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Frogging. And Then More Frogging.

Oh man. I may be in the middle of working myself into a tissy over trying to make waaay to many things for our wedding oh yeah and trying to finish grad school in the next couple of months and what the heck is wrong with me why can’t I just make simple choices and say no to myself but I want to do ALL THE THINGS and there just aren’t enough hours in the day so I use night hours too but there aren’t enough of those and I really have to sleep sometimes even if I’ve become a complete caffeine addict again because Adam will tell you that I’m really not as pleasant of a person as I could be if I’m not getting enough sleep and I really do try and be pleasant most of the time even if I am more than a bit of a misanthrope I’m a friendly misanthrope if only I was better at not being manic when I’m stressed out oh man.

mistake in knit lace shawl

Since a wedding is a ceremony that brings together family and friends, I want to honor my family for their love and support during our upcoming wedding. So I decided that I would knit a lace shawl for all four of my mother figures – my mom, ┬ámy stepmom, my godmother, and Adam’s mom – to wear to our wedding. Which is a fair bit of knitting. I picked four different patterns and four different yarns to keep from going nuts doing the same thing over and over again. But, I’ve made two GIGANTIC mistakes so it looks like I will be repeating my knitting regardless of if I want to or not. Major, major lamesauce.

mistake in knit lace shawl 2

In the shawl I’m knitting for Adam’s mom, I seem to have added an extra branch point that is not in the center of the shawl. I have absolutely no idea how I managed to do so, nor how I managed to continue to knit for so very long after making the mistake without noticing it, but I did. I had knit 34g of yarn over 22 hours but had to frog it back to 14g of yarn. That means I ripped out 13 hours of knitting. In the shawl I’m knitting for my stepmom, I seem to have only bought half the yarn I needed of a discontinued colorway that I was completely unable to track down again (and only realized that I did so after knitting almost all of the skein of yarn), so I had to rip out all 23 hours of knitting I had done and start over with different yarn.

That means that this month featured 36 HOURS of wasted knitting. I am seriously, seriously frustrated with myself right now!

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  1. If I was one pf your four mother figures I would tell you to stop this madness immediately and concentrate on your poor man and yourself!

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  2. Oh, that seriously sucks. Perhaps you can try finding someone that still has the discontinued yarn hidden in their stash who’s willing to part with it? No idea how difficult that would be but might be worth a try?

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      I tried! Believe me I tried! But the dye lot is super variable so even if I spent more time and energy and was able to track it down, no guarantee that it would match well enough to use. I found the same colorway in a different weight yarn at my LYS and it was a completely different color which was pretty discouraging…

  3. Erin honey – deep breath. All your wonderful supportive moms will love you just as much with out receiving a hand-knitted garment. Maybe make them for Christmas – after grad school and the wedding are over? PUH-leeze try to ENJOY your wedding planning and the actual day instead of making yourself crazy.

  4. The knitting for others is a lovely idea – but probably now is the wrong time! Why not make each a much smaller item for the wedding – a corsage or …. fabric purse… or something that is not so demanding of your time and attention – but **equally** speaks of your love and regard for them…. I have learnt the hard, hard way that the notion we can (and should) DO and HAVE it all is foolish – priorities are important. If you focus on the smaller issues, which perhaps seem either more ‘do-able’ OR more interesting/ enticing in the short term, the larger goals that have greater, long term impact, but which may be more challenging to start, are neglected. Whenever I phone my brother, who lives a long distance away, for a long social chat, he always asks me what it is that I *should* be doing at that time – the joys of ‘displacement activity’ !! [In fact, I am reading blogs and writing this when I *should* be finishing an important research paper – so I’ll take my own advice and get back to it! Good luck with your plans and activities over the next few months…]

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      I totally hear what you’re saying. I have prioritized my gigantic wedding DIY list so that I’ll be able to cull things as I fall farther and farther behind from my goals. And finishing grad school is still a first priority. But it’s so much easier to know that something is good advice than to actually follow said good advice, right?

  5. 36 hours — that is a lot of time, given everything you are doing! I love the idea of the shawls — even though you lost time, you’ll recover soon. Weddings are such a crazy time. I remember coming up with so many creative ideas — and later regretting that I ever went down the slippery slope of trying to turn those ideas into reality before the wedding. All of the stress I ended up feeling erased the fact that it should have been a happy time! Recently, I found a glue gun in the back recesses of one of our closets. I sat for quite a while trying to remember why I had a glue gun — then it hit me — I used it for the wedding!

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  6. Oh, Erin, slow down! I know it’s hard when you have so many amazing ideas, but these wedding plans sound exhausting, and when you add grad school to it… I have a hard time even thinking about that, my memories are still too fresh! I agree with the others here, your mother figures would tell you to stop in an instant!

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      I think I actually am doing okay in balancing things. I certainly have my manic moments, but I’ve told myself that if I can’t get things done then I will be okay with it.

  7. You are certainly busy, talented, enthusiastic and well-intentioned. I used to knit during turtorials many years ago and one prof commented that he didn’t mind but it did bring to mind the French Revolution. Have you considered perhaps making a simpler shawl on bigger needles? There are a gazillion patterns out there and some of them take very little yarn. Because of the warm weather you don’t need warmth now just the thought and symbol, that leaves time for a more intense shawl for warmer weather like Christmas time. I knitted lace weight on 8mm needles and it looked like gossamer. Take care and may all your dreams come true.

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      Thanks for the thoughtful ideas. Fortunately, I’ve got myself back on track and I think I’ll have them all done by the wedding. And, now that I’ve graduated I’ve got a lot more free time so it’s sure to happen!

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