March 17, 2010

Percy Schmercy!

I've been working on the Percy shawl for weeks and I'm sad to report that it's going so slow that I'm all but ripping my hair out in clumps!  Every row causes me to stutter, ga ... ga ... gaso ... gasoline!  I've searched the Ravelry forums looking to see if anyone is stuck in the same place that I am, but so far no luck.

Admittedly, I am bad at math, and truth be told, I've been known to miss a yarn over occasionally.  And further to that, too many yarn overs make me want to wind the yarn around my head (to cover up the bald patches).  I got this far (halfway):

It's hard to tell where I am based on the picture, but I'm about halfway - and stuck.  Makes me want to gas my head in the oven having to continue reading the chart.  All I can say is that I am going to finish it and it's going to be beautiful and then I'm going to gift it and then vow never to torture myself like this again.

That said, I needed a break from kntting.  All that trying to be faithful to one project is driving me nuts.  So I took a short break and warped my loom with some white cotton and wefted with some varigated green cotton and made myself a dish towel:

It's not much to look at, and there were a couple of mistakes because I was overconfident:

And the it was wide enough, but not long enough and my hemming skills could use a little work.  It would have been perfect if the warping peg hadn't been pulled off its perch so many times.   Next time I'll try harder to make it secure.

Ultimately, it's going to hang in my kitchen for the next week and my son has been threatened repeatedly about using it.  He can use it after his hands are clean!  You know how boys can be: wet hands, shake off water, wipe dirt on dish towel.  Oy!

Now I have to grunt around here looking for something else to keep me from knitting on Percy.  At least for now I can look at my flawed dishtowel and know that I can start and finish something.

I'm going to put a sign on my front lawn that says "beware of flying purple objects" just in case I end up throwing Percy out my bedroom window.  Of course, when it's done I'll be dancing (and bragging, no doubt).

Off I go - back to Percy.


  1. Boys and dirty hands. I have a couple sets of dirty hands at home too. On sunny days, these little, or not so little hands do a lot of digging, and if I don't stop them, like to redecorate my walls!

  2. Yes, well, you're obviously a better woman than me. I knitted and ripped back 7 times each 4 decorative edges because the YO's got to me. And ultimately, I took your advice and just crocheted the darned thing on.
    On a side note, it's coming out really nice, so you're definitely doing something right. not sure what, because again, those darned YO's would drive me to drink (which is not a good thing when you're 9 1/2 months pregnant!). I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project, even if it doesn't happen until 2012. In the meantime, I know a little baby that's due to arrive in two weeks that might need one or two little things knit for it. Booties, sweater, this baby is #3 so it's not particular on what it wants. It just wants period. HEEHEE! Enjoy your day and welcome back. love the updates!

  3. I hope you'll figure it out, because it will be a stunning shawl!
    Who cares about a few mistakes. You achieved what I wanted to do for a while, making a dish towel! I hope there will be lots more!