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Depressing - Knit Lightly and Carry a Big Stick
This backgammon board that I'm making for my dad's birthday is just wigging me out!  It's probably the ugliest thing I've knit in a long time-- some of the short row transitions left big ugly holes despite my best efforts, and I decided to learn to knit continental right in the middle of it, so the gauge is kinda wonky (although, given that I see beginner projects every day at work, not *that* bad).  I lost a stitch somewhere in the last set of triangles and, since I couldn't figure out *where,* just made one and kept going.  There's no ladder, so it's not a dropped stitch-- I think I might have grabbed one extra when working wrap(s) together with a wrapped stitch.  Bah!

My goal in picking it up this morning was to knit one more set of triangles before doing some housework.  I knit two rows and then came here.

You wanna know where I'm at in the pattern if I finish that next set of triangles???  "Knit rows 3-82 three more times..."  Granted, the pattern uses short rows, so that's a little misleading, but still!  Then after that I need to knit the pieces and a little bag to hold them.  Talk about demoralizing.  I'm at that point where I can only think bad thoughts about it-- "He won't like it anyway;" "These colors are horrid together; "I'll probably fuck up the felting part and then what good is this?" etc.

Le sigh.

Edit--why doesn't LJ want to link to picasaweb?  I hate uploading pics directly to LJ (I don't know why, I just do.)  Whatever.
Edit2-- I also love how uploading a photo automatically switches one into Rich Text mode, but then ignores your html tags so your formerly bold text just looks like <b>this</b>.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.

being:: home
feeling:: annoyed annoyed

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_lilymay_ From: _lilymay_ Date: March 31st, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh no!! You're working on a Cursed Project!! Run away!!!
amoral_fiber From: amoral_fiber Date: March 31st, 2007 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, it's so true. Usually I put the cursed projects away for a while and find that they want to make nice when I take them out again (like putting a bad dog in a dog house. They're so happy when you come back!). However, my dad's birthday was last week, so....

Maybe he'd like a nice gift certificate=)
_lilymay_ From: _lilymay_ Date: March 31st, 2007 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

sometimes you just have to listen to a project when it tells you that it's not ready to behave yet.


not that the yarn talks to me. because it doesn't.
amoral_fiber From: amoral_fiber Date: March 31st, 2007 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you sure? Are you really sure?

...I've never *heard* my yarn talking per se, but it does really seem to have a personality.

Freud (or some other guy) says, "That, my friend, is called projection."
_lilymay_ From: _lilymay_ Date: March 31st, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I tend to start working the same yarn several times before I figure out what it really wants to be.

I've heard that sculptors say that the sculpted object is already in the marble (or wood or clay or whatever), and the trick is just to carve away anything that isn't part of it.

It seems kind of like that, sometimes.
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