Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

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Not For The Faint Of Heart

Filed under: Daily Life,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 4:03 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2007

Be warned. This post contains graphic photographs of carnage and destruction. Those who are squeamish about fibery demolition may choose to look away now.

Remember the Carnival Glass Shawl? The one I found so many errors in, yet I boldly pressed forward?

I’ve been stalled on it for quite a while. I was working on the border – theoretically, the last portion of the shawl. I found yet another error. As I approached the center point stitch, the repeats in the border didn’t leave me the number of stitches to the center that they should have.

The shawl has been sitting in time-out ever since. I later discovered that Cherry Tree Hill has posted corrections for it, and boy, are they extensive.

I’ve been stewing about this in the back of my brain ever since. And yesterday, I came to a decision. I was unhappy with the process I’d gone through to knit the shawl – with all the errors, it was not enjoyable. I was annoyed to find that there were still more errors than I had found, even, which made the entire shawl as I had knit it questionable.

Simply put, I didn’t like it anymore.

So I came to the only conclusion I could.

Un-Doing: The Carnage BeginsUn-Doing - Near The EndUn-Doing: Back to the Yarn

I may yet knit the Carnival Glass Shawl someday. Or I may not. I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive the pattern at this point.

But the yarn is fully reclaimed, and I’ll spend a little time looking for a pattern that is better written and will be a joy to knit.

Sometimes, the wisest course in knitting is to completely un-knit. I know I feel better for it.

Meanwhile, the Rattie Sisters are feeling better, too. They normally have free run of the armchair I sit in – and by extension, free run of me – when I’m in the room. They have come to treat the armchair, and a little ottoman that sits next to it, as an extension of their own cage.

So much so, that they’ll stop for a mutual grooming session right in the chair, tucked in among the pillows by my left hip.

Sable and Star - Outdoor Grooming

Sable has pinned Star down, and is giving her a good all-over washing. Star is thoroughly enjoying the attention.

As for me, I think I’m feeling the effects of even my slight exposure to the weather and allergens yesterday. Achy all over, headache too.

I’ll be fine, though, so don’t worry. Just need a little rest to get over it. I’ll be staying home tonight instead of going to Panera, I’m afraid!

Take care, and thanks for dropping by again!



Comment by sarebear

June 28, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

Rated R for Really Graphic Knitting Carnage!!!

Girl, when you need to unwind a bit, you REALLY unwind! hee hee!

At first, I was like, EEEEEEeeeeEEEE my inspiration, in part, for starting to knit (not wanting to do that shawl in particular, but seeing what was possible, in the way of lace goodness with knitting), is gooooooone bye-bye! Lol.

But emotion has ALOT to do with knitting, and I know the feeling; I ended up frogging that scarf I was going to stick with, with all the YO’s in it. I learned what I needed to from that scarf, and I’ll practice my persistence with a more suitable project at a later time.

When the frog calls, the frog must be obeyed (hee hee!) I’m sorry the shawl was such a PITA for you, though; I think you can rest assured that they took a closer look at the pattern because of your emailing them your errata discoveries.

Me, I’ve gotta go swatch for the Pacific Waves Shawl (FINALLY! I finally ordered my kp options tips/cables lol)


Comment by Carrie K

June 28, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

Oh yes. There’s nothing more cathartic than reclaiming a knit that won’t work for whatever reason and one that’s been so recalcitrant? Gravy. Good for you.

Bathing in Public! Ach! lol.


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

July 15, 2007 @ 1:12 am

It’s always hard to do that, but you did the right thing. The yarn is beautiful and you’ll find a shawl pattern worthy of it!

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