Saturday, April 14, 2007

What's Wrong with this Picture?

See the mittens? See the blue line of stitches on the right mitten, ready for the afterthought thumb? Notice how the left mitten is missing a row of blue stitches. GRRRR! I had planned on finishing this project over Easter weekend, and sat down with them last Friday evening. I worked half a row, and then checked to see which hand I was working. That’s when I noticed the missing stitches.

I don’t even want to try and put a thumb in without those stitches, so one alternative would be to rip back. Look how far I’d have to rip! And the yarn would be a tangle, since it’s been stranded over and over for many, many rows.

The other thing I don’t like about these mittens is that they seem to widen out to such a broad top. I can’t figure out if it’s an illusion or not. The design makes them look top heavy, but they also seem way too big when I try one on. I didn't show the front of the mitten, but it's got a Celtic-style emblem with lots of diagonal lines. You know how those can fool the eye.

So, even though these mittens are more than ¾ done, I’m thinking I’m going to rip them out completely. I think this yarn really wants to be a hat, or a headband. After all this, that’s what it’s telling me!

I started this project during the 2006 Winter Olympics, and was really looking forward to getting it done and moving on. It kind of put a damper on the weekend knitting.

The other damper on the week has been a constant ringing in my head. It started out in one ear, on April 6, but now it feels deeply rooted in my brain. I’m going to the doctor on Monday, but I’m doubtful that the cure will be a simple change of medication or whack upside the head. If it were only that easy. However, since it’s starting to affect my sleep (not getting any), and my sunny disposition (ha!), it’s time to stop messing around on my own and call in the professionals.

The thing that gets me is that one year ago, before I started the big diet and exercise kick, I would have expected something like this. But why now, after I’ve lost 55 pounds, and walked 140 miles on my treadmill, and cut out the bad foods? It’s a mystery.

Finally, here’s a photo of the finished potholder project. These were fun to make, and I will probably do another pair this spring or summer. It would be a good project to take to the ballgames when they start, because the pattern is easily memorized and not hard to keep track of.


  1. You could do an afterthought thumb ... EZ describes it in one of her books, although I think she was talking about afterthought buttonholes. Same concept. It might also be explained somewhere on the web; try a Google search.

  2. I'm sorry to hear you've been under the weather and that you had a knitting problem. I hope you're feeling better now. Please know that I received a fabulous Knitters Treat package from you, and I appreciate all the time and effort you put in! I'll be checking back in on you!