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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...
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    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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    1969 days ago
    Congratulations on your new project
    1969 days ago
    You are a better woman then me.

    but you should always eat.

    1969 days ago
    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!
    1969 days ago
    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.
    1969 days ago
  • MISSG180
    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!
    1969 days ago
  • LIS193
    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...
    1969 days ago
    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.
    1969 days ago
    Bet your afghan will be pretty when you're finished! HUGS
    1969 days ago
    A great homemade dinner along with new yarn and a new pattern. Sounds like a near perfect evening.
    1970 days ago
    1970 days ago
    I have always wanted to learn to knit
    1970 days ago
    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

    1970 days ago
    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.
    1970 days ago
    please do not skip meals all the best
    1970 days ago
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