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Rainy Saturday evening

Saturday, December 01, 2012

I finally got the yarn for my new afghan today. It's a four-color pattern called entrelac (basketweave). I wasn't crazy about the instructions for the second row because it would have made that row out of synch with the entire rest of the pattern. I started to do it as written and actually felt guilty about wanting to change it. I finally went back and changed it so the colors and the way each color slants in the pattern will be symmetrical. I seriously doubt the designer will ever see my afghan to know I didn't follow her directions to the letter! Besides, I've been knitting for over forty years. I think I may know a little about the subject.

However, it fired up my fairly broad obsessive streak because I kept knitting and didn't want to stop. Bottom line, I'm having dinner at 8:30 tonight, more than twelve hours after breakfast with no lunch. But every time I went to put down the knitting, I'd think, "oh, just a few more." It's a trait that does cause me trouble from time to time (like how I work through lunch at the office). I finally MADE myself put down the knitting and put some chicken, butternut squash and a potato in the oven.

I have a five-day weekend coming up for Christmas. I seriously can't wait. Yes, I did just have the same thing for Thanksgiving, but I have felt physically and emotionally drained out and exhausted for a long time. I still don't know if my ex will bring our son for Christmas. Just have to wait to see on that.

Dinner is starting to smell good...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KRICKET57 12/3/2012 8:35AM

    Sounds like you know what is best for your afghan but you need to also do what is best in your life. Make time for the meals you need, it will give you the energy you need to keep up with everything else, including your knitting. You are doing great and soon things will begin to look up. Keep pushing, you can do it!.

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BALLOUZOO 12/2/2012 10:00PM

    Congratulations on your new project

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RAINBOWMF 12/2/2012 9:00PM

    You are a better woman then me.

but you should always eat.


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LYNNWILK2 12/2/2012 5:47PM

    Love that you are courageous to take charge of how you want your afghan to look. I think that is great. You shouldn't be skipping lunch, or a snack ... I know I know you're on a roll and don't want to stop. But do take a break and it will help you keep emotionally more in control.

happy knitting!

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MONETRUBY 12/2/2012 3:21PM

    I love that you changed the pattern-much better for it to look pleasing to your eye, than that you follow the pattern to the letter. I'm sure it will be beautiful! Please post pictures when it is done.

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MISSG180 12/2/2012 12:49PM

    As one who regularly changes recipes when I cook and patterns when I quilt--and who ignores the GPS lady when I drive! -- I fully support your educated decision to do it your way!

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LIS193 12/2/2012 11:25AM

    Changing the pattern to how you prefer it is totally ok! It is going to be YOUR creation - a pattern is only a guideline.
I hear you on wanting do "one more" row - time flies by like that...

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BIGPAWSUP 12/2/2012 11:07AM

    Congrats on doing what you wanted on your blanket! That is the way it should be. A patter, just like a recipe, should be a suggestion.

I used to work through lunch and other such non-sense. I found setting a timer to be valuable. When it goes off I HAVE to move. That makes me aware of my soundings again.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2012 10:55AM

    Bet your afghan will be pretty when you're finished! HUGS

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MRS_TOAD 12/2/2012 9:05AM

    A great homemade dinner along with new yarn and a new pattern. Sounds like a near perfect evening.

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NUTRON3 12/2/2012 5:41AM

    I have always wanted to learn to knit

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THINRONNA 12/2/2012 2:41AM

    Your afghan sounds lovely...I wouldn't worry one bit about changing the way it is done...I'll bet it was a mistake in the instructions. You know a ton about knitting and can see when something doesn't look right. I find that with recipes all the time.

I agree with NASFKAB though...please don't skip meals. We need you healthy! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/2/2012 2:28AM

    That's a longtime without eating, don't do that to yourself. Fingers crossed that you'll be able to spend Christmas with your son. I know that will mean a lot to you.

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NASFKAB 12/1/2012 11:55PM

  please do not skip meals all the best

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