Wednesday 14 January 2015

Knit wit

Decide to knit a simple stripy jumper for grand-daughter.
Choose pattern from pattern stash of three patterns.
(I just wanted to use the word stash.)
Send away to Laughing Hens for wool which is actually cotton.
Yarn arrives with commendable speed.
Belatedly check knitting needle situation.
Send away for circular knitting needle.
In the meantime cast on 77 stitches on ordinary needles.
Start knitting. Knit, knit, knit.
Find I have only cast on 75 stitches.
Rip it off. Start again.
Can hear Hens Laughing.
Cast on 77 stitches. Knit five rows. Knit, knit, knit.
Drop a stitch. Split the cotton while trying to retrieve it
from two rows away.
Rip it off and start again.
Knit seven rows. The word knit is beginning to look odd.
Find I have only got 74 stitches on needle.
Rip it all off.
Watch a programme about the scientific approach to dieting.
Decide I am an Emotional Eater tonight.
Knitting has upset me.
Open a bag of Lebkuchen left over from Christmas.
They are stale.
Hens bent double, tears streaming down their cheeks.
Realise I need group support
as recommended in programme.
Write a sympathy seeking post.
Wait for virtual commiserations.


  1. As my granny used to say at almost any provocation, "Life is sent to try us"! Virtual commiserations from wet and windy West Wales anyway!

  2. Lovely post. Can't be good at everything. Origami, taking photos of seals, lots of beautiful work there. However, I find knitting frustrating. It's crochet all the way for me. So much quicker and easier to sort out when things don't go to plan. Aren't we all emotional eaters?

  3. well that jumper will look super in the end, imagine that smile of grand-daughter.

    hens do have very small brains you know ;)

  4. Sue speaks the truth. There really is always something, some little thing. Stitch count, guage, missing that one needle size, and even dye lot variances.

    Do keep going! xo

  5. Commiserations! Oh those leftover Christmas goodies - I don't even miss them if they are not in the house. Should have given them away. Just like the knitting, start again....

  6. I could have written this! Not so elegantly, I grant you, but our style of knitting is much the same, and then, when the hundred-times-knitted yarn starts to look decidedly tired, give it up "for now", put it in the knitting basket, and forget about it for several years. By which time the pattern has gone missing. Or one of the needles.

    Online shopping is so much easier.

  7. Awwwwwwwww.

    (Grand-daughter arrived safe and well yesterday. Now, where are those knitting needles............).

  8. But she is a dainty little one; surely 74 stitches, or 75, will do just fine?

    1. Well you'd think so but there are only 5 stitches between the size for 3-6 months and 6-9 months and she is growing fast.

  9. Replies
    1. It's a Debbie Bliss one in a book.

    2. Baby Cashmerino - Single Stripe sweater.

  10. Would those lost stitches really have made such a difference - could you not have increased on one or two rows? Good luck with the rest of it anyway.

    Love the shadowy Teazle.

  11. It's true. I had a pair of 3mm, five pairs of 3 1/4, two of 3 3/4, but none of 3 1/2

  12. This post illustrates exactly why I do not attempt knitting.

  13. I'm embarrassed to admit that it's a couple of weeks since I popped by. I wonder do you have a jumper now? Or are you sending out for more Lebkuchen?