Friday, May 05, 2006

Size really does matter...

"A man may fall many times but he won't be a failure until he says someone pushed him."
-- Elmer G. Letterman

"I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that don't work."
-Banjamin Franklin

I was on the last row of my ponchette when I realized that it was way too small. Looking at the pattern my DH remarked, "Hon, you are using the 5s right?"

After I nodded he added, "That's for the centimeter needle. In the US sizes it calls for an 8."

"Well", I smiled, "At least we know what went wrong. It looks like I have some frogging to do."

So after dinner I sat at the frog pond and ripped all 23 pattern rows out (something like 240 actual rows)...knowing it was the right thing to do.

The old me might have tried to keep repeating until I had enough to wrap around me, but I knew that this was not something I wanted to do. What drew me to this pattern was the lace and the drape of the fabric. In my piece the lace while pretty, was closed and precise. It should be more open and airy,

So, I will begin again on my dear ponchette. This time I am armed with size 8 needles and I have learned one way not to make this pattern.

I hope to have it done for Sheep and Wool this weekend where I am entered in the lamb cook-off. But if I don't, well that's okay too. :)

Happy crafting,



Breien in Lansingerland said...

Good luck knitting them... I hope you finish them in time. Sheep and wool...sounds exciting. You have to share photo's of the cook-off, if possible?

rueyeet said...

Isn't that second quote Edison--that he'd found 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb?

But anyway. I really do admire your ability to take a spiritual lesson from having to rip something out. I usually just curse and cry. :D

Good luck cookin' up those delicious little lambs...*carnivorous sigh o' envy*