that's why I knit--not so much to really push myself but to let that wonderful rhythmn of knitting soothe what is often a hectic life. Don't you think that's what it is about?

Meredith said...

I was working on a baby blanket once with a very lacy pattern...I caved. I just couldn't get it right. Every time I started to work on it, I would realize 3 rows later that I had been doing something wrong, or I would keep making the same mistake over and over...I don't know what was wrong with me on that one, but I think it was the pattern. Ha ha!
I finally put it down with the intention of picking it up again one day, but I never have.
I hope that is some consolation, but good for you for giving that pattern the boot!! *grin*
All good things!

Elizabeth said...

What is it about some things that just become that noose around our necks? Better to cast them off and move on, than get all caught up in them.