Has it really been a month? I can’t believe how long I’ve gone without writing in here and I must sincerely apologize to all my readers (are you still around???) for the lapse in posts. I even got some nice emails and Rav PMs from some of you asking me if everything was okay, so that made me feel even worse! The reasons for my absence are many. Firstly I flew to California to visit family/friends and though I had a wonderful time it left zero time to get online! When I got back home a week and a half ago, I had all the good intentions of writing a post right away and explaining my then long-but-not-so-long-absence. But then the world got really crazy what with cleaning the house (my husband doesn’t clean at all while I’m gone… does yours?), celebrating hubby’s birthday, coming down with a stomach bug for a few days, and then trip planning (off to Brazil and Peru in two weeks!). The planning of the trip has been the worst! Booking tickets, getting a visa for the hubby, dealing with passport people (don’t even get me started on the four days of pure hell I’ve had over passport crap), getting in touch with family members for the visit, getting things ready for the dogs who will be staying with a dog sitter (a friend with 3 Havanese of her own – I’m sure they’ll have a blast!), and just trying to do all the last minute things required has been so beyond stressful.
Not that I’m not happy about taking a trip at all (I promise I’m not whining about the fact that we are taking a trip!), just that I really hate dealing with bureaucratic nonsense. Needless to say, I’ve been exhausted. And to top it all off I had a particularly depressing thing happen to me with my newest knitting project that it totally put me off from knitting for the last week or so. So I didn’t even have knitting to make me feel better! But now that the trip is coming together and I feel the stress being replaced by excitement, I think I’ve started thinking clearly again for the first time since my trip to California!
So about this knitting fiasco that really killed my knitting mood… I cast on for the new cardigan pattern that I feel head over heels in love with, Akoya, basically as soon as I saw it. I was so happy to be knitting it up and although I wouldn’t say it was flying off the needles (being in California seriously cut down on knitting time, of course), it was chugging along pretty well. And it was coming out so beautifully using the Brooks Farm Solo Silk that I bought at Rhinebeck last year (though don’t get me started on how annoyed I was when the first skein I used had six – yes SIX – knots in it!):
Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love the cable and lace pattern (I just heart cable+lace!) and it’s easier than it looks, too!
So I’m going along happily knitting on it. I’ve finished the body to the underarm and am knitting up the first sleeve when for some reason I look ahead to the yoke and am confused about the numbers I’ve boxed. Now, when I start knitting a pattern, I go through it first and box or highlight the part that deals with the size I’m making. And wouldn’t you know it that I boxed the ENTIRE pattern for the size that is one smaller than the one I should be making? I repeat, I did this EVERY SINGLE TIME. And since I thought I was doing it right, I never stopped to think about it until I saw the yoke section where she actually writes down the size and the number you’re supposed to be working. ARGH! I was SO upset I just threw down the sleeve I was working on and fumed over the fact that I made such a STUPID mistake. I was so so upset (obviously not just at the knitting – this was during my stressful time with the trip details, you see) and the thought of ripping the entire thing out was just too much to bear. And I just knew at the time that I had to rip it out. There was no other way around it. But I just couldn’t do it, I was that upset. In fact, I was so angry that I didn’t even pick up any other projects for the last week. I didn’t do any knitting. Not a single bit! So the project bag containing the sweater in progress just sat there in the corner of my living room neglected and alone. I swear I could feel it looking reproachfully at me but I just couldn’t bring myself to even open that bag, let alone rip the whole thing out!
Today was the first day when things started working out better for me this week and as such is the first day in a long time where I actually feel like I can think without breaking down into some sort of panic attack. And of course the answer came to me right away… I will make sure to block it tight (my gauge swatch I didn’t block tightly at all, so I know there’s lots of wiggle room there) and I will add 1.5 inches to each button band, which should give me the extra amount of inches I need to make it work. And just like that I was happy and things are good again! Which totally proved to me that you should never make impulsive decisions (like ripping out a whole sweater) when you’re upset and/or stressed. It never makes it better and giving it a day – or a week – of thought can make a world of difference! A lesson lived is a lesson learned, so to speak.
Now I’m looking forward to finishing up my cardigan and to work on my knitting projects once again. And consequently to write in this blog again! So I’m back and won’t be disappearing like that again any time soon, I promise you that! And just because I’m feeling generous and happy again, I thought this was a great time for a quick giveaway. I realize that I just had one for the move like two posts back, but dude this is my blog and if I feel like giving away a skein of Wollmeise, that’s what I’ll do!
Oh you didn’t know it was Wollmeise? Well it is! One lucky commenter will get this skein of Wollmeise Twin in Vamp (this color is so appropriately named, btw!):
I think it will make some awesome pair of socks or a really great eye-popping accessory to drape around your shoulders! To win the skein leave me a comment by Wednesday, March 30 letting me know one of your lessons lived. That way we can all benefit from your newfound wisdom! 😀
As usual, I will ship to anyone anywhere, so feel free to comment away, even if you live in Antarctica (do they ship things to Antarctica?). I can’t wait to read all your comments and to those of you waiting, I promise that I already have taken all the pictures I need for my Q&A about photographing yarn… and that post will be up very very soon! Promise! And now to get caught up on my blog reading… can’t wait to see what you all have been up to while I was brooding away. 😉