Tuesday, June 13, 2006


In an effort to not sound to pathetic, I am in despair. Yesterday I lost the entire shawl to a huge error on my part-over confidence and slippery stitches on the needle. It happened in a heartbeat. To make a long story short, I became over-confident and took out my lifeline because it was driving me crazy, always getting in the way. About an hour later, you guessed it! I accidentally dropped 6 or 7 stitchess off the needle and couldn't recover. I tried for an hour to either pick them back up or insert a lifeline severals rows down and rip down to that. Nothing worked. As my frustration and grief grew, I knew I just had to put it away. So....today I will try one more time. If that doesn't work, I will start over with different yarn. I'm not giving up, just realizing that some lessons in life really hurt. Oh well, all things happen for a reason.
Sue J.


Blogger Lark said...

Despair seems hardly a worthy word for your current plight Sue. It hurts to read your frustration. I agree that working for hours to repair missed stitches is a work of heart. Lace is not very forgiving and DIFFICULT in my opinion to even label what is a stitch and what isn't once it's off the needle. Don't lose heart. If you do end up using a different yarn and starting over, just think how quickly it will come together because you know the pattern so well by now.... Ah, yes, we must find the silver lining....Take heart, Lark

5:41 AM  
Blogger Sue J. said...

Thanks so much, Lark. Makes me feel better already. And you are right that the second time through will go faster, except for when I am inserting those lifelines! No more getting cocky for this kid.
Sue J.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Margie said...

Sue, Can I ever relate to your plight! I, too, have thought of pulling that life line because it does get annoying. I am so sorry that you have to start over. Know that I will be thinking of you todayw hen I sit down to knit on mine....and like Lark said, you know the pattern well so in no time should it begin to take shape and you will be well on your way...

6:49 AM  
Blogger Margaret Pittman/Heritage Yarns said...

Lark, I'm so sorry as I have had that happen. I would hate for you to give up on your lovely shawl just yet. If you have time this morning, in the cool of the morning with a cup of coffee outside, sit and relax. Then take a fine tapestry needle and "pick up" each stitch off the life line and place on the needle. You should be able to count total stitches and stitches on the ends to discover where you are. Plus you will be able to see right or wrong side. Morning light and a night's sleep should help. So sorry. Hang in there.


7:08 AM  
Blogger fiberfanatic said...


I can relate, really I can! It took three starts to get my shawl to completion. But, I was able to do it! You will be able to do it too!

If you do start over with a more forgiving yarn, that is fine so long as you will be happy with the finished product. And yes, the second time around WILL be easier, because your hands will know the pattern.


2:21 PM  

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