I’m not much of a sharer as far as things going on, and I figured I’d post a list of 5 random fact about me, so you may get to know me, Jamie, the incredible knitastrophe maker, better. (Pun intended)
1) I am married with 2 kids and 2 mixed rescues dogs that are pretty much my other kids
2) I have never had surgery before, and will be getting my first one done next month. Nothing major, just a terribly deviated septum.
3) I’m allergic to strange things. Watermelon, bananas, black pepper. Alpaca and mohair 😭 … I was seriously angry finding those 2 out.
4) The only other family member who knitted was my grandmother who died when I was 5, so I never had anyone to learn any sort of fiber craft from. I taught myself from books and YouTube videos to crochet first, followed by knitting and slowly working my way through spinning and weaving. So in a way I feel close to her even though I never got to know her, but through stories and photos.
5) 9 years. That is the length of time (almost) that I’ve been a stay at home mom. This means that my conversation skills have dropped from interesting to baby talk, back up to preschool aged. I really haven’t had much conversation outside of fiber arts and family. Which is part of the reason I started blogging. You can only talk to so many people before they get bored with knitting or scared away by incessant sheep chatter.
Finally making headway on this project and I’m super happy that I’ve manage to finish off the end of clue 5 and the whole of 6 today… Now for 7 and the finishing. My project depression is finally lifting and the excitement is back. I could burn some serious midnight oil on this if I didn’t have my husband dragging me to bed blithering about responsibilities, kids, dogs, and all those early morning routine things.
I can say that I’m a fairly fast paced learner. I move quickly and prefer to keep a steady pace. I’ve been rushing too many things lately, and that has become apparent. I’ve had to relearn patience. It’s a dreadful child’s task, or so it seems. I keep trying to work faster than I should, trying to skip through the lacework on my Downton Abbey MKAL. I’ve frogged more rows than I’ve progressed and taken a longer break than I wanted to. I refuse to be impatient. I thought I had slowed down enough the first time I had to tink back, but surely that wasn’t the case. So I finally caved and threw in a lifeline. As much as I hate doing them, its definitely a time saver. I have so much to catch up on now, I feel like I’ve let a pile of string get the better of me, but reality is, I needed a reminder to slow down.
Lacework is easy for some people, but man does it make me wish I actually drank or smoke, or had some particular vice that people had when their patience ran out. 🍷 I gave up the bad habits for migraines and yarn, go figure. Hopefully I will be caught back up by the weekend, and be finished or close to by the end of the month. That’s my goal. There, I said it, no takesy backsies.
The last few days have been spent carefully ripping out the 8 rows of cc and putting in a life line, prepping myself to do a count and dive back into clue 5 so I can get 5 and 6 done. I will confess that lace work and I do not agree very well. I had my count on track, but it didn’t look a thing like what everyone else was showing off. So poor Edith’s secret and This DAM(NED)KAL will be delayed a bit further. My right hand seems to have seized up from all this knitting and unknitting and is begging for a vacation. Tonight I am hoping to catch a break and gather my motivation and get this mkal back in order. I managed to snag a bunch of baskets at the store this weekend to contain the mess of yarn that seems to fall out every time I rearrange the yarn cave. We’ve had a few 60+ degree days lately and I guess my mind has been more keen on planning the garden with winter slipping away.
This week my Downton Abbey MKAL has given me hell to no end. I’ve tinked and tinked and tinked again. The stitch counts always off by 1. Exactly 1. My migraines haven’t been under control very well and they have a hair trigger of sheer annoyance. It’s royally aggravating. I actually gave up and took a break from trying to fix it and found some of my grown up print out coloring pages and broke out the coloring pencils. Great frustration reliever.
I found another lace shawl that I had been working on and frogged it due to faulty instructions. Gathering project notes from others I got to work again only to start again over and over and over and over. Then my hand and wrist started acting up. Needless to say, it’s not my week. But I managed to find time torturing the dogs with pictures while I was unmotivated otherwise.
The first 3 clues were pretty mindless after getting past the cast on.
Last weekend’s clue was a game changer. One that took away the monotonous garter stitch.
I made it to row 12 before I realized that I had screwed up at least twice and frogged back to the beginning of row 3, where it began. It took one day to make that mess, 4 to get the motivation and tink it back. Tedious. I actually looked at it with pure disgust for the first time since I started the damkal. I never thought that would happen. There had to be a patience with the unknitting, and thus I only worked on it when I could fully commit to it. (More in fear of royally effing it up and having to start all over than anything)
So what else have I been doing while avoiding this mess you might ask?
Helping thing 1 with her solar system project.
Helping thing 2 make his minion valentine box.
Working on a tote bag I will be fulling if I ever finish it, and get all this dog hair out of it… Lol! Now I really need to be more productive and finish folding the laundry.
So l will leave you with this: