Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Even When It's Bad, It's Still Pretty Good

All day today I have been pondering the problem with the baby booties that I started last week. As I posted yesterday, the one that I had started was destined for the frog pond. But something kept me from doing that last night. I don't know what it was. The more I thought about them though, the more I thought, "I can conquer these." I've frogged things before but for some reason I wanted these booties to work. Maybe because they are baby things and they're little and I should be able to handle little sock things, right? Or maybe because the instructions were vague (to me anyways) but everyone else seems to get nice results. What was I doing wrong? So, being the stubborn one that I am, I ripped back to the ribbing and tried again. And this was the result:
Notice anything weird? Like how the sole smooshes out sideways, like I seamed it in the wrong direction? Well, I was just following the instructions.
The foot from the top looks like it could almost work but the bottom turned out terrible. I thought I just Kitchener stitched it the wrong way but then I realized the decreases had to be in the wrong place. I have no idea how they got this way. I'm terribly frustrated with the instructions though. I'm a very literal thinker. If you say, "Turn left in front of the school," there had better be a road in front of the school, not off to one side or slightly ahead or behind. Maybe I'm just a moron and haven't figured out how to read a pattern yet. I can't bring myself to kill this masterpiece yet. When I do it will probably be ripped back to the ribbing and turned into a sock or something.

Thankfully the Presto Chango baby sweater is coming along well.

I didn't work on it tonight but I got a lot done yesterday after a minor setback involving a knot in the middle of the thread and an extra stitch. All fixed though and looking adorable.

I must say though that as much grief as knitting can give me, as bad as the baby bootie turned out, and peeved as I am at the instructions, I'm still really happy I tried. I didn't hate the process. In fact I loved it. I hated the result but not the actual knitting. I heard a saying once that sex was like pizza, even when it's bad it's still pretty good. I guess knitting is the same way.

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