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My Yarn Hates Me

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I wrote last time about the insane difficulty I'm having with some gorgeous fuzzy lace yarn. I've restarted the shawl/scarf project multiple times as I keep making mistakes. At last I decided to keep going regardless of mistakes, as it's so fuzzy and so many yarn-overs that (I hope) no one can tell there are a million errors.

But I do find working on it frustrating, so I only do a few rows at a time, then go to something else for a while. I wanted to find a yarn and pattern to work on that wouldn't be so difficult, so I chose to pull out something I'd put aside years ago, half-done. It's called the Mitred Square Vest, and with worsted yarn and made out of mitred squares, it IS pretty simple. You can check it out here:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/delisi/mitered-square-vest

Or if you're not on Ravelry (and why AREN'T you on Ravelry ?), here's a picture.




It worked fairly well with minimal mistakes. So why am I upset? Because it came out HUGE. I mad…

Winning the War With My Yarn

I've been knitting since I was five years old, and most of that time, I've been able to knit easily and with minimal mistakes. I made afghans, sweaters, hats, scarves, shawls, headbands, bags, and anything else I found. I even convinced some of my teachers in high school to let me knit during class, if we were watching a movie or just having a dialogue.

But lately it seems all I can knit is mistakes. If there were a trophy for the most mistakes in one project, or the most frogged project, I'd win hands down.

A lot of things are to blame. First is not matching the project to the type of knitting needle: material it's made of, the shape and sharpness of the tips, and the type of yarn. Second is the yarn...is it fuzzy? Hard to work with? Slippery? Is it loosely plied? Third, is the project too complex for me, or will it frustrate me with charts (I hate charts)? And finally, a chunk of the blame lands on my shoulders because as I get older, I naturally get slower, have mor…