On the verge of tears
September 04, 2008
I can't tell you how many f-bombs flew from my mouth today. I lost count after the first thirty. Seriously, there is a reason that this sweater is called the tangled yoke.
I have spent about five hours trying to master the first four rows of the cable pattern. Tangling the yoke and then untangling the yoke. I finally gave up and ripped back to the decrease row. My mind is numb and my wrist hurts so I think I am going to crawl on to the couch tonight, wine in hand, bundled in my quilt and watch some Project Runway on Tivo. Then maybe, just maybe, I will attack this sucker again tomorrow.
tomorrow is another day - take a good night sleep (read just once the cable pattern before going to bed, you might dream about it and find what's bothering you)
and tomorrow after a good cup of coffee start again....
Posted by: karen in Toronto | September 04, 2008 at 05:44 PM
Oh, dear. I wish I was of some help in the knitting department. I think your plan for the evening sounds like a good way to shake it off and start fresh tomorrow. Enjoy a little peace.
Posted by: Linn | September 04, 2008 at 06:40 PM
Sometimes, we need to just step away from the project. Coming back to it later will definitely give you a better perspective because you will be fresh and insightful. I wish you the best in completing the tangled yoke part. It is looking great so far!
Posted by: Rosa | September 04, 2008 at 06:41 PM
Oh drat. I was about to pull that one back out - I'm in exactly the same place as you are. Now I don't want to anymore. Maybe we'll do it together tomorrow and hold each other's hands via email.
Posted by: Sarah Jackson | September 04, 2008 at 06:42 PM
I am just glad to hear I'm not the only one prone to dropping f-bombs over things like knitting.
and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who calls them f-bombs. ;)
Posted by: rachel | September 04, 2008 at 06:52 PM
Dude, you are so not alone on this. I've been knitting for a million years and when I knit that cardi I threw it down in frustration again and again. I started it *last year* and I'm just finishing it this week. (I hope.)
Posted by: Nadia Lewis | September 04, 2008 at 07:08 PM
Uh oh! Yes, take a break and try again tomorrow. Which pattern are you using so I know to avoid it?
Posted by: anina | September 04, 2008 at 07:14 PM
I had the same problem starting those cables!
They are kinda counter-intuitive when you start them.
We out here are feeling your mental pain, if not your physical pain.
Take it easy
Posted by: Jess | September 04, 2008 at 07:24 PM
oh, my. i know exactly how you feel. you will enjoy project runway. it was a good one.
Posted by: amy | September 04, 2008 at 07:40 PM
Oh girl, I cannot even imagine. The f-bomb is flying over here, just based on a few little dishrags, let alone a whole freakin' garment that contains the word "tangled."
You are a wonder.
And um, scoot over okay, cuz wine and Project Runway sounds DIVINE!
Posted by: Stefani | September 04, 2008 at 07:48 PM
Don't know enough about knitting to offer any help, but frustration and I go way back, so I feel your pain. Enjoy the distance and the break and return to triumph another day!
Posted by: Natalie | September 04, 2008 at 07:50 PM
aww sorry you are so frustrated! That happens to me all the time! :) Go kick back, relax and tackle it later.
Posted by: Blayne | September 04, 2008 at 08:41 PM
Bless your heart. So frustrating I know. Enjoy the wine and RELAX!
Posted by: brandy | September 04, 2008 at 08:53 PM
Oh, yuck! Hang in there - you'll get through it! :0)
Posted by: Charity | September 04, 2008 at 09:16 PM
I wish I could help, but that one is a bit too complex for me! Don't give up!
Posted by: Amy | September 04, 2008 at 10:01 PM
ugh. I have totally been there. Sleep on it. You will probably look at the pattern tomorrow and it will just click. Good Luck!
Posted by: tricia | September 04, 2008 at 10:03 PM
oh honey. sending you big hugs.
Posted by: emily | September 04, 2008 at 10:05 PM
I have all the confidence in the world that you will overcome the tangled yoke. I LOVE the color.
Posted by: amandajean | September 04, 2008 at 10:09 PM
Oh gosh... yeah, people think knitting is all peaceful and good granny like... riiiight! Well, I hope the frustration levels and you can attack it with a fierce resolve tomorrow :o)
Posted by: Linnea | September 04, 2008 at 10:14 PM
oh shoot. wish we could have coffee in the morning and get you on the way to tangling!!!
Posted by: leslie | September 04, 2008 at 10:20 PM
Erin, You're so not alone. I also ripped the first four (maybe three) rows of this part of the pattern about a million times before throwing it down in disgust about six months ago. I don't know if I'll pick it up again except that so much work already went into the blame thing! Good luck when you try again.
Posted by: Louise | September 04, 2008 at 10:42 PM
oh, sweetie. sorry about that.
that's why i'm waiting to learn to knit - till... later.
Posted by: kirsten | September 04, 2008 at 11:49 PM
Uh Oh! Don't tell me that!!!! I'm about to start it!
