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Knit, Frog, Knit, Frog…

So, over the last couple of weeks, I have started this shawl about 12 times now and knitted back I don’t know how many rows.  I am at the end of my last nerve with this pattern.  Here is what I have knitted back on the needles and have completed row 17.

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It is such a cute shawl, featured in the Creative Knitting magazine Wraps, Capelets & Cowls.  Looking at my knitting and the pattern, I don’t think I am doing it right, but can’t for the life of me, figure out what I am doing wrong.  It is just a bunch of yarn overs and K2tog and Make 1 stitches.  And I am afraid to go any further for fear of not coming up with the correct number of stitches at the end of the row…again.  The pattern is Roman Stripe, which I have never done before, but doesn’t seem to be difficult.  In fact, the pattern says it is for “A Confident Beginner” giving it a ease 2 rating out of 6.  I have been knitting for about 30 years, so I think I am beyond a confident beginner, but just can’t figure this one out. If anyone knows this pattern and can tell what I am doing wrong, I would greatly appreciate it.  On a side note…I LOVE the Addi Turbo needles!!  They glide so nicely and may just be my new favorite needles.  I give them an A+ rating.

In between knitting on this and waiting for threads and beads for Pixie Anne, I have picked Ella up again.  Here is where I left off last night:

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She still has a lot of yellow, but it is so much more relaxing than knitting on that shawl!  I am also still working on my craft room; adding things and organizing my supplies.  Having fun 🙂

So, have you ever just scrapped a project because it wasn’t coming out like you wanted or had been working on it too long and decided enough was enough?  I have done it once, and am seriously thinking about doing it again with this knitting project.

24 thoughts on “Knit, Frog, Knit, Frog…

  1. oh dear!!! I am sorry the capelet is giving you such trouble, it is very pretty! Can’t wait to see the craft room when you get it settled. 🙂 Ella looks lovely, by the way.

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  2. Wow. You have the patience of a saint. If I have to frog things more than once it’s gone. That’s it no more tries for you. Haha!

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  3. Awww .. I can’t relate to the knitting but I can relate to the frustration. I think I’d move on to another project and maybe give it another go sometime in the future when all the frustration has left my being completely 😀 If it still doesn’t come out right by then, it wasn’t meant to be. But the shawl sure looks cute and your choice of color is perfect! ❤

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  4. Its very pretty yarn and your knitting is great. But if its just a frustration………. 🙂 rather enjoy something else. Ella is beautiful. Huge project. Love her.
    Enjoy your craft room, it sure is pretty!
    And enjoy the upcoming weekend. Have a fun one. 🙂

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    1. You are right, Joey. I have put it aside for now. Until I get the courage to pick it back up and hold my breath through another row. If it doesn’t work out, then I will move on from it. Ella will keep me busy. All the hours I put into trying to knit that shawl could have gotten me so much further into Ella. I can’t wait to get the bottom half of her dress done. So many ruffles and folds and pretty flowers. I am still enjoying finding places to put things in my craft room. I have another ribbon shelf and some file folders coming today, so that will be fun to play with. I will be thinking of you this weekend while you are at the Expo having so much fun! Can’t wait to see what you find.

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      1. 🙂 I know the feeling. Sometimes a project just does not work for you. I have the same thing. I cut the pattern pieces for my Becky bear, and put them on the table for sewing, but just did not really pick them up. Each time I went for the knitting. I am not really getting the feel for the “fur” the kit came with. I am considering other “fur” now, I prefer the “old school” look with the longer mohair. I did buy new kits 🙂 in the meantime.
        Ella is stunning. Those ruffles and flowers are really going to make her dress. Its so satisfying to do a large project and see it develop.
        Love your craft room, its really great. You did a fabulous job with it. 🙂

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      2. Thanks, Joey. I have been creating some cards the last few days…in my new craft room! Still have an issue with the floor, so I have been sitting at the side desk until I can figure out what to do. Still adding stuff and organizing, too. As for the projects that just don’t catch our interest, we just have to let ’em go 🙂 At least until they call to us again.

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      3. Totally agree with you on those projects. 🙂 they will come back some day, its not like they are completely gone, just not happening now.
        I am sure you’ll get inspiration as well for the floor, it happens when you least expect it.
        Have a good day. 🙂

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  5. Sorry you are having a hard time with the knitting.
    Do you have a shop close by that maybe can help you?
    Ella is looking great, looks like you have most of the yellow done.
    She will be so pretty.
    Yes, I have scrapped a project that was just to irritating to continue on, or my taste has changed and no longer care for it.
    Marilyn

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    1. Good idea, Marilyn! I don’t have a shop that is real close, but I could plan a day to visit a shop and see if they can help me figure it out. I still have lots of yellow to go on Ella. It really is a big, beautiful gown she is wearing. But every stitch brings me that much closer 😉 I think we all have to allow ourselves to trash a project that is frustrating or not what it once was when we first started. It is a hard thing for me to do, but am learning it’s ok.

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  6. I can’t give any knitting advice, but I do love the color that you chose for your capelet! The stitching looks great. All of that yellow is sunny and cheery.

    Can’t wait to see updates on your craft room! I am living vicariously because I can only DREAM about having a dedicated craft room!! 🙂

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    1. It is pink, right 😉 I love the yarn, too and do hope I can get this pattern figured out. So much yellow can become drab and dreary, but so far I am ok with it 🙂 I had to wait until my boys moved out to get a craft room and even then I was nervous about doing it (I hear they come back, LOL) But hubby actually made it happen and I am so grateful for him. So when biggest goes off to college, don’t hesitate to turn that room into a craft heaven for yourself 😉

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  7. I agree I can’t give knitting advice, but you deserve a medal for sticking with it. I think the advice to find a knitting shop to have them help you is probably the best. Love the pink! Ella is just plodding along, huh. I have confidence you will finish her off in no time.

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  8. Your cross-stitch is coming along nicely. I can fully sympathise with the knitting though. I have trouble with any lacey stitch now when it would have been fairly easy years ago. So, I am afraid I don’t do ‘complicated’ any more. I stick to plain knitting and cables – I can cope with those. Te he. Good luck to you with the shawl, I really hope the pattern ‘clicks’ for you. It’s a lovely colour you are knitting too. Will be nice when completed. The person above who advised taking it to a knitting shop is a good idea as they may even have access to info on ‘failed patterns’. Good luck 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Mogsya. So far I am sticking with the cross stitch. I may venture out this week to a yarn shop to see if they can help. I did check to see if there were any corrections to the pattern and couldn’t find any. Did find a correction for another pattern in the book, but not the one I am working on. I definitely agree that sticking to simple is way less stressful.

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  9. HI Ginny,
    Sorry to hear you are having a hard time with the knitting.. My suggestion is to put those little stitch markers as you complete 1 set of pattern.. so it makes the counting easier.. and sometimes with YO.. we may get lost with all those extra stitches.. the stitch markers can be a life saver at times. 🙂 hope that helps 🙂

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