I’ve always heard no one likes a quitter but at some point, you have to know when to fold ’em.
Yesterday morning was pattern release day and I was so excited to get started. The pattern is Diamondback Socks and they are beautiful.
First off, I decided my yarn choice was not a good one. I had another skein of yarn I had wound “just in case”. It was a Lorna’s Laces Solemate yarn and it was working out much better than the less colorful Miss Babs yarn I had wanted to use.
I started out with the one long circular needle to do the magic loop and quickly decided double points would work better for this pattern so I switched to those. They were bugging me so I switched to 2 circular needles, then went back to double points.
On my first attempt, I got to Tier 4. The socks really are going to be pretty socks but I had made a couple of mistakes early on and after Tier 4, I thought “I have this down now” so I ripped back to the ribbing and started over. By the time I got to the second tier, my hands were aching, i had done one of the diamonds wrong and had a “poof” and I said . . I give up. I unwound all the yarn and put it aside. When Vince got home, he said “You quit? You never quit!” Oh, great . . put that guilt trip on me! Judy is a quitter!
After dinner I said “I can do this!” and I started over again. Cast on and did ribbing. Added a lifeline this time. I did Tier 1 and I said . . I really don’t like knitting these socks. I don’t mind hard things but I really don’t like these and . . life is too short. I quit again.
My plan was to save the ribbing and make another pair of socks but these, because of the bias and short rows, I had to go up a size and the ribbing was going to be too big for anything I wanted. Vince won’t wear my knitted socks so .. it’s all wound back up and the third pair of Tour-de-Socks just isn’t happening or me.
And . . my decision is made and I can move forward . . without second thoughts!
This morning I’m back to working on my tortoise shell socks, waiting for July 1 and all those KALs to begin.