Thursday, November 09, 2006

I am NOT a frogger

What the flip....

I'm thinking today, while I'm working, that the reason I haven't knit a lot on Starsky lately is because I'm tired and just don't want to think anymore by the time I get to my my hour or so of knitting time at night... so most nights lately I've just sat there and veged, because I don't have the brain cells left for even a simple cable pattern.

So then I think.... I'll just work on some mindless part, like the belt. Yeah, the belt is gonna take forever anyway, so I might as well get a start on it and I can knit it in the car, or at night if I'm too tired to tackle the charted parts.

oy, oy, oy.... I'm my own worst enemy. This is one of those two-needle-size patterns..... for the body and sleeves you cast on with the larger needles, etc, and the belt uses the smaller needles. So, I go into my needle case to get the 9's for the belt and - WHAT THE FLIP!? - they're not there. Yes.... I've been using the stinking 9's instead of 10's the whole time.

So now, one whole back and two sleeves into the project I decide to recheck my gauge, which was perfect in my swatch. (why does swatch now sound like a four letter word to me - I'm with all of you who are in the "swatches lie" camp).

Yeppers, my gauge is off. I'm getting 20 stitches to 4" instead of 16. The sweater will be smaller than it's supposed to be.

Holy Poo on Toast - I am NOT ripping this out and starting over. I know many of you would. I read it in you blogs. Some of you will even rip out a whole garment and knit the whole thing AGAIN to get gauge. I don't even understand people like you - no offense intended, but there's no flipping way - No.Way.

I am not one of you. I would rather stab my eyes out with a DPN than RE-knit. Not gonna happen. I will blindly keep knitting and hope for the best. I will justify and tell myself that I was between sizes (I was), and opted for the larger size, so it may all be fine in the end. I will tell myself that even though the numbers haven't budged in the last few weeks, I have exercised myself into a smaller jean size, so I'm on my way down and the sweater will fit in a few months when I'm thinner. I'll block this sucker to within an inch of it's life... I'll pretty much tell myself any lie that keeps me knitting a possible failure. But I won't frog and start over. I just don't have it in me.

I will cry and give it away to a tiny person before I will frog and re-knit.

Seriously, what a gol' darned bone head. How hard is it to read "with the larger size needles, cast on..... blah, blah, blah" Who even knows at this point what size I knit my gauge swatch on.

Ya know what - I am NOT a frogger, it is what it is... and I'm gonna knit my stoopid mindless belt tonight during Grey's Anatomy. Because at this point that's all I trust myself to do.

36 Comments:

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Rebekah said...

I am not a frogger typically either. My sweater of insanity is way to small, so small even at my smallest size ever I doubt it'd still fit, but it'd fit my sister, so I"ll give it to her.

It's a very nice looking sweater at least.

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Areli said...

I am hoping everything will work out, reknitting all that sweater would be pretty darn discouraging! Anyways, it's looking beautiful, the cables are gorgeous.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Karen said...

I hear you!!! I've just gotten to the point where I can frog a sock gone wrong - even if I've knit to the heel. But a sweater - no way I'll ever by that strong. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it will all work out for you yet!!

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger keohinani said...

oh my...can't you block it to size? no? :(
ouch.

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger mishabomb said...

Agreed! Blocking may do wonders... and then there's always the "I'm knitting for charity" route... someone in need of a beautiful hand knit cabled sweater?

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger jillian said...

I am right there with you! I wouldn't rip out a whole project if my life depended on it! And DRAT - i feel pain for you.

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

Ugh!

But the sweater is divine. I'll take it off your hands (or, I'll frog it for you when you're not looking so it doesn't hurt so much).

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous LC said...

aaaahhh! I feel your pain!

I'm afraid in your position, I'd be gifting it to..oh, maybe DD2, or one of her darling cousins.

Gaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!(I'm still feeling your pain!)

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Barb said...

Oh no! Oh no, oh no, oh no! That sounds so much like something I'd do ... continue in denial because it's just too awful to think that silly mistake is going to make a difference in the end. And I just knit simple scarves!!

Don't frog. Keep knitting and block the heck out of it. It'll be fine. Argh! Still feeling your pain too! Ouch, rats, TARTAR SAUCE!

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Sniff... sniff... I feel your pain! Here's my advice... put it away out of sight! The sweater, the yarn, the belt... all of it.

Then go cast one for a new pair of socks or work on Sizzle (heck, it doesn't look like we're even going to see Starsky weather here any time soon!)

Then some day, some day, you will be able to look at Starsky more obectively, measure and make a decidedly less emotional decision than you could right now!

At least, that's what I would do... and have done :)

 
At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

Oh, that's so sad. I'm sorry. Does it make you feel better to know that I do things like use the wrong needles, too>

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger opportunityknits said...

I would probably do the same, finish it and hopefully it will block to my size. By the way, it's lovely.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

I wouldn't rip that sucker out either...even if it meant having to give the thing to someone else and not enjoy my own work myself.

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mary said...

I'm with you on not re-knitting. Frogging yes! Re-knitting no! Because I am a kindhearted soul who wants to help a knitter in need, I volunteer to take the completed Starsky off your hands, if it's too small. heh heh heh sneaky aren't I?

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Marsha said...

Send it to me - I would gladly frog it for you - mwahahahah (standing with one hand on hip and the other madly frogging your sweater on the ball winder while chuckling wickedly)- oops, sorry. Sybil came out for just a second...