Posted by: Nell | September 05, 2008 at 12:42 AM
I want to knit and can't even figure out how to start without quitting in sheer frustration! I am no idiot but I can't seem to follow simple knitting instructions designed for a child. You will be just fine!
I have been reading your blog for a while now and love it! Thank you! Karen
Posted by: Karen in VA | September 05, 2008 at 01:34 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think hobbies are supposed to be fun!....te he he
Posted by: asnipofgoodness | September 05, 2008 at 01:42 AM
Good luck tangling that yoke today!
Posted by: Anna | September 05, 2008 at 01:53 AM
TOTALLY dig that color!
Man, with so many people cursing the same pattern, it must be a real bear!
Someday, when I know how to knit, remind me NEVER to do this pattern.
Posted by: caroline | September 05, 2008 at 06:23 AM
Oh goodness, I have SO been there! Step away. Sip Wine. Come back later!
Posted by: geek+nerd | September 05, 2008 at 08:23 AM
i can't tell you how many times george has asked, "why do you knit if it is so frustrating?"
and i respond, through clenched teeth, "i really love knitting."
but sometimes it is a real son of a bleep.
Posted by: molly | September 05, 2008 at 09:05 AM
Hang in there. People complain about this sucker a lot -- but the resulting sweater is really gorgeous! You can do it!
Posted by: Grace | September 05, 2008 at 09:55 AM
Walk away.. come back some time later.. it'll be fine :)
Posted by: Tracy | September 05, 2008 at 10:05 AM
Oh no! Sending positive knitting thoughts your way!
Posted by: Felicia | September 05, 2008 at 11:06 AM
Don't cry! You are so talented and your work so far is beautiful. It will come along, just be patient. You did the right thing by taking a break. There is nothing more comforting than cozying up under a lovely comfy quilt with a big fat glass of wine and watching Project Runway. You see them? They have their moments too.
I know you can "make it work!" :)
Posted by: Lauren | September 05, 2008 at 01:53 PM
oh dude. Our evenings may have started differently, but it sounds like they ended pretty much the same. :)
The yarn is pretty at least. Sending you good knitting vibes.
Posted by: Tracy | September 05, 2008 at 02:14 PM
Oh no! I know you're going to get it right and you'll be modeling that beauty soon!
Posted by: tiennie | September 05, 2008 at 02:22 PM
for one thing - your knitting always turns out amazing (tangled yokes or not). it will come. the decision to take a breather under the quilt sounds just right. repeat as needed. :)
the other thing - that yarn looks perfect for a sweater. i love it.
Posted by: kristin | September 05, 2008 at 03:15 PM
oooh i know just how you feel...i hit the wine wed afternoon after a nightmare quilting session. hang in there...you can do it!
Posted by: jacquie | September 05, 2008 at 03:40 PM
you're already stuck with it longer that I could have!
happy weekend, friend!
Posted by: molly | September 05, 2008 at 05:05 PM
I don't care what anyone says - cables suck. And if they are made to look "tangled" meaning no orderly row repeats, then that is just insanity producing.
Sweetie, put it down and go here -
glean some tips and moral support. A whole thread devoted to it.
Posted by: Sonya | September 06, 2008 at 12:36 AM
Oh dear, hope you manage to get it sorted out. I have only done a few rows of mine and it is peacefully sleeping in my stash! I can feel your frustration, all that knitting with anticipation and looking forward to the fun bit, and then the fun bit turns into a pain in the @r$e!! I've been there, but my nature makes me keep trying til I 'get' it.
Posted by: Marianne | September 06, 2008 at 06:23 AM
Erin- I hate when this happens, It has happened to me many times. Sometimes I never finished the project, sometimes I did, the times I did made it so much more worth it than the times I didn't. Knit on.
Posted by: KeanaLee | September 07, 2008 at 08:09 AM
ooh, I wanna see that orange top so bad!
I'm glad you're working through the knitting woes. I hate when I get frustrated with a thing.
Speaking of knitting, I need a little help figuring out how to carry a second color yarn through a hat. Do you knit with multiple colors ever?
Posted by: Tracy | September 08, 2008 at 10:56 AM
oh erin! hang in there 1 i'm sure you'll make it great! i do feel for you , i have a giant knotted ball of yarn that i've been working on for 2 wks , thanks to my lovely children :0)
Posted by: nicole | September 08, 2008 at 11:02 AM
I have been there. The cabling was a bear to get through. I was counting and recounting, knitting and unknitting like a mad-woman. But eventually you get through it and then it is smooth sailing. You can do it!
Posted by: Kara | September 09, 2008 at 11:41 AM
I am SO glad that I am not the only one who let's the f-bombs slip out of her mouth while doing projects! Sometimes, it just can't be helped!
Posted by: Lula Dahl | September 22, 2008 at 03:15 AM
Hi- I have found that my bones ache and if I keep going hurt when I use metal needles. They don't when I use wooden or plastic needles. I know you have finished the sweater (which looks awesome, btw) but that might help in the future.
Posted by: Tara Miller | November 11, 2008 at 10:19 AM