Time out! I am knitting the beauteous Nature in Natural, a free pattern on the Lion Brand site, for a wedding gift. Here's the pic from Lion Brand. Pretty, yes?

Since I'm using Plymouth Encore worsted rather than chunky, I added stitches to make it large enough. Worked beautifully in the bottom panel since I worked the added stitches into the seed stitch panels--didn't throw off a thing--pattern is great. THEN I started on the row of leaves near the bottom in this pic. Its killing me!! I've knit and ripped and knit and tinked and even did some math. These leaves look great, then get all wonky and garter stitchy--not a good thing since there isn't garter stitch in this part of the pattern. Now, this pattern row has bloomed into a full-fledged mental block. Really!! How am I handling it, you may ask. Like this:

Time out. Absolutely. Time out for my knitting which has been on this chair, untouched, for a couple of hours now. Time to think about cooperation. Time to decide to let the stitches fall into place and become crisp leaves, to become a border effect, to become part of this lovely, lovely ghan.
Notice the stitches? The stitches that are not on a needle? The stitches that are setting there in Time Out? Soon I am going to approach my knitting to ask if it understands why it has been in time out, what it can do differently so that it can engage in the knitting process, why it is important to cooperate with both the knitter and the pattern. We know how much happier it will be when it returns to the needle, when it is held and worked into stitches. It is time to move forward.
It is time to realize that its not a good idea to mess with a retired teacher.

But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.

~ 1 Corinthians 8:9


Sue said...

I have a ball of yarn that I want to use up. I have started six different projects with it and torn out each of them. They just don't look right. I have decided that it's the yarn, I just don't like it. I'm going to put it in the bottom of the yarn box and maybe revisit it next year.

I feel your frustration.

Beth said...

That does sound very frustrating! Hopefully you'll have that yarn whipped into shape soon!

Joanne said...

I feel your pain. I just ripped out an afghan that was 3/4 finished, and I did this 4 times, not just once!

The afghan is beautiful and I hope that all will eventually work out alright for you.

Alanna said...

Hi ~ I'm trying to get the word out about an old Lenten tradition from Finland, it's especially good for observing Lent with children. I posted about it awhile back, the link is here, Lenten Grass.

Please forgive my commenting 'off topic'. If you find this inappropriate, please just delete the comment, I looked for but didn't find an e-mail address.

Many thanks, Alanna