Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sometimes it's a Struggle

Most of the time, my life just goes along smoothly.  I truly am blessed with a Sweetie who loves me and takes good care of me and our family.  I have a good job, that is both a challenge and a joy (most days).  To top it all off, I've got two great kids, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law that I adore, and a darling granddaughter who steals our hearts and never has to go "fishing" for attention!
Still, sometimes I struggle.  I struggle to get everything done that I want to do.  I struggle with eating right and exercising (she says, as she mainlines chocolate and peanut butter, as though she is helpless against it's power).  Sometimes I even struggle in my stitching. . .

Today's tale is one of knitting struggles.  There will be tinking, and possibly frogging to fix the fine mess this has turned into:
The sweater is Abalone, and it's supposed to hang openly, framing my frame and gracefully grazing my hips in back.  However, just after finishing the I-cord binding (is that the longest-ever bind off, or what?), I slipped it on to check the fit.  The bind off is too tight.  It draws in at the corners in front, and rather than gracefully grazing my hips, it pulls and puckers in all the wrong places. . .sigh!  I tried to block it into submission, but it's not submitting. . .I'm gonna have to rrrrrrip out that I-cord, and either re-do it with a GIANT needle, or using another type of bind off.  

My other struggle is a little sweater that doesn't look like it's going to be big enough for the recipient.  I got gauge (it's a miracle!), but it still looks too small. . .without the wearer close-by for try-ons, I guess I am just going to just keep going and see what happens. . .
Worst-case, I suppose that I'll re-knit, but maybe it will be fine.  Still, it feels like a struggle.  So, on this snowy Saturday of struggles, I am glad that I have some time to spend with my favorite Peanut!  Here's a little snippet of the kind of Saturday sunshine she can bring if we'll only add a little chocolate ice cream.
I hope that your Saturday is full of joy and free of heartache, and I hope that your stitching is struggle-free.  Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!


  1. I am having knitting struggles! Usually I'm knitting like crazy and lately, it's been slow going. I'll send positive thoughts to both of us!

    1. Thanks for the good vibes, Rachele! Good luck getting your mojo back...

  2. OH I am so sad that blocking didn't help Abalone! You will have it fixed in no time though!

    1. I think if I just redo the bind off, that will be enough...but the bind off took FOREVER...ugh! Thanks for the vote of confidence!