A nurse who knits…

May 6, 2008

Icarus has died…

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 12:09 am

I’ve been knitting Icarus as my only project for about a month now.  It was going well.  I’d make a mistake here and there because it’s so dang boring.  k2 together, yo, knit 7, skpo.  That’s all I did for about 3.5 weeks.  Then chart 2 came along.  It came and went with a few mistakes.  I actually was way off on the stitch count for the first row.  I think I had 7 stitches too many.  That was corrected with some strategic decreasing.  Then I realized that my stitch count was actually right on the next right sided row.  Gosh… so I had to add them back in.  This was the start of my denial.  I kept compensating for little mistakes.  Then chart 3 was started last Friday.  I was doing so many decreases and increases to compensate for my incorrect stitch count.  Ugh…

So I brought Icarus with me to my knitting group on Saturday.  The day started out wonderful.  Nice and sunny.  Great company.  I knitted on Icarus for about 2 hours.  Then I looked at the shawl.  A really good look.  Ack!  The lace was not lining up!  I mourned for about 5 minutes and made the decision to frog it.  I got a few protests from the group.  But I stood my ground.  Denial is an ugly thing and I’ve said it before.  There were too many mistakes for me to be happy with this.  I didn’t want my wedding shawl to start my married life with that many mistakes.  Lisa told me that she knits everything with at least one mistake.  Another woman told me that I shouldn’t hold this project to too high of a standard or it would freak Matt out.  He’d think that he’d have to be perfect and marriage isn’t always perfect.  I listened to everyone’s opinion and started to frog it.  This was very unpopular and a few women left… I wonder if it was because they couldn’t stand to see 500+ rows of lace weight knitting go poof in 15 minutes.

So, I was going to take a break from Icarus but decided to keep on going.  If I stopped, I might never pick it up again.  So since the pattern is so familiar, I’m trucking thru it.  I’m on the 2nd repeat of the stockinette pattern.  Yeah!!!!

So… lesson learned, use lifelines once I get thru the main repeats.  Rip your work back and pay attention to the stitch count.  It WILL come back to bite you in the butt later.



  1. Oh, no! I’m so sorry. I don’t think I could face Icarus a second time. In fact, it is the only lace shawl I’ve ever done, just because it was such a mountain to climb. But I for one think you’re right about re-doing it. You want your wedding shawl to be something you can be proud of. So hang in there. I can tell you from personal experience that it will be perfect for your wedding day.

    Comment by Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) — May 6, 2008 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  2. I’m sorry that you had to frog it, and hope that the second time goes better….I’m doing the shawl now, and thought I’d add a lifeline on the last repeat of the stockinette part – because I can see myself doing exactly what you did!

    Comment by Jeanne — May 7, 2008 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  3. Denial is a river in Egypt … I still say you should have let it go – it was BEAUTIFUL!! wish we had taken a picture before you frogged!

    Comment by georgeanne — May 9, 2008 @ 12:07 am | Reply

  4. Even though you frogged so much work, I would venture to guess that you feel you made the right decision. Some things are worth the effort to do our very best and not accept less from ourselves. Feeling this way is one of the reasons you are an excellent nurse. “Happy Nurses Week!” to you.

    Comment by Cindy — May 9, 2008 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  5. For what it’s worth, I think you made the right move in frogging that much back. It’s your wedding shawl and you have to be comfortable wearing it. It’s not like it’s a knockabout shawl or anything. It’s very special. This time around you will be more careful as you say. Best Wishes!

    Comment by lella — May 11, 2008 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

  6. Ack! The pain. (But I can relate.)

    Comment by Joan — May 19, 2008 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

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