It’s been a bad knitting week 🙁

Do I mean a bad week to find time for knitting or that I’ve knit really badly? Unfortunately…Both! 😳

We have spent the last few weekends decorating our office at home. It really needed doing – we spend a great deal of time in there and it was frankly, depressingly shabby, dull and grim… It was a slog but worth the effort.

Unfortunately, in the little time I had left to knit, I was very tired…can you guess what happens when a very tired knitter tackles fairisle???

Huh? Can ya?

Yup – I screwed up 🙁

So. The body of Liliana is done, just the “easy” sleeves to knock out. They are plain red stocking stitch with a 5 row band of fairisle at the wrist – like this…

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Really not hard.

After whipping through the body, what could possible go wrong? I was looking forward to an “easy sleeve”…

I whizzed past the patten and halfway up the sleeve when I realised, those rows of plain black are one row each…for some unfathomable reason I had done two rows of black for each stripe. I consulted with the Guilty Knitters,

“It’s fine, just do the other sleeve to match….” I was persuaded. (Quite easily actually!)

Then I noticed – I had dropped a stitch in the fairisle section – two errors were more than I could accept so I ripped back and lost an entire morning’s knitting (I hate ripping back and wasting good knitting time!)

In the process, I managed disembowel my formerly centre pull ball of Kidsilk Aura and create this delicate mess that threatens to tangle every time I look at it.

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I started again  on the sleeve that evening….while tired…

I got this far…

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…and couldn’t work out why the pattern on the fairisle looked wrong, I had one less stitch than I thought I should have and there were a couple of odd looking stitches in the fairisle I couldn’t “wiggle” into place….

I had dropped a stitch in the same place…AGAIN!

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I’m ashamed to say, I had a serious knitterly tantrum.

I flung the erroneous sleeve across the room and haven’t looked at it for a week 😥  It has been a very long time since I’ve physically flung knitting 🙁

I usually restrict myself to some heartfelt swearing…

We’ve finished the office now. It’s a clean, fresh, duckegg blue and very tidy. I’m glad we did it – exhausting as it was.  I’ve even managed to reuse the curtains I blogged about making (with Mewsley’s help) a few years ago – Gasp! In 2007!!! 😯

I have tidy cupboards, made from cannibalising an old cupboard, reconfiguring it and adding some new parts and doors…

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Room for me and the lovely Ben to work at home (in front of the lovely curtains!)…

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And most importantly, Thug’s basket is back in his favourite spot, under the desks, by the radiator 😀

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Now that’s the office is finished- time to rip back that sleeve …again.

10 Responses

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  1. CraftyCripple
    CraftyCripple February 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm |

    How infuriating. But at least you now have a great home office!

  2. Tricia F
    Tricia F February 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm |

    I hate pulling back and it always takes me a while to restart once I have so I can understand you frustatration at having to do it twice. Great office though.

  3. arianwen
    arianwen February 21, 2011 at 8:14 am |

    How frustrating. Pulling back anything is a pain but, Kid silk??? I dont envy you!

  4. Terri (terdotty on rav)
    Terri (terdotty on rav) February 21, 2011 at 8:38 am |

    Great office – shame about the frogging – eek. Third time lucky I hope!

  5. Jo
    Jo February 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm |

    Hope the knitting goes better on the third attempt. I love your cupboards, I would never be able to have glass doors, they would show all my junk.

  6. josiekitten
    josiekitten February 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm |

    Oh no! Try putting it in the fridge first – I’ve heard that it makes it much easier to frog mohair as the fibres separate more easily. Good luck!

  7. florrie
    florrie February 27, 2011 at 8:21 am |

    Hi, just found your blog. Love the fairisle pattern but understand your frustration at having to rip back a mornings worth of knitting. I’ve had some silk kid haze in my stash for ages but have yet to knit with it………must admit that all that fuzziness slightly scares me.

  8. Lindy
    Lindy February 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm |

    How frustrating! I’d hate to loose that my time and effort!

    Great looking office though!


  9. alison
    alison March 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm |

    I hate it when that happens, but you know a tantrum now and then lets the knitting know your still the boss of it not the other way round.

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