Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dear Knitting,

Why do I love you so when you frustrate me so much sometimes?

I cast on for Citron last night, 4 times that is.  I even held off on that pomegranate martini before casting on so that I wouldn't flub it up.  No matter, I just couldn't get it right.  I kind of got it, finally, on the 4th try, knit a few rows, and decided I had the wrong needle size.  Of course I didn't have the right one with me.  I decided to have that drink after all.  That, along with good conversation with friends, distracted me from my knit-fail, as well as from the Giants' first loss in the series.

Then I was back at it this morning.  First, I spent 30 minutes looking at finished Citrons on Ravelry and doubting my yarn choice entirely.  I couldn't find any FOs made from 100% silk like my Claudia Hand Painted Yarn.  Hmm, maybe it's the halo of the animal fiber yarns that is part of what makes the Citron so pretty. 
I decided then and there not to cast on for Citron this morning after all.  Maybe, if I finish more of my current WIPs first, which I should do anyway, I would have a clearer idea of which yarn I wanted to use.  But, against my better judgement, I still got up and found a smaller circular needle.  Again, I tried 3 times, and failed, 3 times, to get the shawl started.  It's like I was all thumbs!  I looked at Ravelry again.  There are over 5,200 finished Citrons!  I am not a beginning knitter!  And besides that Citron that Angie was wearing the other night was so beautiful!

So . . .
I kicked the cat off my lap.
I poured myself another cup of coffee.
I brought a bright lamp over and put on my reading glasses.

Finally . . .

Oh yeah, look how beautiful you are, that's why I love you so much.


  1. I was just thinking of casting on Citron with Sea Silk greyish purple! After I flubbed up my first sock toe this morning, and consequently decided to gift it as a single stocking for someone's pet this Christmas, I though it was time to cast on something new. But if you are having this sort of trouble, I don't dare (not in my state of mind). Maybe another Malabrigo "Just Enough Ruffles Scarf" is the way to go. Yes, some comfort knitting is just the ticket.

  2. It is going to be gorgeous! I think the silk you've chosen will give it a beautiful drape. Knitting is so crazy that you could have problems casting on this shawl (which did give me a little trouble too). When you regularly dye yarn, pick AND ALTER A PATTERN to your liking, knit, FINISH, block and wear multiple sweaters, socks, cardigans, hats, and scarves in a year! Knitting is a craft that keeps the mind working!

  3. It will be beautiful. The color is gorgeous. Maybe you need a couple of martinis and then you won't care so much? Just kidding!