 
At 4:21 AM, Blogger Mercy's Mama said...

You can do it! You will fit into the sweater! I made the assumption that I would be a smaller size by the time I finished my cabled sweater... and it looks like I may be too small, or my gauge is too big. I just can't seem to win. Oh, well. I will hope that I can finish it soon to try on. Then I might have to give it to someone (wince).

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger Eileen said...

I'm with you. When I just crocheted I ruthlessly tore things apart when I knew they were wrong. It was easy--it was usually something small. NOw that I'm knitting I find it unbearably painful to frog. Perhaps it is because it takes me four times as long to knit something as it does to crochet it. Or perhaps because it's so gosh-darn hard to pick up the stitches. I guess I'm just lazy. Or maybe I'm not as anal-retentive as I used to be. Wishing you much luck and hoping it fits perfectly after blocking.

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Donna Boucher said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. What a bad day of knitting.

Character.
You're building character.

Pshaw.

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Uh-oh... Oh, that really stinks. I don't like frogging either, although oftentimes I end up doing it, cursing the entire time.

 
At 6:54 AM, Blogger Sharon in Ireland said...

Oh your poor thing. I'm so with you on not frogging - I know it's something I should do but I never can. I lie to myself - tell myself that that the mistake is just my little bit of personalisation, some projects have a lot of personalisation!!! Good luck with finishing it. It's looking great by the way.

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Sonya said...

I 'm with you. Just keep knitting! It'll be fine.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Jen said...

ouch. I'm sorry about the gauge thing. Did you calculate out how big it will be and see if maybe some lucky family member, daughter or niece, will fit that size?

I think you should distract yourself for a little while with another project until you decide what to do with it.

 
At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Lynne said...

I'm very sad for you. What if you knit the front pieces on the 9's and did them in the larger size?

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger rachface said...

I agree... keep knitting and see how it comes out. Blocking will do wonders. I am currently knitting a starsky in the XL size. I used size 10 needles and if I had the heart to rip the sweater out and redo it I would knit it on 9's or 9.5's because it is coming out much larger than I think it should, and I've pretty much got the gauge called for in the pattern. I already will have to be reknitting the sleeves... I just don't have the heart to rip out the back and fronts again!

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Cynthia said...

I am sooo sorry : (

Now, I hope I don't get into too much trouble, but...well, the swatch might not have lied- if you knit it on the tens. And, on the frogging bit, well, you like to knit, right? When this project is done, you will start another, right? So, what difference does it make if it's the same project re-made or a new project??? I mean, you could have it fit you! What I would do, I am just saying as I just faced this dilemma with Hourglass, is finish it up and then wash/block, etc without weaving in the ends and if it's too small- FROG!! Just think it could fit you : ) Good luck.

Good luck!!

 
At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Mary-Kay said...

Hoo Boy Lynda. I'm sooo sorry. (insert "shoot, darn, toot, man alive" or whatever bad word is aloud in your famiy household) I'm totally known for making mistakes like that. I don't read ahead, Or I miss something so easy like that.

I feel your pain. I really do. Goooooood Luuuuuuck!

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Dysfunctional Knitter said...

The sweater looks amazing already just laying there on the floor. I would love to take it off your hands for you. I hope you can fix it. I refuse to frog..only a few necessary rows...but nothing else!

 
At 6:06 AM, Blogger KnitPastis said...

I am so with you on the frogging. I would just assume give it away. Maybe if you were to block it and stretch it like I had to do to some of my socks, it might work. It looks so nice.

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

been there, done that - more than once!! here's hoping blocking will save the day. then i'll live vicariously through you while i decide whether to frog my sweater or block it to death!

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger Cherice said...

As a rule I am not a frogger either, it's easier to gift the non fitting project to someone that it will fit. That said I just ripped out a sock because I don't know anyone with feet as narrow as this sock was. I ripped it out and went up a needle size and if it doesn't work I'm going to call it an odd colored Christmas sock (it's gray tweed)

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Nery said...

Goodness that was funny to read! I would hate to frog that much too and it HAS happened to me! Guess what?? If it doesn't fit you can send it to me!!! LOL

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger mamma said...

Cling to hope. Blocking may help. It's magical like that. Plus Starsky is meant to have 8 inches of ease in it. You may end up with a more close fitting sweater than originally intended (maybe an inch of ease) but that means it will still fit :) I will be watching the Saga of Starsky closely.

 
At 12:51 AM, Blogger miss88keys said...

You have me thinking ..

If you can't block your sweater to size AND I lose about a million inches and your Starsky would fit me ... hmmm...

BAD KRISTIE!!!

I sure hope by some miracle it all works out. I'd frog a hat & maybe half a sock but NEVER an entire sweater.

 
At 7:05 AM, Anonymous gina L said...

Hi Lynda, I am right there with you. I knit most things for other people. Sometimes it just depends on who it will fit. I have faith that it will all work out and I just keep knitting.

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Holy Poo on Toast" ?????????

I spit out my cocoa laughing at that one *grin*

LOVIN those cables though. Can you believe I've never knit a cable. But I will. Oh yes, I will!

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

urgh! "Knit with larger needle size" should be in bold or even a different color on a pattern!
Remember the sweater I frogged a month or so ago? I would have finished it if I had enough yarn too! Stupid Gauge.

 

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