Friday, February 19, 2010

... knitters HELL!

I am not happy right now. I'm not being productive and I'm am so frustrated I'm about to give it all up! Knitting and crocheting that is!

I've been working on these yoga socks for EVER now.
ripped out stitches 6 times (actually more if you count how many times I miscounted when I was casting on or when I cast on with the wrong kind of cast on... blah. At the rate I'm going, I'll be in my 60's before I EVER get the first sock made. I'm not even talking about a PAIR of socks either!

THEN... I decided to give myself a break and begin working on baby girls hat. She had picked out some yarn that she liked and I told her I'd make her a hat with it. OH-MY-GOSH! What was I thinking? The yarn has been a major work of pain for me. The yarn is a strange bunched up hairy thing. It's sort of like a long haired chenille only the hairs are only on one side.
One single row of hairs on one very thin thickness of thread. If I make a mistake, I can't rip it out because the hairs get all caught up and knotted. I end up having to cut the piece out and have to throw the work away! I am sooo frustrated I feel like yanking hanks of my hair out of my head! UGH! I JUST don't know what to do! I am this close (imagine my thumb and forefinger in the "pinch" position and you can hardly see any space between them!) to just putting all my knitting needles and fibers into a bag and tossing it at someone who can actually knit!

Honestly, I'm at my whit's end. I tried to think of something positive out of this experience so far and I can't come up with anything!

I'm in knitting hell.......


sherie lee said...

Dont give up, just give yourself permission to switch yarns/projects! Everyday I work a customer will come in and we will do a switch with either yarn or pattern, some things just dont work together, and some patterns are just not fun. I firmly beleive knitting should be fun, once I threw away a project that would just not work, and poured bacon grease on it so it could not be rescued, problem solved.

Joan's Good Life said...

Oh my! ;-0 Perhaps I'm not quite there yet. I don't think I could pour grease on my knitting project quite yet. lol But it's definitely in my head as a possible option now! ;-)

I can't imagine you with a non workable project. You do such awe inspiring work! But thank you for your words of encouragement! I'll look for another pattern, perhaps that will help. ;-/ Thank you Sherie!

corinnea said...

Ha ha that's just one of the many reasons I love my sister!!! I agree, give yourself permission to, do something new, throw it away, change it, whatever. Don't be discouraged!!
Personally, I hate that funky hairy yarn!!

chellebelle said...

I hate to vote against you Joan but they are both right.. It has been said that the best photographers are the ones that know which bad shots to throw away. In this case though, I would not give up on the projects, but.. I think that you are using Kroy stretch sock yarn for your yoga socks, if that is the case, I will tell you that this is one of the worst sock yarns to start with.. It is a great product, but not a very good "starter" yarn in my opinion, get yourself some Red Heart sock yarn, or Austermann Step, or even some of the regular Kroy sock yarn, without the stretch. The stretch in the yarn makes it more difficult to keep consistant.. Even for us sock experts :)! As for the hat yarn? I would recommend using larger needles. This type of yarn is made to be a looser type of fabric and you just may need to regage with larger needles. I think you will be happier with your projects that way.. Deep breath. If all else fails, grab some regular ol' yarn and whip out a little baby hat to remind yourself that you have MAD skills and will do just fine!