Thursday, January 5, 2012

Something's Not Right Here...

I don't know how long you have been following the two of us Jo's, but if it has been since 2007, and if you followed our other shared blog before the birth of this one, you might remember when I got started creating a Tunisian Crochet blanket to match my *newly* decorated master bedroom.  I was so excited.  For the rest of you (all but Joanna...), you can check out my excitement here and here.  (I had to laugh out loud when I looked at that first post and read Marie's comment about using red text!) Anyway, I got about 3 feet of this blanket crocheted, and then it was summer and I was too hot to crochet a blanket.  Oh, and I got pregnant with my third baby and started a Chinese adoption.  I put this lovely blanket on the shelf and nearly forgot about it.  Fast forward 4 years from the time I started this blanket...I remembered how beautiful it was and how excited I was and thought, "It's never to late to finish a project!" So I got it out and lovingly started crocheting this blanket again.  

I was working on it diligently, but even so I thought it was progressing so much quicker than I remembered! It was at that point that I realized a very important crafting truth: When it has been 4 years since using a skill, one should review the rules and pattern for said skill before trying to pick it up again.

I made so much progress - look!

It looks fantastic until you back up a bit.  Notice a problem?  ::sigh::

Forgetting one simple step causes this rapid reduction in the length of each row!  No wonder I was moving through it so quickly!  I was stitching less and less with each row I made!

So I had to weep and rip out row after row after row, until this is all that is left: 

Yep, you guessed it - about 3 feet of blanket.  Then I got so discouraged, I put it on a shelf and haven't touched it since.  But I did start knitting a pair of socks! (With equally disastrous results...Of course, that is for another post!)


Joanna said...

ROTFLMBO! Oh my word. I know I shouldn't laugh, and I'd cry, too but that was incredibly funny. Mostly because I've done that before. LOL!!!!

Marie said...

Oh no! I feel your pain. This is one of the big reasons I use to convince myself to stick with sewing and not get back into knitting. It's much more painful to undo your mistakes with knitting and crochet. But when you do finish it (because YOU WILL FINISH THIS BLANKET!!) you are going to love it and always remember how much work and determination you put into it. I've only finished two crocheted blankets. One that my dad has and still uses everyday on his bed and the other is constantly in our living being fought over. So you see, one day, it will all seem worth it.