Seduce: to win over; attract

Yarn seduces me with her siren call. "Pick me! Pick me!" I am hopelessly enchanted by yarn and am delighted by the endless choices.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Throwing in the towel

I'm throwing in the towel on the Gringotts Goblin socks.  Yep.  You heard me right.  I'm giving up on a sock pattern.  Me.  I love a challenge but I have to admit defeat.  This pattern has me beat.

All went well for the first two inches (k2, p2 ribbing in one color, silver).  Then I added in the second color (green) for the  purls.  Not bad.  I know how to do this two color knitting.  It's a bit different with one of the colors being purls but I held that yarn in my right hand.  So all went well.  Until...

...cables were introduced.  Now you all know I like cables.  I have done lots of cables.  Lots of different cables.  But this cable has 2 knit (silver) stitches and 2 purl (green) stitches held to the back, then knit the next two stitches (silver).  Then, place the 2 purl (green) stitches back on the left hand needle and purl them. THEN knit the 2 stitches (silver) from the cable needle!!  Not only does all this twisting and fiddling make my wrists hurt but it tightens up all the stitches by trying to bring 2 stitches around 4 stitches and trying to knit them.

I tinked back.  I let it sit in time out for two days.  I tried again.  This time finishing the round.  And then trying to work the next round.

I am not happy.  I am not happy with how the green purl stitches show underneath the silver cabled knit stitches.  I am not happy with how much I have to struggle to work the stitches.  I am not happy with how long it takes to work one round.  And most of all, I am not happy that my arms and wrists hurt. (and I make a conscious effort to  not  squeeze the needles tightly which puts more stress on the arms and wrists)

So I ask you... why knit it if you are not happy?

Exactly!  So into the frog pond it goes.

7 comments:

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Good for YOU! Welcome to the FrogPond...I've been here awhile and it ain't too bad here on the Lily Pad...no socks needed!

JelliDonut said...

Life is just too short to knit patterns that make you unhappy. Good for you for knowing when to say when!

Mildred said...

I agree with JelliDonut, glad you knew when to quit. Tomorrow will be a better day.

Andrea said...

Better to be happy knitting than unhappy knitting. There was a pattern recently that I worked on, realized I hated it halfway through the first leg, and pulled it out. I felt liberated.

Margaret said...

Gotta be a happy knitter. That frog pond has some of my socks in it too!

SusanB-knits said...

Thanks everyone! I feel so much better now.

Daisy said...

I agree. No point in doing it if you're not having fun with it. Time to move on. :)